Of all of Bugatti's exceptional and advanced designs none perhaps were more elegant and stately than the Type 46. An incredible amalgamation of elegant, sweeping lines and an imposing stature, the Type 46 would speak of performance and affluence just....[continue reading]
Well and truly one of the first to combine performance with elegance, every model Ettore Bugatti determined to build seemed to surprise in more ways than one. Always elegant, Bugatti found a way to be really the first to incorporate speed and handlin....[continue reading]
One of the most elegant and luxurious Bugattis, the Type 46 was introduced at the Paris Auto Show in late 1929, and around 450 examples were produced. Bridging the gap between the opulent Royale and the Type 44, the Type 46 - also known as La Petite ....[continue reading]
Launched in 1929, the Bugatti Type 46 was designed to bridge the gap between the grand Type 41 Bugatti Royale and the smaller Type 40 and Type 57. Often referred to as the 'Petite Royale,' the Type 46 had a still-large 138-inch chassis fitted with Bu....[continue reading]
Chassis #: 46208
Faux Cabriolet by Veth & Zoon
Chassis #: 46293
Baby Royale Faux Cabriolet by Gaston Grummer
Chassis #: 405
Four Door Cabriolet by Reinbolt & Christe
Chassis #: 46525
The Bugatti Type 46 was produced from 1929 through 1936 with a total of 444 examples produced. The supercharged version, the Type 46S, was introduced a year later - in 1930. In total, there were only 18 examples of the Type 46S produced.
When Bugatti introduced the Type 46, they had an impressive lineage of vehicles in which they offered their clients. At the top of the pack was the legendary Bugatti Royale (Type 41), which was far beyond what most customers could ever afford. The Type 46 was to become Bugatti's luxurious flagship that was both large and comfortable. It included many of the design elements that could be traced back to the Royale.
The Type 46 Bugatti was fitted with a straight-eight engine, a three-speed gearbox, Rudge wire wheels, and cable operated brakes. The engine was fitted with a Smith-Bariquand Multi-Jet Carburetor, had single overhead camshafts, a 5359cc displacement size, and a deep one-piece cylinder block, which incorporated the main bearing supports and the Type 41's 130mm piston stroke.
The one-piece cylinder block and head was almost completely covered by a hand-scraped aluminum plate secured by rows of brightly polished fasteners with polished fittings and covers.
With its ultra-long stroke, the Type 46 had impressive low-speed performance, thus its need for only a three-speed gearbox, which was mounted in unit with the rear axle.
The car rode on a comfortable 137.8-inch wheelbase. The engine was rubber-mounted in the frame which aided in quiet operation. With 444 naturally aspirated Type 46 models sold and an additional 18 with superchargers, the Type 46 was a very successful commercial product for the Bugatti Company.
Bugatti had added their own coachworks facility in Molsheim in 1928, thus allowing them to provide their own coachwork. The upper-class clientele needing more were able to take the rolling chassis to the coachbuilder of their choice. By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009
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