Grand Prix History in Scale Models

1928, Altaya 100 Ans de Sport Automobile, Bugatti, IXO, Louis Chiron

1928 Bugatti T35C Chiron

Bugatti T35 is definitely one of the most famous and successful racing cars of all times. The car was produced from 1924 through 1927 and raced on the top level until the beginning of 1930s. Over 400 models were sold making T35 the foundation of motor racing for many years. Among the victories of Bugatti Type 35 there are five consecutive Targa Florio races from 1925 to 1929, many major Grand Prix events and hundreds of wins in many less prominent races. T35 debuted at 1924 ACF Grand Prix. 35A  which appeared in 1925, as well as T35C  were powered by the same 2.0 L engine as initial T35. The Type 35C featured a Roots supercharger, despite Ettore Bugatti’s disdain for forced induction. Output was nearly 128 hp. Type 35B of 1927 was the final version of the Type 35 series. The 35B was powered by  2.3 L engine appeared first on 35T in 1926 but added a large supercharger like the Type 35C. Output was 138 hp.  Monégasque  Louis Chiron was one of the greatest racing drivers between the two World Wars. He started Grand Prix racing in late 1920s and was active till the end of 1950s. In 1928 he drove several Bugatti cars to victories in Grand Prix. Chiron won Italian Grand Prix on Bugatti T37A,  Grand Prix de San Sebastian and Rome Grand Prix on Bugatti 35C, and Grand Prix de la Marne at Reims-Gueux circuit on Bugatti 35B. This scale model by IXO was issued as a part of Altaya 100 ans de sport automobile collection. The description of the model states “Bugatti T35B, Grand Prix Sport 1928, Louis Chiron”. But the most probable attribution of the model to particular car and event is T35C driven by Chiron in Rome GP. The external appearance of 35C and 35B is virtually identical, but Chiron used #24 only in Rome GP in 1928. In addition, according to photo evidence the Rome car had the “2” of the race number with closed top loop like on the model.

1928Grand PrixGran Premio di Roma
Driver No.Entrant
Louis Chiron24Usines Bugatti
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:43IXOAltaya 100 Ans de Sport Automobile
Cat. No.QualityRarity
No. 25

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