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Bugatti Type 35

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The Type 35 was the best known racing Bugatti, and achieved countless successes in the years 1924 to 1930. It was one of the very few Grand Prix cars offered for sale to the public. This example is one of five built for the European Grand Prix at Lyons in August 1924. Driven by Friderich, and numbered 13, it skidded at Givors, demolishing a lamp standard and fence. It still managed to finish, however, in eighth position. In September 1924, it achieved sixth place at the Sans Sebastian Grand Prix, Spain. Earlier the same day this car, driven by Ferdinand de Vizcaya, an amateur racer, had also completed the Tourist Race. On the first lap the petrol tank punctured and it was his mechanic riding in the passenger seat who, for the remainder of the race, had to hold a temporary fuel can connected by rubber hose direct to the carburettor. The following year, this car really proved its reliability by completing the gruelling 621-mile French Grand Prix de Tourisme. In 1926 it was entered into the Targa Florio in Sicily, but unfortunately, broke down. It was then sold and put into storage. In 1973, Lord Montagu purchased the Bugatti from America.

Year1924
CountryFrench
Capacity1,990cc
Cylinders8
ValvesOverhead
OutputNot known
Maximum speed110mph/177.03kph
Price new£1,100
ManufacturerAutomobiles E. Bugatti

 

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