Bugatti: The 8 Cylinder Touring Cars, 1920-34

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Bugatti: The 8 Cylinder Touring Cars, 1920-34 has been penned by Barrie Price & Jean-Louis Arbey, and comes Veloce, the publisher of automotive books. This book is a part of a series of publications from Veloce on various Bugatti models, each being a collector’s item for car enthusiasts with invaluable and detailed information. The other models covered in this series include the more familiar competition versions, as well as the lesser known models like Types 28, 30, 38 and 38A, 44 and 49. Though these models were perhaps not as famous as their more lithe counterparts, they were labeled just as commercially successful by the manufacturer, had appeared in competitive events, and possessed an extensive range of coachwork. The royalties from the sales of the series are passed on to the Bugatti Trust. This foundation is dedicated to studying the life and works of Ettore Bugatti, and keeps alive his efforts to achieve excellence in the aesthetics of automotive engineering design.

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The text of this book is in English and easy to follow, while the innumerable black and white photographs help the reader fully comprehend the intricacies of the manufacturing process, as well as the history of these vehicles. The primary focus of these photographs is the bodywork of different kinds that are fitted in these Bugatti models, ranging from the elegant horse-drawn carriage like fiacre, to the tourer and saloon. Given the age of some of these photographs the quality may be mixed, but they do an excellent job of providing wholesome support to the text on topics such as technical appraisal and development. The photographs come with captions in English and French, and a word of caution here – the translation is not of the best quality.

Coming to the subject matter of the book, it offers a comprehensive study of the medium sized touring cars manufactured by Bugatti. This extensive range was built during the fifteen year period that followed the World War 1 (1914 – 1918). In-depth information along with illustrations is provided on aspects of development and design, ably supported by photographs of chassis and components, starting from the Type 28, and ending with the Type 49. Understanding these contents of the book is crucial for anyone who wants to gain insight into the manufacturer’s long and unique presence in the automobile engineering field, since the cars shown in this book represent the typical Bugatti design and style, as well as the bulk of production.

The reader will discover detailed and intriguing information on more than one hundred and fifty car designs from Bugatti, explained through text as well as with the help of more than two hundred mainly contemporary photographs. There are many photographs in this book that have never been published before, which gives the book an added edge. In-depth information is provided on the works of a number of coachbuilders spread across the length and breadth of Europe. These works were built upon these chassis, and are explained with the help of illustrations. Also, there are tables that depict their market position vis-à-vis other makes and models in the market, which were in competition with the ones from Bugatti. What makes the book an interesting read is that it also includes a study of the performance of cars manufactured by competitors, as well as a vital survey spread over eight decades, which outlines the fall and rise in values.