Although it’s going on a century since it was introduced to a stunned motoring world, few cars have had the impact that the 1924 Bugatti Type 35 did. It really was in a class all its own, and boasts a racing pedigree every car company and model should envy. The Type 35 was the first Bugatti to sport the arched front grille, a feature that remains on Bugatti cars to this day (such as the Bugatti EB110 from 1991), and it featured a level of performance that was absolutely stunning for the time. For those lucky or financially fortunate enough to drive one today, it offers incredible performance considering its age. Over 350 of these incredible cars were made, and many have survived.
The Type 35 was not4 just the Type 35, of course. There were several variations over the years of production, until 1931. There was the Type 35A, the Type 36C, the 35T, the 37A and several others, created mostly but not exclusively to mark engine changes. The basic Bugatti Type 35 engine was a 2 or 2.3-liter straight-eight engine that produced 90 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, and that allowed for a top speed of approximately 90 miles per hour, although that could vary slightly depending on the model. The 36C in particular was fitted with a supercharger that increased power output by up to a third.
The 1924 Bugatti Type 35 and its successors won several French Grand Prix races, in 1928 and 1930, as well as the Targa Florio and several others. With its unique blend of speed, handling and incredible good looks, the Type 35 is one for the history books!
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