Jay Leno has several Bugattis in his collection, but most of the cars from the French marque featured on his “Jay Leno’s Garage” YouTube series have been performance models. This time, Leno featured a more luxurious grand tourer—this 1932 Bugatti Type 49.
Under the hood sits a 3.3-liter inline-8 engine which, unusually, has two spark plugs per cylinder. The Type 49 was the last Bugatti model with this single overhead cam engine; the company subsequently switched to a dual-cam setup that, according to Leno, copied a design from American engine builder Harry Miller.
As with other Bugatti models of the period, the brake drums are cast into the wheels, which have a turbine-like look that’s more 1980s than 1930s. Those brakes are fully mechanical, although hydraulic brakes had been developed by the time this car was built, Leno noted.
1932 Bugatti Type 49 on Jay Leno’s Garage