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Bugatti Type 57 Coach Ventoux - 1934
They called it the bug, but this was no volkswagen beetle. The bugatti type 57coach ventoux manufactured in france in the thirties was one of the classiest sports cars ever. With swooping lines, low-cut doors, louvers on the sides and foot-long headlights in the shape of backward bullets, the bug carried its class with innovative styling.
Top speed of 125 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Double-overhead-cam straight-8
displacement 200 cu. In. (3.3 l) power rating 140 hp transmission 4-speed manual
chassis: Solid axles front and rear; De ram self-adjusting shocks; Cable-operated drum brakes; 3,300 lbs.
price (chassis only): $2,600 to $3,000 in 1936
My way or the highway
former le mans racer ettore bugatti, who owned the bugatti company, drove a hard bargain but had brilliant design instincts. On his orders, the type 57 used aluminum, then in scarce supply, for the lightest possible body. The valve gear was driven by twin overhead cams for maximum efficiency. Yet the chassis was as antique as a horse-drawn wagon, and the old-fashioned braking system didnt even use a hydraulic booster. The combination of new and old made for a perfect balance.
the price is right
fewer than 680 type 57s were built. The ones still around have fetched prices as high as $8 million and routinely change hands for prices approaching and sometimes surpassing an
amazing $1 million. This is one bug that gets into the systems of classic car lovers everywhere.
The light but solid type 51 coach venton.x equipped with a supercharged straight-8 was able to reach speeds of 125 mph.
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