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1927 Bugatti Type 44

Bugatti Type 44

1927 Bugatti Type 44

From 1927 to 1930, Bugatti produced the Type 44 as a mid-size car built to the same high standards as their race cars. Thus, it became the firm’s most common model with over 1100 examples sold.

It was built around an inline-8 engine that was similar the Type 35’s with two engine blocks of four cylinders each. Displacing nearly three liters, it produced an ample 80 bhp which was flexible enough to propel any variety of aluminum or steel bodies. Furthermore, it was designed to run quietly and without vibration. As an example, the engine was balanced enough to reach 4,500 rpm.

Chassis details were similar to the other Bugatti models sold concurrently. Semi-elliptic leaf springs were used upfront with reversed quarter-elliptic springs were in the rear. Upgrades from the Type 38 included new shock absorbers, a wet multi-plate clutch and a DeWandre-Repusseau servo for the cable-operated brakes.

Many of the French coachbuilders designed bodies for the Type 44 including Weymann, Kellner and James Young. After 1930, Bugatti upgraded the model to the Type 49 and offered the 5-litre Type 46 as a more luxurious model.

Pictures & Gallery

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Specs & Performance

type Series Production Car
built at Molsheim, France
production 1095
predecessor 1926 Bugatti Type 38
successor 1934 Bugatti Type 49
engine Inline-8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain SOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed 1 Schebler Carburetor
displacement 2991 cc / 182.52 in³
bore 69 mm / 2.7 in
stroke 100 mm / 3.9 in
power 59.7 kw / 80 bhp @ 4000 rpm
specific output 26.75 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 73.39 bhp per tonne
body / frame Steel Chassis
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Wire Wheels
front tires 28 x 4.95
rear tires 28 x 4.95
front brakes Cable-operated Drums
rear brakes Cable-operated Drums
curb weight 1090 kg / 2400 lbs
wheelbase 3119.1 mm / 122.8 in
front track 1249.7 mm / 49.2 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
tran clutch Wet, multi-plate
final drive 4.16:1

Auction Sales History

1927 Bugatti Type 44

1928 Bugatti Type 44 Profilé Aérodynamique Gangloff 44784 – sold for €333,760 Original streamlined coachwork by Gangloff. Prestigious owners. Powerful model. Ex Nicolas Seydoux collection. Auction Source: Rétromobile 2015 by Artcurial Motorcars

1927 Bugatti Type 44

1929 Bugatti Type 44 Wilkinsons Grand Sport 441008 – did not sell for €265,000

The car offered here, chassis number 441008 with engine number 743, was built in April 1929, and it was originally delivered with a cabriolet body, ordered by Bugatti from favoured coachbuilders Gangloff. In 1969 the owner began a restoration who had respected British coachbuilders, Wilkinson’s, craft a new body to the exact specifications of an original factory Grand Sport, installed along with a “new old stock Bugatti Molsheim” cam box. The car then passed through the hands of Dr Marcel Perlman, with whom it participated in many shows in the United States, eventually into the ownership of the present French owner. Auction Source: 2013 Villa d’Erba Auction by RM