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1928 Bugatti Type 37A

Bugatti introduced the eight-cylinder Type 35 model at the Grand Prix of Lyon on August 3rd of 1924. It was powered by a three-valve 2.0-liter overhead cam engine first used on the Type 29. It had five main bearings with an unusual ball bearing system, allowing the engine to rev to 6,000 RPM. It had rear drum brakes operated by cables, solid axles with leaf springs, a hollow front axle, and alloy wheels. Several versions and configurations of the Type 35 were built, including the Type 35C which used a Roots supercharged which brought horsepower to nearly 130 hp.

In November of 1925, Bugatti introduced the Type 37. It used the chassis and body from the Type 35, but with half the cylinders of its older sibling. The four-cylinder Type 37 relied on lightweight design and mechanical simplicity for its performance, rather than the over-engineered and complexity that was typical of racing cars of the period. The 1.5-liter engine was compact and powerful, and easily capable of 90 mph.

18 months after the Type 37's initial introduction, Bugatti introduced the Type 37A, which came with a Roots-type supercharger. Top speed rose to 122 mph, and with the added performance, the car was raced in some of the world's greatest endurance races at the time, including the 24 Hours of LeMans, the Targa Florio, and the Mille Miglia.

Of the 286 Type 37 models produced (other sources say 290), 75 were supercharged from the factory.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2020

Related Reading : Bugatti Type 37 History

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.....
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1928 Bugatti Type 37A vehicle information

Boattail Racer

Chassis Num: 37316

This supercharged 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder Type 37A was owned by legendary Bugatti driver Pierre Veyron, winner at Le Mans and hero of the French Resistance, who also gave his name to the current Bugatti super-offering. The Type 37 was launched in 1926 ....[continue reading]

1928 Bugatti Type 37A vehicle information

Boattail Racer

Chassis Num: 37343
Engine Num: 218 CP

The Bugatti Type 37 was introduced in November 1925, and like its predecessor, the Type 35, the Type 37 offered both performance and a level of practicality for road-based events and rallies. The Type 35 was powered by an eight-cylinder engine, while....[continue reading]

Boattail Racer
Chassis #: 37316 
Boattail Racer
Chassis #: 37343 


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