Grand Prix Racer
Chassis Num: 4948
Engine Num: 200T
Sold for $605,000 at 2007 RM Sothebys.
Sold for $638,000 at 2014 RM Sothebys.
At the 1924 French Grand Prix held at Lyon, the Type 35 finished in a respectable 7th overall. It was clear that the cars had great potential and with further testing and tuning, would become a serious competitor.

The final iteration of the Bugatti Type 35 was the Type 35B. It had the same 2.3-liter, eight-cylinder motor as the earlier Type 35T, but was equipped with a supercharger that was similar to the one in the Type 35 (though slightly larger and more powerful). The Type 35B could race from zero-to-sixty mph in just six seconds and had a top speed of 125 mph.

This Type 35B Grand Prix car is chassis number 4948 fitted with engine 200T. It raced in the 1930 Monaco Grand Prix where it was driven by Guy Bouriat and finished in 3rd overall. After the race, it was sold to Joachim von Morgan of German, who continued to campaign the car throughout the remainder of the 1930 season, as well as the 1931 one.

The car was later returned to the factory in exchange for a newer Type 51. Chassis 4948 was later sold to Paul Pietsch, the future Auto Union team driver and German publishing magnate. Pietsch raced the Type 35B during the 1932 season, after which it was sold to a Herber Wimmer, who raced it from 1932 to 1936. It is believed Mr. Wimmer retained the car throughout World War II, and then it was sold to a Heinrich Herbster.

The car later made its way across the Atlantic to America in a disassembled state. Just after arriving, it is believed that its original curved side frame rails were sold to a Bugatti collector on the West Coast, but all of 4948's other original components remained together.

The disassembled vehicle was put into storage where it remained until it was purchased by a gentleman who decided to bring it back to its original condition. The original 2.3-liter supercharge engine was rebuilt and installed in the car. The goal of the restoration was to bring it back to its original 1930 Monaco Grand Prix livery and specification.

Under the ownership of its current owner, the car was given another frame-off restoration. Any part found to be incorrect for this model were replaced with correct ones.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2014
Grand Prix Racer
Chassis Num: 4948
Engine Num: 200T
Sold for $605,000 at 2007 RM Sothebys.
Sold for $638,000 at 2014 RM Sothebys.
Bugatti with chassis number 4948 is a Type 35B Grand Prix race car that is powered by engine number 200T, a supercharged overhead cam inline eight with 130 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel drum brakes. It was brought to the 1930 Monaco Grand Prix and driven by Guy Bouriat to a third place victory. After the race, the car was sold by the factory to Joachim von Morgan of Germany who continued to campaign this car during 1930 and 1931. The car was later brought back to the factory and exchanged for a new Type 51 Bugatti.

The factory re-sold the Type 35B to Auto Union team driver Paul Pietsch. It was raced during the 1932 season by Pietsch and after the season was sold to Herbert Wimmer. Wimmer competed with the car from 1933 through 1936. It is believed the car was sold after the Second War, and from there, it's history not thoroughly recorded. It appeared as many hillclimbs and various racing competition throughout the years, before crossing the Atlantic and coming to the United States. Upon its arrival, it was in very poor shape. Its curved side frame rails were sold to a Bugatti collector and over the next few decades the chassis number 4948 would reside in storage. It was purchased near the close of the 1970s by its current owner who performed a restoration which brought the car back to its original 1930 Monaco Grand Prix livery. It was given a French Racing Blue paint color and fitted with a black interior. The chassis is actually an exact duplicate replication of the original and its 2.3-liter supercharged straight eight-cylinder engine has been rebuilt to factory specifications. It features its original factory crankshaft and rod assemblies. Many of the vehicle's mechanical parts are the factory verified numbered parts.

Since its restoration is has been brought to a number of events including historic racing such as the Monterey Historics and Bugatti club events worldwide.
It was brought to the 2007 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by RM Auctions, where it had an estimated value of $600,000 - $800,000. As the gavel fell, the lot had been sold for $605,000 including buyer's premium.

The Type 35 Bugatti has a history that first began at the 1924 French Grand Prix held at Lyon where it quickly created a reputation as an outstanding machine with mechanical functionality married to sensational aesthetics and design.

