Bugatti, 1931, type 49

Bugatti “type 49”, 1931

Ettore Bugatti was born in Milan in 1881 and since his childhood, he had a strong inclination for mechanics, he especially demonstrated to be able to join functionality and aesthetics.

After modifying a “Prinetti & Stucchi” tricycle by fitting it with two engines, he designed his first car when he was only 18 in 1899: from that moment on he started to become part of the international automobile history.

The “Type 49” was introduced at the 1930 Paris Motor Show; it is considered the last Bugatti designed by Ettore, who later left the company to his son Jean.

Replacing the Type 44, the car has a single overhead camshaft engine, three valves per cylinder and twin spark ignition.

The beautiful aluminium wheels have incorporated drum brakes . The Type 49 is the classic Bugatti touring car and it was fitted with several types of bodies (sedan, convertible, coupé) either built by Bugatti or by famous bodybuilders of those days.

The car shown in the museum was driven by the famous French driver Louis Chiron during the 1964 International Rally in Chioggia. It was also used in the 1965 movie Grand Prix

Marque: Bugatti
Model: Tipo 49
Cylinder number / Capacity: inline 8 / 3300 cc
Power: 85 bhp at 4000 rpm
Speed: 130 kph
Weight: 1260 kg
Length: 4600 cm
Width: 1600 cm
Height: 1500 cm
Year: 1931
Marque: Bugatti
Type: Roadster
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