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Bugatti Type 46 & 50 – The Big Bugattis

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Bugatti Type 46/50 – The Big Bugattis eBook

Bugatti Type 46 & 50 – The Big Bugattis
A Veloce classic, reprinted after several years absence!

By Barrie Price
About the Author

25x20.7cm • 144 pages

ISBN: 978-1-845848-72-9

£ 37.50 + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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A Veloce Classic Reprint of the only book dedicated to the Type 46 & 50 Bugattis.
The book features over 200 period plates, many rare and previously unpublished, showing a galaxy of superb coachbuilt and standard bodies on T46 and T50 chassis as well as much mechanical detail.
Regarded as THE standard reference to the Type 46 & 50.


The Bugatti Type 46 was announced in the autumn of 1929. The new Bugatti chassis, at almost twelve feet in length and powered by an 8-cylinder engine of 5300cc, was intended to be the basis of a superlative large luxury car – and so it proved to be. Bodied by the greatest European coachbuilders to the highest standards of quality and style for rich and discerning clientele, the T46 was in many ways a smaller Royale and is said to have been the favourite of Ettore Bugatti. Later, an optional supercharger became available to create the 46S model.
In 1930 the Bugatti Type 50 superseded the T46. The new model still used the T46’s chassis and most of its running gear, but featured a new, high-performance, twin-overhead-camshaft engine of just under 5-litre capacity. This supercharged unit gave the T50 very spirited performance for such a large and luxurious car, placing the model firmly in the Grand Sport category.
1931 saw a team of T50s take part in the Le Mans 24-Hour race, but the cars were withdrawn before the race finished after Rost’s car crashed, tragically killing a spectator in the process.
In total, fewer than five hundred T46 and T50 Bugattis were built in but, with the obvious exception of the Royale, these cars represented the pinnacle of luxury car manufacture for the famous Molsheim marque.
See fabulous coachbuilt bodies by Gaston Grummer, Chapron, Ghia, James Young, Van Vooren, Weymann, Billeter & Cartier, Gangloff, Joss Neuce, Mllion-Guiet, Freestone & Webb, Van den Plas, Arthur Mulliner, Kellner, Lancefield, Corsica, Visse et Haf, Ottin, Brainsby-Woollard, Sodomka, Graber, Weinburger, Abbots of Farnham as well as Bugatti’s standard bodies.
Barrie Price’s work is a concise history of the Bugatti Types 46 and 50, an engineering analysis and the most thorough survey yet of the many coachbuilt bodies fitted to these famous chassis. Appendices include a complete chassis listing and reproductions of promotional material produced by Bugatti, Bugatti agents and others.

Independent Reviews

Fabulous both in terms of writing and in illustration.
on: Yorkshire magazine

It looks at every aspect of the little unit, from crankshafts and valves to carburettors and ignition systems, and offers plenty of down-to-earth advice.
Classic & Sports Car

…another of Veloce Publishing's quality automotive books ... should be added to every Bugatti enthusiast's collection…
Pur Sang

This Veloce Classic has been reprinted after several years’ absence; a concise illustrated
history? Yes, but this book is so much more. ... If you share a passion for the offerings the famous
Grant Ford – Freelance

Bugatti lovers, rejoice -- two of the most coveted books on Ettore and Jean Bugatti’s masterpieces
have returned ... Libraries of new and experienced Bugattists alike.
Old Cars Weekly

Bugatti aficionados will welcome the long- overdue reprinting of this third standard work in
the series by Barrie Price on the great, even legendary, models of the beguiling pre-war French automotive producer.
Big End / All Torque

Veloce Today

A welcome addition to any Bugatti enthusiast's collection.
Vintage Racecar / Vintage Roadcar

This Veloce Classic has been reprinted after several years’ absence; a concise illustrated history? Yes, but this book is so much more. ... If you share a passion for the offerings the famous French marque brought to the motoring world ... this reprint is a must.
Grand Ford

... a galaxy of superb coachbuilt and standard bodies on both chassis ...
The Automobile

Barry price writes with great authority ... a fine collection of rare photographs and period advertising material ...
Classic Car Weekly

Additional Information

All royalties from this publication are being donated to the Bugatti Trust in order to further its aim of inspiring a new generation of designers who believe in the relationship between art.

Unfortunately this book is currently out of print. Please email sales@veloce if you would like to be notified when the book is to be reprinted.


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