Bugatti's Type 37A

Bugatti Type 37A (from the collection of the author)

It's not every day that a vintage Bugatti rolls up to your local car meet. However this past Sunday at the Elm Bank Estate event in Wellesley, MA this very interesting little car appeared. Run by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Elm Bank's 36 aches of gardens serves as a picturesque back drop for a large gathering of cars. Dad was in attendance and reports that over 300 cars were on hand. 

The type 37 was manufactured between 1925 and 1930 - a scaled down version of the type 35 - it was intended for privateers on the day. The type 37A was the fitted with a roots-type supercharger which increased the power of its inline 4 cylinder to roughly 85hp. Utilizing much the same chassis design as the type 35 but lighter, the type 37A had success in it's day against cars of greater size and power. Bugatti is said to have produced 286 of these cars - 76 of which were 37As.

1 comment:

  1. Nice article on a superb car! The major visible difference between the 37 and the 37A is in the wheels, the 37 had alloy wheels while the 37A had wheels with spoke that, at that time, made it less popular but in my opinion now looks much better!