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Bugatti Type 32 Grand Prix 1923

This aerodynamic tank-shaped car from the French Grand Prix was the predecessor of the famous Type 35. Its profile was shaped like an airplane wing and was intended to provide downforce. The wheelbase was only two metres, and the wheels and radiator were completely covered by the bodywork. The Tours Tank was an attempt by Ettore Bugatti at aerodynamics, but because the wing profile had an uplift effect, making the car unstable, he did not pursue this idea until the Type 57 Tank of the late 1930s. Nevertheless, Ernest Friderich finished the race in 3rd place, averaging 114,1 kph. The 1923 Grand Prix was the only major race in which the Type 32 participated.

The model in exhibit here was presented at Villa Erba in 2009 for the Centennial of Bugatti. Intense rain resulted in a cockpit fully covered by a protective cover.

Specification. Number made: 5; Engine 8 cylinder, 1991 cc, approximately 80 hp at 4.000 rpm. Three valves per cylinder ( two inlet and one outlet), Transmission 3-speed, top speed 185 kph; weight approximately 760 kg.

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