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Bugatt1 Type 46 - 1929-1934
Ettore bugatti introduced his type 46 in 1929. With its 5.3-litre engine and wheelbase of nearly 12 feet, the car was intended to challenge hispano-suiza and delage. A scaled-down version of the famous royale, the type 46 shared many of the larger bugattis characteristics, notably the rear axle and the main bearings mounted directly above the crankcase.
Top speed of 96 mph (est.)
engine typedrivetrain: Water-cooled, overhead-cam, 8-cylinder
displacement 5,359 cc (5.36 l) power rating 150 hp (est.)
transmission 3-speed transaxle + reverse
chassis: Channel-steel; Front suspension by semielliptic leaf springs; Rear suspension by reversed quarter-elliptic leaf springs; 4-wheel drum brakes; 2,530 lbs
Luxury and reliability
the new bugatti combined the luxury and flexibility of a thoroughbred town car with the road-holding and performance of a sports car, and its remarkably quiet engine was an unexpected quality in a bugatti. The model proved very popular some 400 were sold (though the bugatti works issued a publicity photo that supposedly celebrated the building of the 500th type 46!).
despite the effects of the great depression, the type 46 remained in the bugatti catalogue until 1934, and the last three of four unsold cars were not actually disposed of until the fifties! some of the last chassis were fitted with superchargers in 1931 to boost the type 46b to improved levels
of performance. But only twenty supercharged (or blown ) bugatti type 46bs were built before the model was replaced by the twin-cam type 50.
T1kj type 46 was the most civilized bugatti, praised by the press for its silence, flexibility and comfort.
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