Bugatti Type 46/50

The Big Bugattis

Fascinating and well illustrated history of these big 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 The book features over 200 period plates, many rare and previously unpublished, showing a galaxy of superb coachbuilt and standard bodies on T46 and T50 chassis as well as much mechanical detail.


The Bugatti Type 46 was announced in the Autumn of 1929. A very large chassis of nearly 12 feet in length powered by an 8-cylinder engine of 5300cc was intended to be the basis of a superlative luxury car - and so it proved to be. Bodied by the greatest of European coachbuilders to the highest standards of quality and style for rich clientele, the Type 46 was in many ways a smaller Royale and the model was 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In 1930 the Bugatti Type 50 superseded the 46. The new model still used the 46's chassis and most of its running gear but featured a new high performance engine of just under 5-litres capacity. This supercharged unit gave the Type 50 very spirited performance (particularly for such a large, luxurious car) and placed the model firmly into the Grand Sport category.

1931 saw a team of Type 50s take part in the Le Mans 24 Hour race, but the cars were withdrawn before the race finished after Rost's car crashed, tragically killing a spectator in the process.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, less than 500 Type 46 and 50 Bugattis were built, but, with the obvious exception of the Royale, these cars represented the pinnacle of luxury car manufacture for the famous Molsheim marque.

Additional info

  • The only book dedicated to the Type 46 & 50 Bugattis.
  • High quality artpaper production with many additional illustrations.
  • Fascinating and well illustrated history of these big Bugattis.

About the author

Barrie Price has spent a lifetime in the motor industry. he is proprietor of Lea-Francis Cars Ltd and President of the Lea-Francis Owners Club,co-founder and former Chairman of the Rolls-Royce and Bentley Specialist's Association, former Chairman of the Bugatti Owners Club,
co-founder and former Chairman of the Bugatti Trust.
Barrie has owned or driven practically every type of Bugatti, and has lived in Warwickshire all of his life.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845845-84-1 • eV number: eV4584 • Published: October 2013 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £22.99 / $35.99 / €29.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V169 • Hardback • • £29.99 • 128 pages • pictures • ISBN: 978-1-901295-69-6 • UPC: 6-36847-00169-8. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

Bugatti Type 46/50

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