Type 40 Bugattis replaced the early Type 13, 22 and 23 models. As an entry level car, the Type 40 had modest. Simple bodywork and construction methods kept production costs down. As with the early Brescia models it replaced, the Type 40 had road exceptional handling, braking and performance.
Supporting the Type 40 was a chassis that was similar to the Type 38. The engine was that of the Type 37, having an unblown Inline-4 with 5-main bearings and three valves per cylinder. Essentially the engine was halt the Type 35’s inline-8.
Standard bodywork on the Type 40 was a four-seater coupe in a torpedo form. Many cars did receive custom coachwork.
Back in 1929 the Type 40 offered an affordable alternative to the usual expensive Grand Prix car. However, it is important to note that the same degree of craftsmanship that went into a Grand Prix was held in the Type 40.
1929 Bugatti Type 40 40810 – sold for $415,000 Listed In Numerous Bugatti Registers. Matching Numbers Well-documented History & Photos. Completed Algerian Sahara Rally. Extensive Additional Racing History. FIA Registered Ran In The 2004 Le Mans Historic. With Current Owner For 27 Years. Provenance Known Since 1929. Restored To Factory Condition. Service History Included. Excellent Running Condition. Tools And Books Included. Auction Source: ‘Rolling Sculpture’ 2015 NYC by Keno Brothers
1930 Bugatti Type 40 Roadster 40868 – sold for €252,000 One of 13 surviving Jean Bugatti Roadsters on the Type 40 chassis. Matching-numbers example. Remarkably well-documented. History traced by Pierre-Yves Laugier. Engine upgraded to desirable Type 40A specifications. Auction Source: 2014 Paris by RM Auctions