BUGATTI
Ettore Bugatti, Molsheim, Bas-Rhin




Bugatti Type 35 Series (Grand Prix/Voiturette)

Models and Engines: Type 35: 8 cyl in-line 60 * 88 mm = 1991 cc 3 valves/cyl 100 BHP 8 cyl in-line 52 * 88 mm = 1495 cc 3 valves/cyl Type 35: 8 cyl in-line 51.3 * 66 mm = 1091 cc 3 valves/cyl supercharger Type 35A: 8 cyl in-line 60 * 88 mm = 1991 cc 3 valves/cyl 75 BHP Type 35T: 8 cyl in-line 60 * 100 mm = 2262 cc 3 valves/cyl 110 BHP Type 35B: 8 cyl in-line 60 * 100 mm = 2262 cc 3 valves/cyl supercharger 150 BHP Type 35C: 8 cyl in-line 60 * 88 mm = 1991 cc 3 valves/cyl supercharger 125 BHP Type 37: 4 cyl in-line 69 * 100 mm = 1496 cc 3 valves/cyl 60 BHP Type 37A: 4 cyl in-line 69 * 100 mm = 1496 cc 3 valves/cyl supercharger 85 BHP Type 39: 8 cyl in-line 60 * 66 mm = 1493 cc 3 valves/cyl 100 BHP Type 39A: 8 cyl in-line 60 * 66 mm = 1493 cc 3 valves/cyl supercharger 130 BHP Type 51: 8 cyl in-line 60 * 88 mm = 1991 cc 2 valves/cyl supercharger 160 BHP Type 51-1: 8 cyl in-line 60 * 100 mm = 2262 cc 2 valves/cyl supercharger 180 BHP Type 51A: 8 cyl in-line 60 * 66 mm = 1493 cc 2 valves/cyl supercharger 130 BHP Type 51C: 8 cyl in-line 60 * 88 mm = 1991 cc 2 valves/cyl supercharger 160 BHP Design: Ettore Bugatti Transmission: 4 speed gearbox Chassis: channel section side members Suspension: Front: semi elliptic Rear: reversed quarter elliptic Dimensions: wheelbase: 240 cm track: 120/120 cm weight: Year: 1924 - Cars built: 35 & 39 : 210 1924 - 1931 35A : 130 1926 - 1929 37 & 37A : 290 1926 - 1930 51 & 51A : 40 1931 - 1935

