Bugatti Type 37A photographed

The Bugatti type 35 is the most famous early Bugatti. But like modern racecars, the type 35 was simply too expensive for the majority of gentlemen racers interested in a lightweight and powerful track car. To solve this problem, Ettore Bugatti created the type 37, which reused the same chassis as the type 35, but used a smaller four cylinder, 1.5-liter engine instead of the inline 8 cylinder that the type 35 used. The type 37 was designed to be more mechanically reliable than the type 35, so Bugatti ditched the roller bearing camshaft in favor of a more conventional setup that required less maintenance.

Unlike the type 37, the car featured below is a 37A, meaning it has a supercharged inline four, that produces 90 hp, 30 more hp than the standard type 37. With its larger engine, the type 37A was capable of reaching roughly 125 mph in 1926.

Notably, the type 37A, like all Bugatti’s of this period use safety wire to attach the car’s body panels to the chassis. Meaning one continuous cord no thicker than piano wire provides the main connection between chassis and driver.

This particular Bugatti type 37A is one of only ninety known to exist, and is painted in traditional French racing blue.


Bugatti type 37A (supercharged version).
Look at the camber on the front wheels.