The four-pot motor’s 60bhp provided a 95mph top speed and the car had excellent brakes. Such an all-round performance, along with its iconic design, made it one of Bugatti’s biggest successes, something reflected today in its standing as a highly usable historic racer and practical car for road rallies, with its spacious two-seat cabin.
This car has done plenty of racing and rallying. Its long-time owner, Dudley Gahagan of the well-known classic restoration business Rees Brothers of Aldershot, campaigned the car over the decades at Prescott, Goodwood, the Brighton Speed Trials and at Silverstone on over 20 occasions from 1949 through to 1992.
The T37 has been used sparingly since restoration was completed in 2008. More recently it has been given a rebuilt engine (based on a replacement block) but still has its original chassis, gearbox, and both front and rear axles.
The archetypal lightweight, simple and exquisitely made automotive work of Bugatti art, the T37 comes with a presale estimate of £400-600,000.