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  Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport

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Country of origin:France
Produced from:1927 - 1930
Numbers built:160
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe Type 43 is as close as it gets to a road going version of the most successful racing car ever, the Type 35. In 1927 Bugatti introduced an updated version of the Type 35, the Type 35B, with a larger supercharged engine. This engine was also used in their new road car, the Type 43. The frame was all new but with waisted side longerons to resemble the race car. It featured larger brakes and a larger radiator also found in the Type 38, to make the Type 43 more suitable for the road use.
With it is racing car background it was only natural for the owners and even the factory to campaign the Type 43 in events like the Brooklands handicap race. It proved fast but unreliable as it was based on a Grand Prix racer. The weak point was the Grand Prix crankshaft.
It was replaced by the Type 43A in 1930 which was more luxurious and thus heavier which was an even higher strain on the engine.

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