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Monday, June 7, 2010 A Blue Bugatti

Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010

You get used to seeing hot rods in Los Angeles, usually an open-wheeled chopped and channeled '32 Ford with an exposed giant chromed V-8 with a line of four-barrel carburetors up top. Those things popped up in the late forties and fifties, and started to disappear at the end of the Eisenhower administration. But there are still a few around it's a retro thing, for those who still miss James Dean. But what you don't get to see very often is something like this, a replica car, in this case a replica of a 1924 Bugatti Type-35 and not terrible accurate. But it is way cool, and close enough to the general idea.

Think of it as Paris in the twenties meets LA in the early fifties and it is a hot rod, with orange shag carpeting on the interior panels and a modern car radio for listening to the Beach Boys on the oldies station, or Edith Piaf on NPR, as it's really not a hot rod it's all about sophisticated Europe long ago. But it's painted an awful baby blue. It's a cultural conundrum, parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, with the keys in the ignition.

Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010
Blue Bugatti Type-35 replica parked on Hollywood Boulevard at Virgil, Monday, June 7, 2010

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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