Indeed, the Type 35 was an incredibly successful race car in its own era, winning over 1,000 races, including the Grand Prix World Championship in 1926, the Bugatti dominated and regularly smashed lap and course records around Europe.
It’s a triumph of French engineering and, despite its ridiculous, and by no means shy engine sound, the Type 35B manages to deploy a real touch of elegance and class wherever it goes.
It's only when you get up close and personal with the Type 35 that the sheer age of the thing really hits home. It’s a car suspended by leaf springs. An engineering design that wouldn’t be out of place on horse-drawn carriages around the turn of the 18th century. It’s got a hand crank engine-start; drum brakes and a gear lever positioned outside of the car. Almost aeronautical in its body shape, the pug-nosed Bugatti is instantly recognisable and really stood out on the Breakfast Club grid.
Almost as quickly as this beautiful dark navy blue Bugatti arrived, it was gone again from the grid, and like all great party guests, its short and sweet stay only increased our longing to spend more time with it again in the future.