Bugatti found in lake




Bugatti found in lake

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  • A pictorial view of René Dreyfus's former Type 22 twin-plug Brescia Roadster, recently exhumed after nearly 75 years underwater. The Bugatti from the Lake - Bugatti Type 22 Brescia from Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car. For the locals around Lake Maggiore on the Italian-Swiss.

    The Bugatti that lay at the bottom of a lake for 73 years – the playboy owner The Bugatti was not seen again until when diver Ugo Pillon.

    This vintage Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster was discovered at the bottom of Lake Maggiore on the border of Switzerland and Italy.

    Bugatti found in lake

    Bugatti found in lake

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    Bugatti found in lake

    Bugatti found in lake

    Bugatti found in lake

    Bugatti found in lake

    Bugatti found in lake

    Like many second-hand cars, it could do with a drop or two of WD The rare touring Bugatti was pushed into the water by a frustrated tax official in after the owner abandoned it in Switzerland without paying the appropriate import tax. Scroll down for video. Then, in , the car was re-discovered by a diver, Ugo Pillon, who was curious to find out if there was any truth to the story.

    He found the Bugatti lying on its side over ft below the surface and from then on members of the local diving club regularly visited it. It was brought back up to the surface in July of last year by the club to raise money to fund a charity which addresses juvenile violence. It was founded after a fellow diver died after being beaten up by three youths. It was registered in his name in The car had four cylinders, a 1. It was a two-seater with no roof and was very light.

    Bugatti found in lake

    The Bugatti was a two-seater with no roof and very light. It could reach speeds of almost mph. Later versions of the car were made in France, but this was known as a Brescia Bugatti, after the Italian town where it was manufactured. As to who owned it in Ascona, Switzerland, it has not been determined, however, auctioneers Bonhams believe the most likely candidate is Marco Max Schmuklerski, a Zurich-born architect of Polish descent.

    He is known to have worked there for three years, designing a number of buildings, before returning to Zurich. It is possible he acquired the car while studying architecture at the famous Beaux Arts school in Paris where he may have met George Nielly.

    Bugatti found in lake

    But Mr Schmuklerski brought it back to Switzerland without paying import duties. Another theory is that he bought the car from a French tourist or client in Ascona. Whatever the case, the car always kept its French plates and import duties were never paid.

    Mr Schmuklerski is believed to have left the car behind when he left Ascona and it then remained stored in a builder's yard. But customs officials became aware of the car's existence and insisted on the import duties being paid. By this time the duties could well have amounted to more than the value of the well-used car which was 11 years old. In the case of non-payment, the car had to be destroyed and the easiest way to do so was to tip it into the nearby lake.

    But should it ever be needed to be recovered a heavy chain was attached. However this finally corroded away and the car fell to the lakebed at a depth of ft. Incredibly, when it was retrieved last summer, there was still air in the tyres and traces of the original Bugatti blue on its bodywork. It's believed that 20 per cent of the vehicle is salvageable and collectors and museums are said to be keen to buy it.

    Bugatti found in lake

    Clockwise from top left: The front of the car, with its grille and a headlamp; the battery, the seating area with the remains of the steering wheel visible; and, finally, part of the dashboard with the oil measure right. James Knight, from Bonhams auction house, said: He was legally obliged to destroy it and rolling it into the lake seemed the best way. All money raised will go towards the Damiano Tamagni Foundation which is based in the town.

    The sale is on January 23 at the Bonhams Retromobile sale in France. Seen from another angle the state of the car's disintegration becomes more apparent. Watch the recovery of the Bugatti car here The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Share or comment on this article: Father hits and kicks six-year-old son Loni Willison appears to be homeless in Los Angeles Former Baywatch star avoids questions about his homeless ex-wife Melania Trump departs for her first solo trip Africa.

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