1930-1931 Bugatti Type 43/43A

The 1930-1931 Bugatti Type 43/43A is generally considered one of Bugatti's four greatest creations. Ettore Bugatti's cars had been around since 1910, and by the mid-1920s had become famous in European competition. Built at Molsheim in eastern France, all "Bugs" had a flexible chassis, rock-hard suspensions, and either four- or eight-cylinder engines.

The straight-eight Type 43 offered a 100-mph top speed, but MGA/Triumph TR3 acceleration. It was really a long-chassis Type 35/38 with a larger supercharged engine. Most were built with narrow torpedo-style sports bodies, but some four-seat roadsters are known. The 43A had American-style rumble-seat bodywork.

Pluses of the 1930-1931 Bugatti Type 43/43A:

  • Impeccable vintage racing pedigree
  • Eight-cylinder smoothness
  • High-quality design
  • Charisma
  • A CCCA Classic

Minuses of the 1930-1931 Bugatti Type 43/43A:

  • Rock-hard ride
  • Crude suspension
  • Floppy chassis
  • Few creature comforts
  • Very costly to buy and restore

Production of the 1930-1931 Bugatti Type 43/43A:
Approximately 150 (began in 1927)

Specifications of the 1930-1931 Bugatti Type 43/43A:
Wheelbase, inches: 117.0
Length, inches: 154.0

Weight, pounds: 2,300
Price, new: NA

Engine for the 1930-1931 Bugatti Type 43/43A:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohc I-82,262 cc (138 cid)115 1930-1931

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