The 1932-1935 Bugatti Type 55 was a very exclusive roadgoing version of the small-engined, supercharged Type 51 Grand Prix car. Owners can expect the fierce character of a blown twincam eight and a chassis almost exactly the same as that of the GP car.

1933 Bugatti Type 55 roadster, part of the 1932-1935 Bugatti Type 55 line of collectible cars
1933 Bugatti Type 55 roadster.  See more pictures of Bugatti cars.

It was like the Type 43 in many ways, yet considerably faster: some say the standard-bodied two-seat roadster could exceed 112 mph when new, comparable to the Ferrari Boxer/Lamborghini Countach performance today. It offers all of the usual joys and heartaches of a true thoroughbred Bugatti plus greater exclusivity.

Pluses of the 1932-1935 Bugatti Type 55:

  • High performance
  • Grand Prix heritage
  • Styling, of course
  • "Animal" charm
  • Rarity
  • It's a Classic

Minuses of the 1932-1935 Bugatti Type 55:

  • Ludicrous prices
  • Extremely expensive to own
  • The chassis is old fashioned even for the mid-'30s
  • Are there any left to find?

Production of the 1932-1935 Bugatti Type 55:
35

Specifications of the 1932-1935 Bugatti Type 55:
Wheelbase, inches: 108.0
Length, inches: 162.0

Weight, pounds: 2,050
Price, new: NA

Engine for the 1932-1935 Bugatti Type 55:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
dohc I-82,262 cc
135* 1932-1935

*Net; supercharged

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