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Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Roadster & Convertible

The 101 was the last Bugatti built by the Bugatti family.

It was the last struggle to revive the famous brand. Unfortunately, the car was not the resurrection needed by the French luxury brand.

After WWII, the Bugatti car manufacturer was struggling to survive. There was no money on the market for luxurious cars. Ettore Bugatti died in 1947, leaving his second son, Roland, in charge of the company. He tried to build a new vehicle based on the Type 57 chassis. It was the 101, the car that should restart the company.

There were only six vehicles built, and not all of them were convertible. The Type 57 featured a long wheelbase, too big for a regular convertible, but Roland didn't have the money to develop a new chassis. The designer hid that long wheelbase with the addition of a few vents on the front fenders and the bi-color bodywork paint. Its rounded forms and ponton-like panels made the car look shorter than it actually was. The canvas top was cheaper to build than a hardtop.

The interior featured a dash panel with a few round dials and piano-black finishing. An unusual feature for those times was the steering-column mounted gearshift lever. It was an electrical selector that changed the gears with two fingers, but the clutch had to be used. There were only four convertibles built, three of them by Gangloff and one by Virgil Exner/Ghia. The latter featured a shortened chassis.

The Type 101 featured an inline-eight engine with a total displacement of 3.3-liter. It was available with or without a supercharger. The engine was an improved version from the Type 57, with a down-draught carburetor system instead of the horizontal, Stromberg ones.

BUGATTI Type 101 1951 - 1956
BUGATTI Type 101 1951 - 1956
  1 gasoline engine
  • 3.3

BUGATTI Type 101 3.3

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.3
Cylinders
L8
Displacement
3257 cm3
Power
99 KW @ 5500 RPM
135 HP @ 5500 RPM
133 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
6 X 17
DIMENSIONS
Front/rear Track
53.1/53.1 in (1,349/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
129.9 in (3299 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3748 lbs (1700 kg)
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