Cars were a different sort of thing before WWII, and luxury cars in particular were very different than they are today. Making a car like a Bugatti was the work of an artisan, someone who had devoted his life to the craft. It is therefore only fitting to have such a car repaired by someone who takes a similar approach to working on them, and the father and son team at Garage Novo does indeed take such an approach. Jean Novo first fell in love with Bugattis at a very young age, and his father bought him one, back when the cars were hardly worth anything at all.
Jean’s first Bugatti was a complete wreck, and restoring it was a crash course on the idiosyncrasies of the brand. He has since learned the skill and the respect required to fix prewar Bugattis, and has put an estimated 200,000 kilometers (125,000 miles) on his personal car. Since plans for so many of the parts only recently became available, Jean used to reverse engineer, design and build replacement parts for the cars himself. It’s an amazing labor of love, but prewar Bugattis are very special cars, and worth the extra work.
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Bugatti’s Glorious Past Is Alive At Garage Novo: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 7 June 2015 09:00 EST.