T35 / T35T / T39

T35A / T37

T37A

T35TC / early T35B / T39A

late T35B / T35C

T51 / T51A
Victories: 1929
1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO ("Williams") 1 TARGA FLORIO (Divo) 1 CIRCUITO DEL POZZO ((Alloatti) 1 GRAND PRIX DE L'AUTOMOBILE CLUB DE FRANCE ("Williams") 1 GRAN PREMIO DE SAN SEBASTIÁN (Chiron) 1930 1 CIRCUIT D'ESTEREL PLAGE (Dreyfus) 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO (Dreyfus) 1 GRAND PRIX D'ORANIE ((de Maleplane) 1 GRAND PRIX DE LYON (Chiron) 1 GRAND PRIX DE LA MARNE (Dreyfus) 1 GRAND PRIX D'EUROPE (Chiron) 1 ADAC EIFELRENNEN (von Morgen) 1 GRAND PRIX DE DIEPPE (Lehoux) 1 CIRCUIT DU DAUPHINE (Etancelin) 1 GRAND PRIX DU COMMINGES (Miquel) 1 GRAND PRIX DE L'AUTOMOBILE CLUB DE FRANCE (Etancelin) 1 MASARYKUV OKRUH (von Morgen) 1931 1 GRAND PRIX DE TUNISIE (Varzi) 1 CIRCUIT DÉSTEREL PLAGE (Etancelin) 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO (Chiron) 1 CIRCUITO DI ALESSANDRIA (Varzi) 1 GRAND PRIX DU MAROC (Czaykowski) 1 GRAND PRIX DE GENEVE (Lehoux) 1 GRAND PRIX DE L'AUTOMOBILE CLUB DE FRANCE (Chiron/Varzi) 1 GRAND PRIX DE LA MARNE (Lehoux) 1 GRAND PRIX DE BELGIQUE ("Williams"/Conelli) 1 GRAND PRIX DE LA BAULE ("Williams") 1 MASARYKUV OKRUH (Chiron) 1 GRAND PRIX DE BRIGNOLES (Dreyfus) 1932 1 GRAND PRIX DE TUNISIE (Varzi) 1 GRAND PRIX D'ORANIE (Wimille) 1 TROPHEE DE PROVENCE (2000cc) (Czaykowski) 1 GRAND PRIX DE NIMES (Falchetto) 1 GRAND PRIX DE LORRAINE (2000cc) (L Trintignant) 1 GRAND PRIX DE DIEPPE (Chiron) 1 CIRCUIT DE VITESSE DE NICE (L Trintignant) 1 GRAND PRIX de LA BAULE ("Williams") 1 MASARYKUV OKRUH (Chiron) 1 CIRCUIT DU CAP D'ANTIBES (Falchetto) 1933 1 GRAND PRIX de PAU (Lehoux) 1 GRAND PRIX de MONACO (Varzi) 1 GRAN PREMIO DI TRIPOLI (Varzi) 1 TROPHÉE de PROVENCE (Jacob) 1 GRAND PRIX de DIEPPE (Lehoux) 1 GRAND PRIX d'ALBI 1 GRAN PREMIO di MONZA 1 DONINGTON PARK TROPHY 1934 1 GRAND PRIX DES FRONTIÈRES (Longueville) 1935 1 CIRCUIT d'ORLEANS (Cazaux) 1 GRAND PRIX DES FRONTIÈRES (Steinweg) 1936 1 SOUTH AFRICAN GP (Handicap) (Massacuratti) 1938 1 GRAND PRIX DES FRONTIÉRES (Trintignant) 1939 1 GRAND PRIX DES FRONTIÉRES (Trintignant) Voiturette cars: 1930 1 GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE (Fourny) 1931 1 GRAND PRIX DES FRONTIÈRES (Legat) 1 CIRCUIT DU VAUCLUSE (Toselli) 1932 1 PRIX DES FRONTIÈRES (Legat) 1 TORVILLIERS CIRCUIT (Gauthier) 1933 1 AVUSRENNEN (Voiturette) (Veyron) 1 GRAND PRIX de PICARDIE (Voiturette) (Rose-Itier) 1 GRAND PRIX des FRONTIÈRES (Longueville) 1 GRAND PRIX MIASTA LWOWA (Class) (Veyron) 1 GRAND PRIX de LA BAULE (Class) (Czaykowski) 1 GRAND PRIX d'ALBI (Voiturette) (Veyron) 1 MASARYKUV OKRUH (Class) (Burggaller) 1934 1 AVUS RENNEN (Voiturette) (Veyron) 1 GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE (Voiturette) (Decaroli) 1 GRAND PRIX d´ALBIGEOIS (Voiturette) (Veyron) 1935 1 GRAND PRIX DE LORRAINE (Voiturette) (Veyron) 1 GRAND PRIX d'ALBIGEOIS (Veyron)






Bugatti Type 54 (Formula Libre)

Design: Engine: 8 cyl 86 * 107 mm 4972cc 2 valves/cyl Roots supercharger 250+ BHP Transmission: 3 speed gearbox Chassis: channel section side members Suspension: Front: semi elliptic Rear: reversed quarter elliptic Dimensions: wheelbase: 275 cm track: 135/135 cm weight: Year: 1932-34, 12 cars built



Victories:

1932
     1 GRAND PRIX DE CASABLANCA                  (Lehoux)        
1933    
     1 AVUSRENNEN                                (Varzi)
     1 BRITISH EMPIRE TROPHY                     (Czaykowski)
     1 GRAND PRIX de LA BAULE                    ("Williams")







Bugatti Type 59 (Grand Prix 750 kg)

