Chassis Num: BC50
Sold for $126,500 at 2009 RM Sothebys
Ettore Bugatti's early Type 13 cars proved they were a mechanical masterpiece and years ahead of the competition. The engine featured overhead cams and was mated to a four-speed gearbox. The cars that followed continued to have similar characteristics, with superior handling and steering, and highly coveted by serious racers of the day.
Much of the competition relied on a powerful engine to win races. Bugatti took another approach; he used a sophisticated, well designed, and refined vehicle. In 1926, Ettore Bugatti introduced the Type 37 as a replacement for the famous Brescia.
The two-seater Type 37 could achieve speeds in the neighborhood of 90 mph, with braking operated by a cable brake. Its body design was simplistic, yet artistically sensible. There was a wide cockpit and a tapered boattail, a horseshoe grille, Brooklands windscreen, leather hood straps, and a four-spook wooden steering wheel.
This Type 37 was built by a Bugatti expert using sanctioned parts obtained through the Bugatti Club. It was given a Bugatti Club VIN number and is eligible for FIA paperwork.
The car has an original 1,496cc four-cylinder, inline engine and four-speed transmission. There are French Marchal headlamps and an electronic ignition. It is painted in the classic French Racing Blue paintwork.
In 2009, this Recreation Type 37 was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey auction in Monterey, California presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $100,000-$150,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $126,500, including buyer's premium.By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2009
The Type 37 was first introduced in 1926 and available in two forms - normal and supercharged. The Supercharged versions were dubbed the 37A. Production lasted until 1930. During its production lifespan, around 290 examples were produced. The vehicle was powered by a 2-liter four-cylinder engine with either a Zenith or Solex carburetor. With the use of the supercharger, the engine produced 90 horsepower. Top speed was achieved at nearly 100 mph. Power was sent to the rear wheels through the use of a four-speed manual gearbox.
The Bugatti Type 35 featured a powerful engine and thus very successful on the racing circuit. Ettore Bugatti wanted to mass produce the Type 35 but feared the engine would be too powerful for road use. So he used then engine from the Type 40 and installed it in the chassis of the Type 35, resulting in the Type 37. The supercharged versions were dubbed the Type 37A.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2009