I had a really nice talk with the Pur Sang Type 35B owner, for over an hour, and (along with the front axle, gearbox and rear axle) part of the frame and many of the body panels are originals from a T35, as is the steering wheel and some of the cosmetics. With that I believe I can get it titled as a 1928 T35B here in the States, where if you have a good bit of the frame you're okay. The drivetrain has been updated in small ways to be more reliable, it still has a magneto and essentially functions the same, but uses a more modern electric fuel pump and has bigger brakes. The seller really grilled me over my intentions for the car, making sure I wasn't buying it to "flip-flop", or that it would sit idle in the garage and never used. I assured him that I'm a licensed SCCA driver and plan on driving it in classic Pre-War events. He asked about my other cars and service facilities, so he's adamant that it go to a "good home". Also he wouldn't accept "American dollars", only pounds.
It's all good to go, though, and I'm looking forward to getting it.
Yeah, that's an extraordinary length to go to just to have your car sink to the bottom of a lake.
It's a shame it can't be restored, but at least it's a museum piece. That 37A is pretty awesome, given these weigh only ~750kg, 150-170bhp is quite a lot. Back in their day, it must have felt like being in a Veyron.Edited by Magick Man - 6/14/13 at 6:51pm