               
Design:              
Engine:            8 cyl in-line 67 x 100 mm = 2819cc  2 valves/cyl ?
                   8 cyl in-line 72 *  88 mm = 2866cc  2 valves/cyl
                   8 cyl in-line 72 * 100 mm = 3257cc  2 valves/cyl
           59/50:  8 cyl in-line 86 * 107 mm = 4972cc  2 valves/cyl
                     Roots supercharger    240 BHP
Transmission:      4 speed gearbox
Chassis:           channel section side members
Suspension:        Front:  semi elliptic 
                   Rear:   reversed quarter elliptic
Dimensions:        wheelbase: 260 cm track: 125/125 cm  weight: 750+ kg 
Year:              1933 - 1936,  8? built + specials


The Type 59 was built with a 2.9 litre engine for the 750 kg formula. It was the last classic Bugatti car, taking the design theme to its peak. The car wasn't even built as a monoposto. The car had brake drums integrated with the wheels, both being changed at the same time. The engine was started by handle on the left side. It proved to be a well balanced car with good road holding. Its major handicap was the cable-operated brakes.
      The first cars were ready for the 1933 Spanish Grand Prix. In 1934 the engine was enlarged to 3.2 litre, the improved variant first seen at the French GP. Compared to the German cars the T59s was totally uncompetive, expensive to maintain and had a low reliability. No privateer was interested to order the car. After the 1934 season Bugatti managed to sell four of the cars to the British privateers Earl Howe, Brian Lewis, Charlie Martin & Lindsey Eccles.
      In 1935 one car appeared at the French GP with a 4.9 litre T50 engine. One of the chassis was used to built a single seater. It was first seen during practice for the Monaco GP. In 1936 Bugatti was also able to enter and win with their T59 GP cars in the Comminges Sports car race, a maneuver that created a storm of protests from the other teams.
      Bugatti decided that two works T59 was enough and sent the third car to the 1936 Vanderbilt cup in New York to be raced by Louis Meyer. The car was a non-starter but was sold after the race.

1933

1934

1935

Monoplace


Victories:

1934
     1 1934 GRAND PRIX DE BELGIQUE               (Dreyfus)
     1 1934 GRAND PRIX d'ALGIERS                 (Wimille)
1935    
     1 1935 GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE               (Benoist)
     1 1935 MANNIN MOAR                          (Lewis)
1936     
     1 1936 GRAND PRIX DE DEAUVILLE              (Wimille)
     1 1936 GRAND PRIX DU COMMINGES (Sports car) (Wimille)  
1937     
     1 1937 GRAND PRIX DE PAU       (Sports car) (Wimille) 








4.5 litre "monoplace" "Million race" 1937



3.0 litre 1938



4.7 litre single seater 1939


                  1936/ 4.5L 1937        3.0L 1938                1939
Bugatti Type 59/50B (Grand Prix 750kg / 3 litre / Formula Libre)

Design: Engines: 8 cyl in-line 84 * 107 mm 4739cc 2 valves/cyl 8 cyl in-line 84 * 100 mm 4433cc 2 valves/cyl 8 cyl in-line 78 * 78 mm 2982cc 2 valves/cyl Rootes supercharger Transmission: 4 speed gearbox Chassis: channel section side members Suspension: Front: Rear: Dimensions: wheelbase: 260 cm track: 125/125 cm weight: 750+ kg Year:

Bugatti decided to built a 4.7 litre light metal variant of their T50 engine, used in the Bugatti T54, for their T59 GP cars. The engine, named T50B was first seen i the new "monoplace" in practice for the the 1936 Monaco GP. Raced by Wimille that car finished second in the 1936 Vanderbilt cup.
      For the 3 litre formula Bugatti constructed two reduced versions of the engine, a 4.5 litre unsupercharged and a 3.0 litre supercharged. The 4.5 litre car was used in the 1937 "Million race" at Montlhéry, while the supercharged car was seen in 1938 at the Cork GP and the French GP. In 1939 the Bugatti team did not enter any GPs. A 4.7 litre car with a new streamlined body appeared only at the Prescott and La Turbie hillclimbes and at the Coupe de Paris where it won. After the war the car won the 1945 GP de la Libération.


Victories in 1939: 

     1 COUPE DE PARIS                            (Wimille)


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