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  Bugatti Type 37A

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Country of origin:France
Produced from:1928 - 1930
Numbers built:67
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe Bugatti Type 35 was extremely successful in races all over Europe. Ettore Bugatti wanted to make the winning Grand Prix racer available for the 'masses'. The engine used in the Type 35 was high sprung and not really suited to use on the roads so Ettore had to look for alternatives. He chose the four cylinder engine used in the Type 40 and installed it in a chassis similar to the Type 35's; the Type 37 was born.

Launched in 1926, the Type 37 proved instantly successful as it provided a Grand Prix winning chassis for roadcar money. It was available in two different versions, the Naturally Aspirated Type 37 and the supercharged Type 37A. Production lasted until 1930.

With the Naturally Aspirated Type 37, Bugatti mainly targeted the rich automotive enthusiasts who wanted to experience Grand Prix handling on the road, the Type 37A was much more of a racer. It was used with great success in Voitturerette racing, which was getting increasingly popular at the end of the decade.

Two examples are pictured above. The first is seen in the Bonhams auction at the 2003 Nürburgring Old Timer Grand Prix. The highlight of its long racing career was a 12th place finish in the 1928 running of the Targa Florio. The second example is pictured at the 2003 Louis Vuitton Classic in Paris.

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