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Bugatti Type 46 & 50 – The Big Bugattis
By Barrie Price
A Veloce Classic Reprint of the only book dedicated to the Type 46 & 50 Bugattis.
The book features over 200 period plates, many rare and previously unpublished, showing a galaxy of superb coachbuilt and standard bodies on T46 and T50 chassis as well as much mechanical detail.
Regarded as THE standard reference to the Type 46 & 50.
The Bugatti Type 46 was announced in the autumn of 1929. The new Bugatti chassis, at almost twelve feet in length and powered by an 8-cylinder engine of 5300cc, was intended to be the basis of a superlative large luxury car – and so it proved to be. Bodied by the greatest European coachbuilders to the highest standards of quality and style for rich and discerning clientele, the T46 was in many ways a smaller Royale and is said to have been the favourite of Ettore Bugatti. Later, an optional supercharger became available to create the 46S model.
In 1930 the Bugatti Type 50 superseded the T46. The new model still used the T46’s chassis and most of its running gear, but featured a new, high-performance, twin-overhead-camshaft engine of just under 5-litre capacity. This supercharged unit gave the T50 very spirited performance for such a large and luxurious car, placing the model firmly in the Grand Sport category.
1931 saw a team of T50s take part in the Le Mans 24-Hour race, but the cars were withdrawn before the race finished after Rost’s car crashed, tragically killing a spectator in the process.
In total, fewer than five hundred T46 and T50 Bugattis were built in but, with the obvious exception of the Royale, these cars represented the pinnacle of luxury car manufacture for the famous Molsheim marque.
See fabulous coachbuilt bodies by Gaston Grummer, Chapron, Ghia, James Young, Van Vooren, Weymann, Billeter & Cartier, Gangloff, Joss Neuce, Mllion-Guiet, Freestone & Webb, Van den Plas, Arthur Mulliner, Kellner, Lancefield, Corsica, Visse et Haf, Ottin, Brainsby-Woollard, Sodomka, Graber, Weinburger, Abbots of Farnham as well as Bugatti’s standard bodies.
Barrie Price’s work is a concise history of the Bugatti Types 46 and 50, an engineering analysis and the most thorough survey yet of the many coachbuilt bodies fitted to these famous chassis. Appendices include a complete chassis listing and reproductions of promotional material produced by Bugatti, Bugatti agents and others.
THE BUGATTI TRUST
All royalties from this publication are being donated to the Bugatti Trust in order to further its aim of inspiring a new generation of designers who believe in the relationship between art.
Table of Contents
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & PUBLISHER'S NOTE 4
CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION TO THE TYPE 46 & 50 BUGATTIS 6 THE "BRESCIA" ERA 6 THREE-VALVE NARROW BLOCK GENERATION 6 ONE-PIECE ENGINES 7 THE FINAL GENERATION 7 TYPE 46 8 TYPE 50 9 TYPE 50S 11 TYPE 53 & 54 11 TYPE 50B 11 LIVING WITH A TYPE 50 11 THE THIRD LE MANS CAR 14
CHAPTER II FIXED HEAD COUPÉS & 2-DOOR SALOONS 16
CHAPTER III 4-DOOR SALOONS 44
CHAPTER IV CONVERTIBLES 60
CHAPTER V MOTORSPORT 90
CHAPTER V ANATOMY OF THE TYPE 46 & 50 BUGATTIS 101
CHAPTER VII SALES & PUBLICITY MATERIAL 115
APPENDICES I THE FACTORY SALES RECORDS 127 II THE BUGATTI TRUST 140
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“... a galaxy of superb coachbuilt and standard bodies on both chassis ...” - The Automobile“Barry price writes with great authority ... a fine collection of rare photographs and period advertising material ...” - Classic Car Weekly