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Type 35B Recreation
The most successful, and arguably the most beautiful pre-war Grand Prix car of all time, the Bugatti T35 won over 1,000 races in its time, and garnered all the most prestigious motor racing trophies, including the World Championships and the Targa Florio, fives years in succession. It was successful both as a works car, and in the hands of privateers, both male and female, and was immortalised in the hands of some of the greatest pre-war drivers. It was the very epitome of pre-war motoring racing glamour.
The last and most famous of the 35 series was the Type 35B, which shared the same 2.3 litre engine as the earlier cars but came in supercharged form, producing 138 hp. Only 45 T35Bs left the Molsheim factory and so demand has always outstripped supply not only among collectors but also active participants in historic racing, leading to a culture of building up these cars from available original parts, dating back to the 1960s . As a result even the original parts are today in short supply, and in order to keep original and rebuilt cars in action most components have been remanufactured by various specialist companies, here and abroad.
One such is Pur Sang, the Argentine company which has built a formidable reputation for restorations and recreations of Bugattis, Alfas 8Cs and Mercedes SSKs. There is a a chapter devoted to the work of Pur Sang in the book Bugatti Argentina, which chart’s the passionate and historic relationship between Argentina and the marque. In recent years the company has even diversified into vintage aircraft and customers include the Smithsonian Insititute National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
This Argentine car was the subject of a seven page review Bug Life in Octane magazine in 2008, in which the journalist Mark Dixon used the 35B as his everyday car for a week… and in the depths of winter! You can read his review on the downloadable pdf. The car has also been prepared for competitive use and has appeared at BOC events Prescott and at Silverstone. The car has a Scintilla magneto and is available with or without a number of original parts.
Granted a BOC chassis number and registered for road use, this is a rare opportunity to experience one of the great cars of all time.