Bugatti Type 38 38A

Bugatti Type 38 38ATourer

Identifying Features:
T35-style split crankcase, circular axle, large T43 radiator, dynamotor at front; small T37A supercharger on 38A

Years Made
(approx): 1926-27

Number Made:
385 (39 supercharged)

No of cylinders: 8
Bore x stroke: 60 x 88mm
Capacity: 1991cc
BHP (approx): T38: 60: T38A: 100
RPM Limit (prudent): 4000
Camshaft: sohc
Valves (per cylinder): 3
Camshaft drive: Front, bevel
Crankshaft bearings, No. and Type: 3 + 1 ball, plain rods
Supercharger (Roots): T38A only
Carburettor: T38, 2 Zenith, or Solex 30; T38A: 1 x 42
Ignition: Coil
Plugs per cylinder: 1
Firing Order: 1, 5, 2, 6, 3, 7, 4, 8

Type: Wet, multi-plate

Location: Central, Separate, 4-speed and reverse
Gear change lever: Central

Rear Axle:
Normal Ratio: 12/56 = 4.67 (spiral)

Wheelbase: 123in (3.122m)
Track: 49.2in (1.25m)
Chassis Weight (approx): 1900lb (860kg)

Location and Type: 4-wheel, cable operated

Type: Wire
Tyre size: original 28 x 4.95; modern fitment, 5.00 x 19

Crossbreeding with Other Types:
Engine basically T35A with wider mountings; gearbox, brakes etc, as T40; radiator, axles, as T43


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