Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bugatti Diesel Powered Pur Sang T35B

This Argentine built Pur Sang T35B is an identical replica of Ettore Bugatti's original design, right down to bespoke odd-sized square head hardware and the elaborate methods utilized in its construction--unchanged from those employed by Molsheim's craftsmen nearly 100 years ago.

In fact the only physical difference between this circa-2001 car and one built 75 years earlier would be found in its engine, if one was fitted. Reportedly, the car was ordered without, and has never been made complete.

Pur Sang will sell you a fully accessorized, palletized, and ready-to-fit 2.3 liter, SOHC, 24-valve, supercharged straight-eight for $130k or so, but it won't have roller crank bearings and it won't run a magneto--in the interest of drastically improved reliability, plain bearings and a distributor are substituted.

2.3 liter straight-eight. note the blower and cam drive--the shaft extending through firewall drives a magneto (distributor in Pur Sang spec), while the belt to the left drives tachometer. Bugatti's distinct monoblock design means no separate cylinder head

Or, for about 4% of said engine's list price, one could just buy this Bugatti diesel (scroll about 1/3rd down) and really put some weight over the exquisitely made, tapered, hollow front axle.
Bugatti diesel--like a regular diesel, but no more elegant

Thus equipped, I'd drive it to Pebble Beach and a few other snooty concours, deeply offend some folks in pressed khakis, and provided we made it out alive, return home and put in a great sounding straight six--Datsun or perhaps Jaguar--and then proceed to drive the wheels off at every opportunity.

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