It was a very modern vehicle fitted with many innovative technological features such as cast-aluminum eight-spoke road wheels with an integral brake drum. This setup simplified the overall design and improved brake cooling. The front axle beam was hollow throughout its length but solid at its ends, fitted with two integral boxes through which the front springs passed.

The crown jewel of the car lay under the bonnet. The straight-eight engine had five main bearings and roller bearing big ends which greatly improved the durability of the engine and increased its power. The paired cylinder blocks with integral heads had two inlet and one exhaust valve which were operated via crossed finger rockers via a single overhead camshaft.

The Type 35B was the most powerful version of the Type 35 family. It had a top speed of 125 MPH and zero-to-sixty was achieved in just six seconds. The quarter mile was accomplished in under 15 seconds. In total, around 40 examples of the Type 35B Bugatti were ever produced and less than a dozen can actually make the claim of having survived to the present day in essentially original form.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
Grand Prix Racer
One of the truly classic racing cars of any era was the Bugatti Type 35B, of which quite a number were produced in various forms between 1927 and 1930 by the much celebrated Italian-born Ettore Bugatti in his adopted hometown of Molsheim in northeastern France, not far from the borders of both Germany and Belgium. Both the Type 35B and 35C were very successful in Grand Prix events, examples of the 35B winning the Monaco, French and Spanish Grand Prix in 1930. Power was from a straight-eight supercharged 138 cubic-inch engine.

Many of Bugatti's cars were sold directly to wealthy independents, this one being delivered in the spring of 1930 to Georges Bouriano, a Romanian, who, after modest success, sold it in 1934 to the French driver Arthur Legat.
Though it is personal preference the Bugatti Type 35 is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful pre-war racer from the legendary Bugatti Company. Its beauty is matched by its accomplishments, being one of the most successful pre-war racer winning over 1000 races and capturing the 1926 Grand Prix World Championship with 351 races. During that two year period it also claimed 47 records. From 1925 through 1929 the Bugatti Type 35 dominated the Targa Florio.

The first Bugatti Type 35 was introduced on August 3rd, 1924. It was powered by a modified engine used in the Type 29. The 3-valve 2-liter overhead cam straight-eight engine had five main bearings and producing around 90 horsepower. The suspension was comprised of leaf springs attached to solid axles. Stopping power was provided by drum brakes in the rear operated by cables which could be seen on the exterior of the vehicle. In total, there were 96 examples produced.

There were multiple versions of the Type 35 which were specifically designed to accommodate many types of racers. The Type 35A, nicknamed 'Tecla' was an inexpensive version of the Type 35 and made its first appeared in May of 1925. Its nickname was given by the public after a maker of imitation jewelry. The engine was a reliable unit borrowed from the Type 30. It used three bearings, had smaller valves, coil ignition, and produced less horsepower than its Type 35 sibling. In total 139 examples of the Type 35A were created.

Though Ettore Bugatti favored naturally aspirated engines, the Type 35C was given a Roots-Type supercharger which boosted power to an impressive 128 horsepower. There were only fifty examples created with many providing historic victories for the company. The Type 35C won the 1928 and 1930 French Grand Prix, undoubtedly their greatest accomplishments.

The Bugatti Type 35T, commonly known as the Targa Florio, was specially prepared for the Targa Florio race. There were only thirteen examples produced. It was powered by a 2.3 liter engine. When Grand Prix rules changed stating that engine displacement sizes of up to 2 liters were required, the Type 35T became obsolete and production ceased.

The Bugatti Type 35B was introduced in 1927 and was the final iteration of the Type 35 series. The name Type 35TC was pondered since it shared the same 2.3 liter engine as the Type 35T and a supercharger just like the Type 35C. The engine produced an astonishing 138 horsepower, by far the most of the Type 35 series. In total there were only 45 examples produced with one of their greatest accomplishments being the victory at the 1929 French Grand Prix.

The Type 39 was produced alongside the Type 35B but adhered to current Grand Prix regulations which limited engine capacities to 1.5 liters. Only ten examples of the Type 39 were produced.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2006
 
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