“What already set Bugatti cars apart 100 years ago was high material performance and quality, as well as careful workmanship,” explains Luigi Galli, Specialist Heritage & Certification at Bugatti. “This made the legendary Type 13 not only the fastest, but also the most agile and reliable car on the Grand Prix racetracks of the last century, and caused a sensation from its very first appearances at the beginning of the 1920s.”
The model celebrated its greatest triumph at the Grand Prix for Voiturettes in Brescia in September 1921, thereby cementing its status as unbeatable. Four Type 13 cars finished in the top four places – the remarkable victory became synonymous with the model. And this remains true up to the present day. In the 1920s, the cars won almost every competition they entered. Especially in the tough road and mountain races, with their tight bends, poor road surface, potholes, sand, and piles of stones, the lightweight, powerful sports cars from Molsheim had the edge over their competitors.
The Bugatti Type 13 heralded a golden decade, and the company flourished. Over the next few years, the French factory sold 711 cars of this type with the 16-valve racing engine, in addition to 388 cars with engines featuring a smooth-rotating crankshaft with ball bearings. Bugatti continued to implement the concept of the Type 13 successfully with different vehicle lengths, for example in the Type 15, Type 17, Type 22 and Type 23. The Type 13 was produced in Molsheim until 1926.
Bugatti sold around 2,000 of the model in total. Employees had already started work on the Type 35 in 1925. This model took the successful series forward, and followed in the tire tracks of its legendary predecessor. Over the next few years, it was to become the most successful racecar of all time, clocking up over 2,000 victories.
The glorious Grand Prix days of the marque continue to be an important part of Bugatti’s company history, and the historic models like the Type 13 and Type 35 are still a source of inspiration for the bran’s modern hyper sports cars