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Bugatti Type 35

Bugatti Type 35 (France, 1924-1929)

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General Characteristics

Bugatti presented to the public its model Type 35 during the 1924 French Grand Prix, which took place in Lyon, France, on August of that year.
This model has become one of the most successful Bugatti cars, especially in racing but also as a true commercial hit.

Besides being an extremely appreciated car and regarded as one of the finest pre-war racing cars, the Type 35 is actually the most victorious of all Bugatti models so far,
From the original Type 35, Bugatti also produced a few improved derivates along the years: the 35A, 35C, 35T and 35B.
In 1930, when around 343 Bugatti Type 35 units had been built, the company ceased the production run of this model.



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History and Development

Bugatti unveiled its ‘Type 35’ model in 1924 in Lyon, France. Of all the models designed under Ettore Bugatti’s direction, the Type 35 has definitely stood out as the most admirable and mythical Bugatti.
The T35 would be quite a successful racer, in particular the most successful of all Bugatti models, having won more than a thousand races and set countless race records during its active years.

Along its lifetime years, the Type 35 develops and a few versions derive from the original car, namely the cheaper Type 35A (a.k.a. the “Tecla”), the turbocharged Type 35C, the T-for-Targa Type 35T (especially built to compete at the Targa Florio) and the more sophisticated Type 35B.
Bugatti stopped the production of all Type 35s in 1930, with nearly 350 cars built.



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Engine and Transmission

The Type 35 is powered by a front engine, which according to the versions that were available could have 2.0- or 2.3-liter displacements that could either be turbocharged or not. It is said to have also existed a rare non-turbo 1.5 L version.

The several versions of the rear-wheel driven Type 35 could produce from 70 up to 140 hp and achieve maximum accelerations from 93 mi/h (150 km/h) to over 118 mi/h (190 km/h). The Type 35’s transmission works through a 4-speed manual gearbox.



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Chassis

(no data)   Platform (no data)   Suspension The front suspension of the Type 35 consists on a rigid axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and friction dampers, while the rear live axle comes with in-swept, reversed quarter-elliptic leaf springs and friction dampers.   Steering Worm and wheel.   Brakes Four-wheel cable-operated drum brakes.



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Body and Design

The Bugatti Type 35 is a two-seater race-purpose sports car, whose open-body is as simple as it can get.



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Motorsport

The Bugatti Type 35 was so incredibly triumphant in motorsport events – the most successful of the whole Bugatti range – that it has summed up more than 1000 victories in several races that took place in the 1920’s and early 1930’s, while setting a large number of records.

The Grand Prix World Championship of 1926 was one of the most important events where a Type 35 finished first overall. It also won the French Grand Prix for 3 consecutive years, from 1928 to 1930.
The legendary Targa Florio race is another major event where Bugatti’s Type 35 was 5 times champion – all years since 1925 until 1929.



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