This rather special Bentley “Blower” has appeared on auctioneers Gooding and Company, albeit the name comes from the addition of a supercharger to the already tested four and a half litre inline 4 cylinder engine.
W.O. Bentley, on the other hand, was firmly against the supercharging of his cars. The Bentley racing strategy was based on endurance and reliability, all too often pushing hard at the onset of a race and forcing the supercharged competitors to break; easy victory ensued. W.O. remained confident in the awe-inspiring Speed Six with its normally aspirated 6 1/2-litre engine.
After a hard but heroic 8th position in the 1928 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, Sir Henry Tim Birkin was adamant that the Bentley 4 1/2 Litre could be substantially more competitive through supercharging considering Mercedes podium first second and third.
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At the ADAC Eifel Rennen this weekend we spotted the Bugatti Type 37 Racing, the valuation of this model of car varies from £200k.
The Type 35 was powered by a four cylinder in line, overhead camshaft, 3 valves per cylinder, 1496cc, 60hp; Gearbox: four speed, transmission to rear wheels; Suspension, front: Bugatti axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs, rear: solid axle on quarter elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel drum, cable operated. Right hand drive.
Blue with black leather inter.
At the French Grand Prix at Lyon in 1924, Bugatti unveiled a new production racing car, the famous Type 35. They were officially campaigned in every possible competitive event until 1930, during which this little jewel recorded a huge number of successes in the hand of Works drivers and private drivers. Today, it remains the symbol of the Bugatti marque. Throughout production, there were a number of variations offered by the factory for the Type 35, including supercharged versions, but always based on the eight cylinder engine. A four cylinder variant was introduced at the end of 1925 and designated the Type 37. It benefitted from the same chassis, and with a few alterations, the same chassis as its bigger sister. The Type 37 was renowned for its lightness, nimbleness and reliability, and was good for 145kph. Over the four years of production, approximately 270 examples were completed, of which many have disappeared, due to being worn out by active sporting careers. So, original examples with continuous history such as the car on offer today, are extremely rare.
Thanks to Ralph the owner of the vehicle for the Model number of this car you can see his personal website here :- www.bugatti37.de
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