Welcome to The Bugatti Trust

The Bugatti Trust is normally open
Monday to Thursday between 10 am and 4 pm
Please telephone 01242 677 201 before visiting.
The last admission to the museum is at 3.30pm.
The Bugatti Trust will be closed on the following dates due to pre-booked private engagements/visits:

Monday 22nd January 2024

We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward
to welcoming visitors on alternative days.

Oldest Bugatti in the UK on loan from the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
On display at The Bugatti Trust until Spring 2024


The Trust is delighted to exhibit the iconic ex Peter Hampton Bugatti Type 15 CN 366 from 1910. Last exhibited at The Bugatti Trust in 2008, the car was welcomed back especially for the Trust’s October 2023 Celebration Day. The oldest Bugatti in the UK, this historic 8-valve will remain with The Bugatti Trust until Spring 2024. Whilst waiting to discover it in situ, the link below will take you to the famous sound-recording of four Bugatti engines featuring Ronald Barker interviewing the respective Bugattistes and owners including Peter Hampton. He talks in detail about his Type 15 and how it handles on the road before starting the engine up:


The historic Type 15 on loan from the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, is reputed to have been owned by Madame Bugatti and is also thought to have been used on the battlefields in France during WW1. It is the second earliest Bugatti car remaining in existence.

The Bugatti Type 15 on display is reunited for the first time since 1948 with the ‘Southern Rally’ plate from just after the war thanks to John Barton who has kindly gifted the plate to the Trust. Photograph copyright Laura Ortiz

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Historic Motoring AwardsBy joining the Bugatti Trust you help:

  • Preserve the heritage of the original Bugatti marque and the technical and historic archives of the factory.
  • Provide an accessible working archive to the Bugatti community and enthusiasts around the world.
  • Preserve the heritage of the artists in the Bugatti family including Rembrandt, Carlo and Lydia.
  • Support an active educational STEM outreach pro-
    gramme working with schools, colleges and universities throughout the UK and inspire the next generation of engineers and designers. Initiatives supported include FS Formula Student, F1 in Schools, Formula SAE, VEX Robotics, DofE and bespoke collaborative projects..

For 2024, a special Bugatti Type 35 and Lyon Centenary exhibition opening in May, new talks, new videos and digital developments.

On display until Spring 2024:
The historic Bugatti Type 15 on loan from The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Ex Peter
Hampton, it is the oldest Bugatti in the UK.

This particular Type 50 celebrating its Le Mans racing history in the 2023 centenary year was amongst the Bugattis at our special celebration day of talks and lectures enjoyed by ca. 100
members and friends to mark 35 years of The Bugatti Trust.

L. to r.: Past Chaiman Hugh Conway, Trustee, Richard Day, Dan Cross McLaren Applied, Chairman Allan Rippon and Trustee Sir John Venables-Llewelyn.

Founded over 30 years ago, the Bugatti Trust is a UK registered charity home to 27,000 technical drawings, over 10,000 historic photographs and thousands of historic documents.

The Bugatti Trust is an independent Charitable Trust whose objectives are to preserve and make available for study the works of Ettore Bugatti..

The Bugatti Trust was formed in 1987 by the late Hugh Conway supported by a small group of Bugatti enthusiasts.

Hugh Conway was an acknowledged expert on Bugatti history and well known internationally through his books, other writings and personal contacts. His remarkable collection of period photographs, technical drawings, letters and articles form the basis of the Bugatti Trust archive which we continue to expand and develop.

Access to our archive was significantly enhanced in 1990 through the opening of our Prescott Visitor Centre by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Since then we have been able to put on display many examples of Ettore Bugatti’s work.

Our aim is to promote the works of Ettore Bugatti and to raise awareness of the importance of aesthetics and integrated design in engineering by his example.

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