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The bequest of the Type 37. What an exotic car would look like in the 1920s.

The year was 1919. It’s just been a few weeks after the World War 1 ended and the Treaty of Versailles was signed between Germany and the Allied Powers. Ettore Bugatti, a young brilliant automobile designer from the german town of Molsheim found this the right opportunity to pave his career. Now that Molsheim is a part of France and not in Germany anymore, Ettore could finally secure a spot at the 15th Paris Motor Show. His cars won the hearts of many automobile aficionados at the time for their acute aerodynamics and style.

Bugatti Type 37
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From that point onward it was uphill for the exclusive car manufacturer. In 1929, Bugatti won the very first Monaco Grand Prix which further established the manufacturer’s notorious reputation among elite race cars.

Type 35 was one of the best Bugatti made back then. But there came a successor that went a step ahead and gained huge popularity to the extent of becoming an all time icon of Bugatti. Type 37 it was. Although it had lower specifications and lesser options than Type 35, this car was optimised for road performance and made cheaper so that more people could get the privilege of owning a Bugatti.

Being a practical daily drive, a supercharged Type 37 could achieve a top speed of 122 mph (200 kmph) and don’t forget this was in 1929 an era when people hardly got to see any cars on the common streets other than the Ford Model T which could barely surpass 40 mph. This car was like a myth to the people then. Type 37 is indeed one of the first examples of a practical and effecient luxury car with impressive performance.

𝑫𝒓𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏 – Supercharged inline four cylinder engine with 1496 cc displacement and 90 bhp.

𝑻𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 – 4 speed manual.

𝑷𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 – The stock model from Bugatti’s factory comes with a 90 mph top speed. However 76 of the total 286 Type 37s produced were supercharged from the factory under special request and those cars phenomenonaly outperformed the stock ones with a top speed of 122 mph.

A question to the car enthusiasts out there – If you had a million dollars to shell out, would you buy this horseshoe grilled exquisite piece of engineering and art? Oh, by the way, the last existing Type 37 on sale was auctioned and sold for around 1 million USD.

Nihar Hareesh View All

Founder, Content Creator at The Krankshaft.

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