Car of the Week #11
Bugatti Type 35B
Bugatti has an enviable track record when it comes to motor sport, and the Type 35 was one of its most successful racing cars. Its trademark arched grille has gone on to become the recognisable face of modern Bugatti models, too.
The Type 35B was the final evolution of the Type 35 racing car, using a larger 2.3-litre engine rather than the 2.0-litre unit used in early versions like the Type 35 A and C. Fitted with a supercharger, this car reportedly put out almost 150hp, with performance helped along by the feather light kerb weight of well under 800kg.
In the late 1920s and early ’30s the Type 35B took victories at the French Grand Prix in Le Mans and two Monaco Grands Prix, including the very first time the race was staged there in 1929.