So, on a late September Saturday morning, I squeezed into the passenger seat of a small, pale-blue car, with sunglasses providing protection from bugs and low-flying seagulls, a cap on backwards so I looked the part, and a grin a mile wide across my face.
The underside of my thighs was massaged by the gear-change rod that goes across the full width of the tiny cockpit, and the outer side of my left foot was tickled by a chain from the brake mechanism.
It’s small, low, narrow, ‘mechanical’ in appearance – and there are no doors.
The Bugatti, Australian owned since the early 1950s, was restored by Auto Restorations in Christchurch in 2005 and has just been back for the final act before being returned to the Land of Oz.
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