Jay Leno takes a look at a 1932 Bugatti Type 49

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

The interior

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Fun Is the Whole Point

LOS ANGELES—I can feel it—you’re ready for a fight over this car before you’ve even read the words about this 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP test drive. Just as Mini’s latest attempt at hot-hatchery has pulled no punches aesthetically, mechanically, or financially, neither shall you on social media and in group-chats, as the be-winged mega-hatch has you bowed up and wide-eyed looking for a fracas, regardless if you fly the Mini flag or not.

Reading over the crib sheet of the elaborately named 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP we tested, it’s hard to think Mini wasn’t stirring the pot on purpose. Wearing a stunning base price of $46,000, the GP soars miles over the competition, including the ever-pricey Volkswagen Golf R, which by hot-hatch standards, is priced like an Audi carved from a block of inkjet cartridges at $41,000.

Bold move, considering that’s nearly $10,000 dearer

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