Wed, 27th Apr 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

  Lot 14

1988 Bugatti Type 35B Evocation by TEAL
No Reserve

Sold for £16,875

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: JSU 534
Chassis No: MA2S5995856
MOT: Exempt

  • Aluminium-bodied example, powered by a B-Series Morris Engine
  • Finished in French Racing Blue, with Black upholstery
  • Entered from a deceased estate

At the Pack Horse Inn, Affetside, Alan Hunter showed his two friends Ian Foster and Tony Rogers a brochure of a Volkswagen-based, rear-engined, fibreglass replica of a Bugatti Type 35 he had picked up on a business trip to America. Ian Foster, once a chassis designer for Daimler, demonstrated on the back of a cigarette packet, how a strong chassis could be produced using the American body moulds to end up with a front-engined version. In short, the Worsley Bugatti was born. However, Ian remembered from his days at Daimler, that Worsley was the nickname for a Friday car - a ‘duff’ one - so a search was made for a new name. In the end, Trafford Engineering Automotive Limited (TEAL) was decided upon. In 1986, Bob Jones purchased TEAL Cars from Ian Foster. Bob developed (with chassis builder Peter Farrell) the early T35 to accept a more authentic aluminium coachwork. On the 5th October 1986, the first all aluminium TEAL was born. Public reaction was highly positive with the company selling 16 cars in the first six months. The TEAL was further developed with the Types 43, 44, 52 and 59 versions also being manufactured. TEAL Cars finally ceased production in 1998. Today, there is a thriving club to cater for all types of TEAL.

Entered from a deceased estate, this aluminium-bodied example is finished traditionally in Blue with Black upholstery and a matching tonneau cover. Wonderfully detailed, with a plethora of louvres and vents; the car correctly rides on its original factory-fitment alloy wheels and ‘Grand Prix’ tyres. Other niceties include a side-exit exhaust, 'engine-turned' effect bulkhead / dashboard, wood-rimmed steering wheel, external handbrake, electric heater and dual Brooklands aero screens. Said to be "a blast" to drive with a convincingly Vintage sound and feel, the late owner’s son describes the car as being "good to very good" in regards to the B-series 1800cc engine on twin carburettors, four-speed manual gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim and paintwork. The Bob Jones aluminium TEALs are fast becoming recognised in their own right and here we have an opportunity to purchase an unmolested and well cared for example in completely standard specification.

Please note – This lot is described as a ‘Morris Sports’ on its V5C registration document. It utilises the engine and suspension from the Morris donor vehicle.

For more information, please contact:
Adam Sykes
07429 600332


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