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Wire Wheeled Voiturette – Bugatti Type 37A #37282

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.

Bugatti Type 37A, Bugatti Trust, Prescott

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.

Bugatti Type 37A, Bugatti Trust, Prescott

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.

Bugatti Type 37A, Bugatti Trust, Prescott

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.

Bugatti Type 37A, Bugatti Trust, Prescott

I believe this car may have been raced in the Eifelrennen at the Nurburgring by Richard Fuchs in 1937 a race from which he retired.

Thanks for joining me on this “Wire Wheeled Voiturette” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now.


Eins Zwei Polizei – Porsche 911

The first time I saw a Porsche 911 was in 1966 when I was seven on an Autobahn, just inside Germany, on a trip from Athens to London. I was sitting in the back of my folks Austin A40 Countryman, it was white with green bonnet, door and boot panels.

It had huge blue lights on the roof and the legend POLIZEI in smart white letters on the green panels, what I remember about it above all else is the audible harsh rasping noise coming from the boot/trunk. That noise was the first engine sound I fell in love with.

The 1966 911 S featured iconic Fuchs five spoke alloy wheels which saved 5 lbs pounds per wheel, though in 1966 they still carried the same size tyres as a regular 911 so there was no great improvement in handling with break away oversteer / loose a problem at the limits of adhesion.

Despite the 1966 ‘D’ licence plate suffix, the Fuchs alloy wheels and the lovely extra set of lights on the front, the 911 badge on the engine cover indicates this might actually be a regular 1965 911 with a 130 hp 1991 cc / 121 cui 6 cylinder boxer engine probably identical to the one I fell in love with in the back of that police car when I was seven.

Hope you have enjoyed this aircooled edition, thanks for dropping by, hope you’ll join me for another exciting Ferrari Friday tomorrow, don’t forget to come back now !