Bugatti as kinetic art? Rare Pedal Cars Honors the Iconic Brand

Bugatti is often considered the most prestigious automobile in the world. The French automobile company was founded in 1909 by Ettore Bugatti. Throughout its nearly 108-year history, the craftsmanship of its vehicles is unmatched.

Despite Bugatti’s beauty and legend, the exclusive company has endured its traps like almost every other high-end manufacturer. Ettore Bugatti died in 1947 and was predeceased by his son Jean. The death of the oldest child marked the beginning of the demise of the original business.

The company was in such financial disarray in the early 1960s, its inventory was sold for use as aircraft parts. The company was sold to Hispano-Suiza in 1963, and the Bugatti name was sold to its current owner Volkswagen in 1998.

Yet Bugatti is arguably the most sought-after vehicle in the world. Its most famous models are the Type 35 Grand Prix, the Type 41, the Royale, the Type 57 Atlantic and the Type 55, a sports car.

In recent years, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has often been cited as the fastest legal street car in the world, with its pedigree stretching to the limit. The Veyron is used as an official police vehicle by law enforcement in Dubai.

The automaker’s status in the auto industry is a favorite among ambitious master craftsmen, including Sacramento maker Tom Boutos. He created eight of what he describes as kinetic sculptures.

The pedal car featured in the images and video in his article is the third in the series. It is a representation of Type 51 and is owned by William Thomas of Sacramento.

As Boutos details and as featured on its corresponding website,, the pedal cars are a tribute to the craftsmanship and heritage of the famous manufacturer.

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