Though the Type 51 struggled in competition against newer and more technologically advanced state-sponsored machines from Italy and Germany, the model was a long-term success with marque enthusiasts and vintage racers. Claiming important competition history and documented with a comprehensive report by independent Bugatti historian and author David Sewell, this Type 51 is a well-sorted example ideal for event use and historic racing. Chassis no. The car was prepared for use as a Works entry for the season, amply clarified by numerous repair notes regarding engine teardowns and rear axle ratio changes.
1932 Bugatti Type 51
Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix | Amelia Island | RM Sotheby's
1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix
In the case of every Bugatti this was a truism. The leading coachbuilders on two continents catered to the various Bugatti designed and built chassis for over 40 years, and created what could well be the most beautiful automobiles the world has ever known. Though Italian by birth, Bugatti spent nearly all of his life in France. From around to , nearly 8, cars bearing the Bugatti signature were produced at the Molsheim factory located in the Alsace region. There were 52 different Bugatti models produced over the years ranging from Grand Prix racecars—the famous Type 35—to the most luxurious and costly automobiles ever built, the Bugatti Royale.
Under the hood, however, the two cars are distinctly different. Built strictly for Grand Prix racing, the Type 51 was an evolution of the highly successful Type 35B. A major difference between the two cars is the twin-overhead block which was included on the Type This head was remarkably similar to the Miller 91 design which Ettore had studied and applied to cars such as Type With this cylinder head, Bugatti found an additional 20 horsepower.