The 1920 Bugatti Type 23 was an upgrade from the successful Type 13. This particular car has a historical significance in that it was the first full production multi-valve automobile produced. The Type 23 experienced a very successful run through 1926. During this time, over 2,000 models were assembled. What was it that made the Bugatti Type 23 so successful?
To begin, it feature an inline 4 engine with 4 valves per cylinder. The component placement also showed variation from the standard Bugatti build. The carburetor was found on the left, while the exhaust was located to the right side. The Type 23 can be easily identified by its H section front axle and lack of front brakes.
The 1496cc engine produced power at 30bhp, and could maintain a top speed of 70mph. The revolutions of most engines was 4000 RPM with a few that could produce 4500 RPM. A front beveled camshaft and overhead cam were standard for this type vehicle. Operating with a wet multi-plate clutch this beauty would reliably turn out a top performance.
The 1920 Bugatti Type 23 extended the wheel base of its predecessor the Type 13. The original wheel base was at 2.0m or 78.75in, the Type 23 measured in at 2.5m or 100.4in. This allowed for faster pacing and control around track corners. This Bugatti was often referred to as the “little thoroughbred” and rightly so.
Drivers of this car were certainly of a special breed, as it required hand cranking, had no speedometer, and was all sports car. The chronograph to the left of the steering wheel could help drivers gauge where in the world they were and get an approximate speed. The excellent steering and road holding capabilities made this Bugatti the car of its time. It was revolutionary to the automotive industry, and though it had a few flaws, the overall success of the car is commendable.
1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aérodyne: A Cross Between Art Deco, Aircraft and Flamboyance
The 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aérodyne was designed by Gabriel Voisin of France. Voisin had a background in designing various types of aircraft. The Avions Voisin C25 Aérodyne has an interesting design style that is a cross between art deco, aircraft and flamboyance.
This four door car appears larger from the outside than it does on the inside. It can hold five people, however, it is a pretty tight fit. The car seats are covered with patterned upholstery of woven cloth. The steering wheel is very large and the instrument panel is filled with an array of switches, gauges, dials and buttons.
The back of the Aérodyne is sloped and has a trunk. If more trunk room is needed the rear seats can be folded forward to accommodate for that. On the roof is a sliding panel that can be raised and lowered using a pneumatic motor that’s in the trunk. There is also a crank provided to operate the ‘sunroof’ in the event the pneumatic motor stops working. An interesting feature on the roof of the car are four portholes that allowed light to come into the vehicle.
Under the hood of the 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aérodyne is a 3-liter inline, 6-cylinder engine that puts out about 90 horsepower and the 4-wheel drum brakes are vacuum-assisted. The car has a maximum speed of approximately 85 miles per hour.
Dubbed the world’s first supercar, the 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante had a supercharged 3.3 liter, twin-cam engine with 8 cylinders and 170 horsepower. This car’s suspension system is an independent one replacing the solid front axles that were used in older cars. The Type 57SC was designed with wonderful workmanship and great handling ability.
Bugatti cars are well known for their beautiful styles, and the Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante is no different. This model was designed by Jean Bugatti who was an auto designer as well as a test engineer. As a matter of fact, he designed all three models of the Type 57 Bugattis (Ventoux, Stelvio and Atalante). There were only 11 of the Type 57SC Atalante models produced. Interestingly, each one was built a little differently from the other. For instance, some had independent headlights, some had headlights built into the body, some had polished aluminum hubcaps, some had wire wheels, some were painted a solid color, some were painted black and an accent color, and more.
The 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante is a very attractive sports coupe touring car with an elegant body style. It has a long front end, rounded swooping fenders and roof, a mesh grille and body panels that are riveted. It has a streamlined, low-sitting chassis and two seats. The windshield is flat, there are full-sized doors, that open from the front to the rear, with kidney-bean shaped windows in them, and a it has sloped trunk where a recessed spare tire is kept.
The 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante, a real classic, is considered to be one of the most alluring Bugattis around today.