The Bugatti Type 37 was a 1.5 litre / 91.5 cui 4 cylinder vehicle, first seen in 1926, designed to compete in races run to 1.5 litre Voiturette rules.
Type 37’s shared a common chassis with the 8 cylinder Type 35 race cars, but were not usually fitted with the distinctive alloy wheels of the 8 cylinder model unless they were supercharged.
The Voiturette motor could be ordered either normally aspirated which produced around 60hp or with a supercharger which increased the output to 80 or 90 hp depending on how long one needed the motor to last. The 67 supercharged cars, like #37282 seen here at the Bugatti Trust, are known as Type 37As.
The 290 Type 37s built between 1926 and 1930 cost less than half of the amount of the Type 35, the car seen here was originally supplied to Munich Bugatti dealer Omnia Kraftfahrzeug Handels GmbH for 48,938 French Francs.
Like many vintage Bugatti models the Type 38 built from 1926 to 1927 shares many interchangeable parts with other models built since the original 2 litre 8 cylinder Bugatti Type 30.
For example the Type 38 chassis and radiator seen here are identical to that found on the 1927 supercharged Type 43’s among the earliest production cars capable of more than 100 mph.
This particular Type 38 scene in the Bugatti Trust at Prescott carries the chassis number #38428 and was sold to the London Bugatti agent Sorel in September 1927.
Type 38’s are powered by the same 60hp 2 litre straight 8 cylinder 24 valve motor as the replica racer Type 35A but with slightly wider mountings. A Type 38A had a supercharger fitted boosting the power to 100hp.
The prudent RPM limit is 4000, something the owners of #38428 would appear to have adhered to because it is still fitted with it’s original motor number #332.
Some of the fixtures and fittings on this Type 38 including this exquisite lamp appear to owe much to the fast disappearing age of the coach and horse.
The gearbox and cable operated front and rear brakes are shared with the Type 40, inside as to be expected of a vehicle of this age there is plenty of wood trim.
The cabin with it’s highlighted panels even looks like it was grafted on from a horse drawn coupé.
I particularly like the opulent cow hide trunk, not to sure how difficult it would be to keep this in pristine condition but if one could afford it one imagines one might leave ones chauffeur to deal with the trifling details.
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