Most very exclusive marques have one or more models that we built in greater quantities, and are much less exclusive, if only for the money it brings in, allowing the engineers to work on tomorrow’s marvels. This is as true now as it was more than 80 years ago, when the 1927 Bugatti Type 44 was introduced. It was the French marque’s first car designed primarily for road use rather than for the track, and it proved extremely popular, as over 1,100 of them were built. They were offered as rolling chassis, and were ‘dressed’ by the day’s top coach-builders, resulting in a dazzling array of coupes, convertibles, four door sedans and more, all of which were appreciated the incredible smoothness of their ride as well as their overall luxury and performance levels.
Mechanically speaking, the Bugatti Type 44 was fitted with a 3-liter, straight eight engine made from two cast iron four-cylinder blocks. Paired with a four-speed manual transmission, it could push the car to speeds up to 85 miles an hour, depending of course on the type and weight of the body installed by the coach-builder.
The Bugatti Type 44 represents almost 15% of Pre-War Bugatti’s entire production. It is a common car by Bugatti standards, however it remains quite the rarity, and few are those lucky enough to own one, drive one or even see one, except in museums!