Bugatti - Bugatti Type 35
The Bugatti type 35 came about after Ettore Bugatti had built his "cigar shaped" 2 litre GP car based on the T30 , and had been inspired by the 2 litre GP Fiat he'd seen, and everything fell into place, as he described to the Juneks in his letter describing this next project. The Bugatti Type 35 was built for the 2 litre GP formula that was in force between 1922 and 1925, and for reliability a roller bearing crankshaft was designed which back then meant there was little likelihood of bearing failure as has been experienced on his previous Straight 8 cylinder 2 litre with conventional white metal bearings. The car bristled with delightful design from the bodywork and it's fittings to the one piece hollow front axle, advance /retard mechanism,dainty sized dumb irons and a gear change that was incredibly fast. The first cars were non supercharged 2 litre, and when the formula changed in 1926 to 1.5 litre it became the Type 39. For the Targa Florio, which was free of a capacity limit the only stretching that could be done was a marginally longer throw crank to take the Type 35 from 2 litres to 2261cc. In Sicily these 2.3 Bugattis came home in the first three places, so after that these larger engined Bugatti T35 were called the Targa, and when the Targa got supercharged it became the Targa Compressor, or what was later called 35B, which was very useful after the 1.5 litre GP formula came to an end, when racing was to Formula Libre and limited by weight. The big development on the Type 35 came during the 1.5 litre formula where a lot of effort was put into competing with the Delage. By the Spanish GP in 1927 one of the Bugattis was outperforming the Delage (but crashed) so for the next and final GP of the formula much work was done with the bigger brakes, and a slew of other modifications, but the Brooklands venue was no road circuit and they didn't succeed. While other teams would build 3 or 4 cars per season for their own works team, Bugatti produced his GP cars for whoever wanted to break into racing even at the top flight, hence most races were dominated by Bugattis! And occasionally a privateer may even beat the Bugatti factory works team, as Rene Dreyfus did at Monaco. After some seven years of development, a twin overhead camshaft version of the T35 became the Type 51.
Tyre size for the different Bugatti Type 35:
- Early cars with beaded edge - 710x90
- Early cars on well base wheels - 450x19. The Blockley is the most authentic tyre you can source in this size.
- Type 35A (Tecla) - 450x19
- All other Bugatti 35 types (35B , 35C) - 500x19. We are advised that some outlets seem to think these supercharged Bugattis were fitted with smaller tyres in period, and that is untrue.
- A really good option for the non supercharged cars is 450x19 front tyres and the Blockley 475x19 tyres on the rear.