Bugatti Type 49 Saloon
The Bugatti Type 49 succeeded the Type 44 in 1930. It was slightly larger than its predecessor and described in a contemporary report as a successful blend of comfortable carriage and lively sports car. The last of the early SOHC eight-cylinder cars, the Type 49 was rarer than the Type 44, with 470 sold between 1930-34 against 1,100 Type 44s sold between 1927-30. The Depression had taken hold, and a new car was beyond most people’s means, particularly a luxurious Bugatti.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
85 hp, 3,257 cc SOHC, three-valve inline eight-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, front semi-elliptic springs, rear quarter-elliptic inverted springs, live axle, four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 3,200 mm.
Source: RM Auctions