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Project 24 of 40

One of the most romantic names in motoring history is BUGATTI, a company founded by Ettore Bugatti – Le Patron – who was born into a notably artistic Italian family but became a naturalised Frenchman. An engineering perfectionist, Ettore’s designs were always noted for their innovation and style.

Introduced at the 1929 Paris Motor Show, the Bugatti Type 46 was a top-of-the-range model and this car is one of the earliest examples. The fabric-covered, fixed-head coupé bodywork was built by Maythron and Son of England.

The distinctively narrow and rectangular 5,4-litre straight-eight engine is unusual in having a one-piece cylinder block and head casting. A three-speed gearbox is mounted in unit with the live rear axle. Rudge 32-inch wire wheels are fitted, and the brakes are cable-operated drums all round.

The Type 46 was one of Bugatti’s most successful models – 444 were built – and this example has had only five owners since new.



Year 1930
Country of Origin France
Engine Type 8 Cylinder, Overhead camshaft, 3 valves per cylinder
Power Output 140 BHP
Transmission Type 3-speed
Braking System drum brakes
Top speed 160 km/h or 100 mph