What’s it Like to Drive One of the First Supercars? – Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix by Pur Sang

By  September 23, 2016
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The word “supercar” has been around for a long time. It’s been claimed to have originated to describe cars from as far back as 1920, for the Ensign Six to 1966, with the introduction of the Lamborghini Miura. The Bugatti Type 35 could definitely be argued to have been one of the first. And today, in Matt Farah’s One Take series, he takes a very exact copy of the Type 35 out for a spin.

In this video is the 1927 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix Racer, built by Pur Sang Argentina. You might have seen another Pur Sang Type 35 here on HOONART previously, in the article about Amelia Island Cars & Coffee. Some of the images from that article can be seen below. These cars are very small in person. It seemed to be about 2/3 the size that one would imagine it to be.

Engine in Bugatti Type 35 Pur Sang at Amelia Island

This pictured Type 35 at Amelia had a different exhaust and might not be supercharged. Looking at an engine from this far back in time, it’s hard to tell what you’re looking at exactly. Every detail had a very precious quality to it, like a Swiss timepiece.

Bugatti Type 35 Pur Sang at Amelia Island

Interior of Bugatti Type 35 Pur Sang at Amelia Island

Notice the shifter pointing out the side of the car. What appears to be a distributor on the left seemed a little unusual to find on a dashboard. And check out those leather hood latches!

Bugatti Type 35 Pur Sang at Amelia Island

Video by The Smoking Tire, top image screen captured from the video.
Text and by lower 4 photos by Bryce Womeldurf,
© Bryce Womeldurf 2016