fabulously original car
Styled, refined, powerful and glory-covered in racing, which make could pride better prestige in the 1930s than Bugatti? Ettore Bugatti “Le Patron” after collaborating with various makes created « Automobiles Bugatti » in 1909 and launched the « Type 13 » which will be the first step from Bugatti’s legacy. Indeed soon after the War it finished at the first four places from the 1919 Italian Grand Prix, this opened the doors to much more ambitious and creative projects until the most famous of the Bugattis, the “Pur Sang” Type 35 introduced at the “Grand Prix de Lyon” in 1924. It won about 2000 races until the mid 1930s and these successes rendered the make so famous and popular that Ettore realized the potential of building high performance tourism cars to be sold to fortunate enthusiasts. The first car built by Bugatti devoted to a road use was the type 44 which was powered by a derivative from the 35 engine, the success was immediate and Ettore thought about more powerful and luxurious cars to compete with Hispano Suiza, Delage, Isotta or Rolls-Royce. The Type 46 ( Petite Royale ) and 49 were remarkable automobiles but the 1929 crisis and the progresses from the concurrence required a new model which was to be lighter and quicker. Jean Bugatti, Ettore’s son was a fabulously skilful engineer and designer, one of his first drawing was the Royale “Coupe Chauffeur” and he was much more “avant-gardiste” than Ettore. In 1931 at the beginning from the “Type 57” project Jean had extremely innovative ideas but he was refrained by Ettore on the independent suspensions, hydraulic brakes and separate cylinder heads. Despite this, Jean was able to create a fantastic car around the 3,3 liter engine from the “Type 55”. Launched in 1934, the Type 57 was a wonderful driver with remarkable handling and speed, its 3.3 liter double head cams engine delivered 140 HP and the car easily reached 155km/h. The factory Bugatti offered four types of body styles, the berline “Galibier” , coach “Ventoux”, “cabriolet” Stelvio and the magnificent two seater coupé “Atalante” ( named after the mythological Greek huntress ). All of these wonderful lines origin Jean Bugatti’s drawings who was at his pinnacle, indeed most of the 57s bodied by others were much less nicer. In 1936 Jean presented the “Aerolithe” which was later modified into the breath taking “Atlantic”. Reflecting Jean’s growing importance and the retirement from Ettore, between 1936 and 1937, the Type 57 was largely modernised with to name a few hydraulic brakes, rubber mounted engine, telescopic shocks and upgraded engine. From 1937 it was also possible to order the “Surbaissé” version from the Type 57, the “57 S” being a lighter, lower and shorter chassis. Only a total of 58 Atalante were built from 1935 to 1937 but only 14 were based on the normal Type 57 chassis. Many are those who consider this version to be more sculptural than the one on the “S” chassis.
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