Replacing the Type 30, the Type 38 was a road-tourer featuring a second generation straight-eight, two-liter engine. The first inline-eights had built up a great reputation with the Type 30. As such many components remained the same including the crankshaft.
Compared to the Type 30, the Type 38 introduced a longer wheelbase and a wider track. The engine was very similar to the Type 35A unit, having a triple ball-bearing crankshaft.
A select few Type 38s received the supercharger off the four-cylinder Type 37A. These car were correspondingly called the Type 38A.
Type 38s were produced for a short period from 1926, until 1927, when they were replaced by the Type 43. A few type 38s were built after 1927, but only in limited numbers. Total production to 385 Type 38s were made, with 39 having superchargers.
1927 Bugatti Type 38 Roadster 38385 – sold for $198,000 Largely Complete And Appropriate For Restoration. An Eight-Cylinder Bugatti With Interesting Provenance. Believed To Be Elizabeth Junek’s Reconnaissance Car For The 1928 Targa Florio. 346 Naturally Aspirated Type 38s Built From 1926 To 1927. Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview