Bugatti Galibier (1:43, Spark Minimax)

  • Bugatti Galibier (from 1939)
  • Spark Minimax
  • 1:43
  • Showcase model / No engine
  • silver (brilliant finish)
  • Chassis no. 774
  • S2720 / 9580006927200 (EAN)
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  • Perfect mint condition
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Named after the Col du Galibier pass in the Dauphiné Alps, the Type 57 Galibier was Bugatti's factory designed and produced four-door sports saloon.

Originally the Type 57 was a pillarless coupe design with a suicide rear doors and later cars switched this arrangement with a central pillar for a suicide front door. Later cars also featured a cover over the fender-mounted spare tire.

Orignally all the Galibiers were produced by Carrosserie Bugatti and some were bodied to the Bugatti design by Gangloff, Van Vooren and Graber.

The Galibier befitted from all the Type 57 engineering, development and upgrades throughout production. It used the twin-overhead camshaft 3.3-litre inline-8 which was good for 135 bhp in standard form.

Chassis arrangements included Rudge Witworth wire wheels, fifteen inch drum brakes and an uncluttered chassis having good strength. As with most Bugatti designs the Type 57 was relatively simple in design, but the result of complicated craftsmanship.

Many Galibiers have been rebodied over time into more sporting roadsters and the occasional cabriolet. Some of the these were done in period by factory coachbuilers, but many were done well into the post-war period with replica bodies.

Our estimate is that Bugatti produced 65 Galibiers throughout the three series of Type 57 production and 25% are now wearing different coachwork.

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submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 1933 - 1939
built at Molshiem, France
body stylist Jean Bugatti
coachbuilder Carrosserie Bugatti
engine Inline-8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain gear-Driven DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Single Updraft Stromberg UUR-2 Carburettor
displacement 3245 cc / 198.02 in³
bore 72 mm / 2.8 in
stroke 100 mm / 3.9 in
power 100.7 kw / 135 bhp @ 4500 rpm
specific output 41.6 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 82.82 bhp per tonne
redline 5000
body / frame Body over Steel Frame
driven wheels RWD
wheel type 18 Inch RudgeSpoked Wire
front tires 18 x 5.50
rear tires 18 x 5.50
front brakes Cable Operated Drums
rear brakes Cable Operated Drums
front wheels F 45.7 x 12.7 cm / 18 x 5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 12.7 cm / 18 x 5 in
f suspension Rigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs, Hartford Friction Shock Absrobers
r suspension Live Axle w/Reversed Quarter-Elliptic Springs, Hartford Friction Shock Absorbers
curb weight 1630 kg / 3594 lbs
wheelbase 3300 mm / 129.9 in
front track 1350 mm / 53.1 in
rear track 1350 mm / 53.1 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
tran clutch Single Dry Plate
final drive 4.16:1
top speed ~152.85 kph / 95 mph
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Author: wolfram

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