1911 Bugatti Type 19 Bebe Concept


1911 Bugatti Type 19 Bebe Concept

1911 Bugatti Type 19 Bebe Concept

The Bebe was Ettore Bugatti’s conceptual design that was not intended for the Bugatti name, more for a larger manufacturer. The car itself was kept a bare minimum with no wasted space or weight. As usual, the car was made with the highest level of Bugatti craftsmanship and materials.

Peugeut bought the car from Bugatti in 1911 and made small changes to the design. With a revised grille, Peugeot was able to sell the car with little revisions to the Bugatti drivetrain. Over 3000 Peugeot BBs were sold which makes this car the best selling Bugatti design ever. With production so high for the period, the BB could be aptly titled the ‘European Model T’.

While this little Bugatti seems insignificant, it played an important role for the Bugatti marque during it’s early stages. The Bebe may accually be the first car that was made in the Molsheim workshops. Suprisingly, it possibly preceeds the Bugatti marque itself, as exact dates on the construction and design are unknown.

Of particular note is the rear suspension which featured reversed quarter-Elliptic springs. This was the first time a car had such a suspension which was adopted by many Bugatti models thereafter.

In Detail

engineInline-4
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrain2 Side Valves per Cyl
displacement855 cc / 52.2 in³
bore55 mm / 2.17 in
stroke90 mm / 3.54 in
power7.5 kw / 10.1 bhp
specific output11.81 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
body / frameSteel on Steel Frame
driven wheelsRWD
front brakesNone
f brake sizemm / in
rear brakesDrums
r brake sizemm / in
f suspensionNone
r suspensionReversed Quarter-Elliptic Springs
wheelbase2100 mm / 82.7 in
transmission2-Speed Manual w/Cone Clutch
gear ratios:1
top speed~59.5 kph / 37.0 mph