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1927 Bugatti Type 38

In 1922 Bugatti introduced its 8-cylinder line beginning with the Type 30, with the same basic design continuing with later models including the Type 38, Type 40, Type 43, Type 44, and Type 49. Production of the Type 30 continued through 1926 and power was from the same two-liter engine founded in the Type 35A Grand Prix car. The engine used three main roller bearings which was an unusual setup for Bugatti, which other aspects of the engine remained consistent with the classic Bugatti design, including the single overhead camshafts, three valves per cylinder, and monoblock construction. The chassis, including the gearbox and the axles, were sourced from the Type 13 'Brescia.' By the time production ended in 1926, approximately 600 examples were built.

The Type 30 was followed in 1926 by the Type 38 using the same 2-liter engine as the Type 35A 'Tecla'. Production continued into 1927 with 385 examples built, including 54 of the Bugatti Roots Type supercharged 38As. The Type 38As had a slightly lengthened hood, an increase in brake diameter, and various other subtle changes to cope with the increase in power produced by the supercharger. In other respects, the Type 38A used Bugatti's traditional setup of solid front axle with semi-elliptic springs, a rear axle resting on reversed quarter ecliptics, and wire wheels at all four corners. They used a four-speed Bugatti transmission and cable-operated 4-wheel brakes.
Although they were not the fastest Bugatti model on offer, the Type 38 and Type 38A provided excellent road-going and handling characteristics.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2020

Related Reading : Bugatti Type 38 History

The Bugatti Type 38 was produced from 1926 through 1927. The Bugatti Type 38 had a straight-eight that displaced two-liters. The performance was further increased with the adoption of a supercharger, making the Type 38A. During its short production lifespan, 385 examples were produced with less than 40 being equipped with superchargers. They were replaced by the Type 43. In comparison to the vehicles....
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1927 Vehicle Profiles

1927 Bugatti Type 38 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 38385
Engine Num: 4001

The Bugatti Type 38 chassis was basically a Type 35 Grand Prix fitted with a straight-eight engine that had a one-piece crankshaft with three plain bearings and one ball bearing, plain connecting rod bearings and a pair of carburetors. The engine pr....[continue reading]

1927 Bugatti Type 38 vehicle information

Touring Car
Coachwork: Lavocat and Marsaud

Chassis Num: 38240
Engine Num: 151

This 1927 Bugatti Type 38 Touring Car has coachwork by Lavocat & Marsaud of Boulogne-sur-Sein, France. It is a lightweight open, four-passenger body which it has carried all its life. Its list of early owners include Frank Willis and D.Rowe. Subse....[continue reading]

1927 Bugatti Type 38 vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: Figoni

Chassis Num: 38444
Engine Num: 12 (ex. 38142)

The Bugatti Type 38A was introduced in 1926 and had style, engineering, and exceptional performance. There were 387 examples of the Type 38 built, and only the last 54 examples featured a supercharger. The vehicles with the supercharger and the sligh....[continue reading]

1927 Bugatti Type 38 vehicle information

Touring Car
Coachwork: Lavocat and Marsaud

Chassis Num: 38243

This Bugatti Type 38 four seater open tourer wears coachwork by Lavocat et Marsaud of Boulogne. It is trimmed in wood around the seats and split windows. In 2008 the engine was completely rebuilt. When new, the car was sold new to South Africa where ....[continue reading]

Coupe Fiacre

Chassis Num: 38428
Engine Num: 332

This Bugatti Type 38 is a complete and original example with Fiacre Style Coupe bodywork. It has been the subject of an extensive engine and mechanical rebuild. ....[continue reading]

1927 Bugatti Type 38 vehicle information

Grand Sport Boattail

Chassis Num: 38470
Engine Num: 209

Ettore Bugatti began in 1910 with the Type 13, a 1,327cc overhead cam four-cylinder model. One of the notable early successes was the Bebe made by Peugeot to Bugatti's design. Prior to World War I, his four-cylinder engines ranged from 1,368cc to 5,0....[continue reading]

Roadster
Chassis #: 38385 
Touring Car by Lavocat and Marsaud
Chassis #: 38240 
Tourer by Figoni
Chassis #: 38444 
Touring Car by Lavocat and Marsaud
Chassis #: 38243 
Coupe Fiacre
Chassis #: 38428 
Grand Sport Boattail
Chassis #: 38470 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Type 38

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
123.00 in.
8 cyl., 121.50 CID., 140.00hp
123.00 in.
8 cyl., 121.50 CID., 70.00hp
8 cyl., 121.50 CID., 90.00hp
8 cyl., 121.50 CID., 125.00hp

Industry Production

#1#2#3Bugatti
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Miller (210,824)
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)
1925Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (306,479)Dodge (201,000)
1924Ford (1,922,048)Chevrolet (264,868)Dodge (193,861)
1923Ford (1,831,128)Chevrolet (323,182)Buick (210,572)
1922Ford (1,147,028)Chevrolet (243,479)Dodge (152,673)

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