GENEVA -- Bugatti is reviving its Bugatti Baby driveable toy car nearly 100 years after the supercar maker made the first one.
A mock-up of the new car was unveiled at the auto show here today and displayed alongside an original Baby.
The original was a half-scale model based on the groundbreaking Type 35 racecar built in 1922 by founder Ettore Bugatti for his son, Roland, for his fourth birthday. Interest was so strong for the car that Bugatti made another 500.
Production of the new Baby will also be limited to 500. The starting price will be 30,000 euros when it goes on sale later this year. The car is a 75 percent scale replica, making it larger than the half-scale original.
Like the original, the new Baby is electric. Top speed is 19 kph (12 mph) in the child mode and 45 kph in the adult setting. A Speed Key gives access to the full 10 kilowatts of power, mimicking the Speed Key function on the Bugatti Chiron supercar. The original had a top speed of 19 kph.
The Volkswagen Group subsidiary said the car was created by scanning an original Type 35. Details that match the original include cast-alloy wheels, a spare tire secured with leather straps and a leaf spring suspension. Updates include a limited slip differential for better traction and handling.
The new Baby will be will sold through Bugatti’s existing dealer network and via a dedicated website, www.bugattibaby.com.
The 500 units of the original Baby were produced between 1927 and 1937 and have become highly collectable with some fetching up to $100,000. The toy cars were incredibly detailed for their era, including pneumatic tires, sophisticated suspension and braking for all four wheels.