Atelier Christian Gouel

Manufacturer and Restoror of Models

Mechanical Arts

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BUGATTI Engine Type 35 B/C

This engine is undoubtedly an absolute aesthetic reference. If the car it equipped became the archetype of 20s race car, this engine is likely to be the one which brought into collective conscious the fact that all Bugatti engines are tap-ground aluminium parallelepipoids ! Of course, as any cliché, this is neither completely true, nor completely false.
The most remarkable thing is not about circular mottling – which only is a decoration often made by uninspired restorers – but the overall conception of this engine, the perfect synthesis of what makes a Bugatti. Indeed, it is a mix of extremely complex technical solutions put together and assembled with absolute care and mastery. Everything in this engine can be defined as remarkable, either for the inventiveness of its author, the quality of its manufacture, or its aesthetics. It is without doubt a “must-have”. An exceptional subject needs outstanding treatment. We love challenges, and when a customer dares us, our bill of specifications is very simple: reproduce a type 35B engine dealing with each part from the original one strictly to scale without forgetting a single one.

  • Scale: 1/5th
  • Theme: Mechanical engineering
  • Model: Unique Piece upon order

When one starts from a simple idea, the final result always appears to be extremely complicated. The production of this engine is no exception to this rule. First, we had to find the bearings. The “double row ball” bearings no longer exist… We have to find “simple” ones, whose internal diameter/external diameter ratio was in keeping with our calculations. Their width also had to fit the ratio. This is what determined the scale of 1/5. The block and all the foundry parts were made out of mechanical-welded brass, in order to avoid problems linked to shrinking. The overall represents about 1500 parts, all of them machined by us, not counting bolting… For the record, the crankshaft was machined from a solid block. Il weights 600g, and the bar required to make it weighted 5 kg!

Creation entirely designed and made at my workshop in France.