Imagine if you could buy an F1 car for road use today! Looking back in this light, the 'roaring twenties' really lives up to the 'anything goes' spirit with which it is often associated. This wonderful automobile is a true icon and probably one of the most coveted masterpieces in motor sporting history. The 35 represents the whole of the Bugatti philosophy: that beauty must engender technical perfection.
In 1912, Ettore Bugatti created a prototype that ran on two type 13 engines placed end-to-end, then during the first world war, a 16 cylinder aircraft engine using two in-line 8 cylinder blocks placed one above the other. This engine architecture would later be re-used on a real automobile, the type 28 prototype. This model was equipped with a 3 liter engine using two 4 cylinder blocks, each welded as a single piece and mounted on a common oil pan with 3 valves per cylinder (two inlets and one exhaust). This prototype was not developed any further, but formed the basis of one of the most famous engine designs to be produced by the Molsheim factory.
From this, the type 30 saw the light of day in 1922. This automobile was the first production Bugatti to be equipped with a 2 liter 8 cylinder engine, built as a competitive version for the 1922 ACF Grand Prix, as well as a touring version. For the 1923 ACF Grand Prix, Bugatti presented the type 32, of which only five examples were ever made - a car with bodywork inspired by the profile of an aircraft wing and an obvious nod to the work of Gabriel Voisin. Also equipped with a 2 liter engine, this competitive model failed to shine on the racetrack and was quickly discarded.
To be continued...