Fancy a Bugatti, but can’t afford the freight — like 99.9 per cent of people?

All is not lost. You could still put a car with the Bugatti badge in the driveway for a faction of the cost.

It’s not exactly cheap though, not at about $50,000 Aussie dollars, but it’s sure as hell a Bugatti — just a very expensive toy one.

To celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, the company is launching the Baby II, a modern tribute to Ettore’s masterpiece.

The Bugatti Baby II is a fully working, scale version of the 1924 Type 35 Lyon Grand Prix car — with rear-wheel drive, an electric motor and battery power pack.

It was back in the 20s that Bugatti produced the first Baby.

What Ettore and Jean had intended as a one-off car, became an official Bugatti vehicle.

The feedback from customers visiting Molsheim was so positive the toy car went into production, and was sold between 1927 and 1936.

Cherished by enthusiasts worldwide, no collection is complete without a Baby, but with only around 500 ever made — they have been the preserve of a lucky few.

Until now.

Just like the original, the Bugatti Baby II will be a strictly limited edition: just 500 cars will be created and you can book your build slot now.

There are three versions from which to choose: the standard car with a composite body, Vitesse with a carbon fibre body that comes with a “speed” key and the top of the range Pur Sang with a hand-built aluminium body.

About 75 per cent the size of the original, the Baby II can conceivably be driven by adults, but you’d better not be the culprit who leaves it parked out the front when it’s time for dinner — because it will NOT be there in the morning.

As well as three versions, there are also three drive modes.

In child mode, the Baby II has a top speed of 20km/h. In adult mode it can do up to 45km/h. While versions that come with the special speed key, just like the real McCoy, boost power output from 4 to 10kW and remove any speed limitation — think of it as “big kid” mode.

The removable battery pack can also be upgraded from 1.4 to 2.8 kWh, giving it a 30km range.

The cockpit of the Baby II features Bugatti’s signature, turned aluminium dashboard, a leather seat, a scale recreation of the Type 35’s distinctive four-spoke steering wheel and custom Bugatti instruments.

The exterior of the car is painted in traditional French Racing Blue, although buyers will be able to order it in a range of alternative colours.

The signature eight-spoke aluminium alloy wheels are scale replicas of Ettore Bugatti’s ground-breaking 1924 design, and house modern brakes on each wheel.

Finally, powerful headlights light the way ahead for drivers young and old, whether you’re exploring new landscapes or lapping the local karting track.

Just like other Bugattis, Baby II sports the famous ‘Macaron’ badge, made of 50g of solid silver — just like the Chiron.

Each car comes with a limited-edition numbered plaque and cars ordered in 2019 will also incorporate a badge to commemorate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary.

Prices start at 30,000 euros (plus taxes and delivery).

For the price they’ll probably throw in a set of goggles.

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.