The Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix represents the pinnacle of the sports car of the second half of the 1920s. With the most outstanding record in competition's history with more than two thousand victories, it represents the most famous Bugatti and one of the cars that has most made history: the myth of the Pur Sang Bugatti was born. Designed in the Bugatti workshops of Molsheim-Dorlisheim in Alsace since 1924, the Type 35 classic car will experience various mechanical evolutions of its eight-cylinder in-line engine, with nearly ten versions Type 35, 35A, 35C, 35T, 35B, 37 , 37A, 39 and 39A, for a production of 640 units between 1925 and 1928. The Bugatti 35 has a sleek and stylish appearance, with many major technical innovations, such as the aluminum engine, the maximum power developed at a very high speed of more than 6 000 rpm (exceptional value at the time), the front axle formed in one piece, the cast aluminum wheels and a strong identity marked by the radiator and the grille in the form of a horseshoe.
Even though its power is not particularly exceptional (its engines developing 60 and 140 horsepower) compared to some of its competitors, the finesse and elegance of its line, its lightness, its agility, its safe road behavior and its reliability will allow the Type 35 to impose its pace in Grand Prix for nearly a decade. The compressor Type 35 Bugatti will mark the apogee of the line (replaced by type 51 in 1931), with a top speed of nearly 210 km/h. In the early 1930s, however, it gave way to the Italian Alfa Romeo sports car or German Mercedes-Benz, supported financially by the governments of their countries. The model that we present to you for sale is a Bugatti Type 35A, appeared in 1925 under the name Course Imitation 35 A or Tecla. Sold with nearly 130 specimens up to 1928, this model features a 1 991 cc 8-cylinder engine with 75 horsepower and a 4,000 rpm engine speed for enhanced reliability.
The copy that is presented to you is in perfect working condition: it has undergone a complete restoration from the chassis. Its vehicle number is original, which is rare today. The engine crankshaft is also original, some parts requiring a complete refabrication, such as the gearbox and the chassis redone.