The junior Bugatti has been done before: in 1926 Ettore Bugatti built a half-scale replica of the mighty Type 35 for his four-year-old son. But his customers saw the junior Bug and insisted on one for their offspring too, and in the end around 500 Bugatti Babys were made between 1927 and ’36, these days all very collectible.
Rear-wheel-drive with a limited-slip differential and regenerative braking via modern brakes on each wheel, the 2019 Baby has been created from digital scans of a real Type 35, often said to be the world’s winningest racing car. The eight-spoke aluminium alloy wheels are copies of Ettore Bugatti’s design for his first Type 35 racer in 1924.
In the cockpit, there are bespoke Bugatti instruments and a re-creation of the Type 35’s distinctive four-spoke steering wheel. Making the car three-quarter scale rather than half-scale allows adults to drive it as well as their kids, says Bugatti.
And its colour? French Racing Blue of course, though other hues are available. Each car also gets a numbered plaque commemorating Bugatti’s 110th anniversary this year. Price? It’s the bargain of the Bugatti range costing just €30,000 plus taxes, so just under £30,000. Get saving kids!