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Delahaye USA Bugnotti Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

There was time in the late '70s and early '80s in America when a few misguided industrious souls decided to recreate some of the most iconic shapes in motoring history. Kit cars with shapes emulating classic Bugatti, Delahaye, Auburn, Pierce-Arrow, Mercedes, Bentley and Rolls-Royce designs flourished, many poorly made and based on cars like the Buick Regal or Lincoln Town Car. With the originals selling for six, seven or even eight figures, it wasn't surprising that anyone would want a budget alternative, but the offerings were generally more of an insult to the originals than a tribute.

Flash forward a few decades and you'll now find companies like Delahaye USA taking up a similar charge. Rather than offering unfortunate fiberglass bodies for existing vehicles, however, the NJ company is building modern interpretations of some of those classic designs, with the intent to show what those legendary designers of yore might be building today. Take their "Bella Figura" Bugnotti Coupe above, for instance. Inspired by the 1937 Bugatti Type 57S, it's said to be a tribute to Ettore Bugatti's son, Jean. At least as it shows in these renderings, we think it is beyond gorgeous.

The company has been showing off a 1/4-scale model of the project at certain shows and concours recently, but will have a full-size version to display for the first time this Fall. The full-scale carbon fiber body is set to debut at Retro Auto Aug. 13-15, in Pebble Beach, during the annual classic car festivities in Northern California. Delahaye USA plans to offer a turnkey version of the coupe on a custom chassis with an alloy body for $450,000, while a clear-coated or painted carbon fiber version will sell for around $250,000. Plans are to make a targa-style roof and drophead version as well. Check out the small gallery below and be sure to click over to the Delahaye USA site to see some of their other beautiful projects.

[Source: Delahaye USA | Renderings: Steve Wilkonski]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know why, but my first thought about this car was that if you stick a couple of bat wing-style fins on the rear fenders, you'd have an awesome 1930's Batmobile.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those legendary designers would have moved beyond pontoon fenders by now. They were artistic, but they were also technical. This just apes the designs of yore with modern construction. It's more restorod than an evolution, which is fine if that's what you're into but I wouldn't pass it off as anything more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL @ "bugnotti"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Obviously these guys have talent, so why don't they design something ORIGINAL?

      What makes kit cars lame is when they are REPLICAS, not the fact they are home built, or fiberglass, or built on an existing chassis.

        • 4 Years Ago
        This is gorgeous, despite the paint job, but you are right, it's not exactly original is it? Didn't Chrysler do a Atlantic Concept back in '95? That was original even though it took it's inspiration from the Bugatti Atlantique. I always wondered why they never tried to manufacture that car, especially with Bob Lutz at the helm. It could have saved their image instead of just luring Daimler to come take advantage of them. It could have shown how a true evolution of this classic Bugatti could look today. But for now this will just have to do.
        Arthur Dunning III
        • 1 Year Ago
        The thing about Delahaye USA, Lucas, is that it's not your run-of-the-mill car building company. They cater to customers who want to drive a Delahaye or Bugatti but can't afford or are leery about driving the real thing. Also, they're not replicas the way we understand them. The vehicles they build are modern interpretations of the Delahayes, Bugattis and so on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It flows nice, but that paint scheme is dreadful for a vehicle that expensive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      So an alloy version is $450k, but carbon fiber is about half that?
        • 4 Years Ago
        1. Order Car.
        2. Select Carbon Fiber option.
        3. ???????
        4. Profit!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The renderings posted above look phenomenal, but on their website there are too few actual photos of the real cars to get a real idea of what the end product looks like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the old Figoni et Falaschi bodied Delehayes and Tablot Lago vehicles. I would like to seem them offer a slightly moderized version, as in get rid of the bid headlights and maybe tuck them inside the large grill or find a more subtle place for them. My gut feeling is if you have a few hundred grand to burn, they would likely mod your order. Now I just need the few hundred thousand extra dollars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah.... it's still lame. I expect to see one in a 'Lil Wayne video upon the end of his incarceration.

      • 4 Years Ago
      More a modern interpretation of the plastic Auburn of the 70's than any 1930's Bugatti.

      Way to crap on the Delahaye marque, guys.

      RIP: Original thought.
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