1926 Bugatti Type 38
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.
Pictures & Gallery
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Specs & Performance
|valvetrain||SOHC, 3 Valves per Cyl|
|fuel feed||Twin Zenith or Solex Carbs|
|displacement||1990 cc / 121.4 in³|
|bore||60 mm / 2.36 in|
|stroke||88 mm / 3.46 in|
|power||44.7 kw / 60 bhp|
|specific output||30.15 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||69.61 bhp per tonne|
|f brake size||mm / in|
|r brake size||mm / in|
|f suspension||Rigid Axle w/Elliptic Springs|
|r suspension||Rigid Axle w/Reversed Quarter-Elliptic Springs|
|curb weight||862 kg / 1900 lbs|
|wheelbase||3124 mm / 123.0 in|
|front track||1250 mm / 49.2 in|
|rear track||1250 mm / 49.2 in|
Auction Sales History
1927 Bugatti Type 38 Roadster 38385 – sold for $264,000 Believed to Have Been Reconnaissance Car for Elizabeth Junek. Formerly Part of the Peter Williamson Bugatti Collection. Highly Sought After 8-Cylinder Example In Wonderful Unrestored Condition. Classic Blue with Black Color Scheme. Auction Source: The Pebble Beach Auctions 2015 by Gooding and Company
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