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Bugatti type 44 1928, chassis number 44675, engine number 397


Although the Bugatti marque is best known for its racing cars they built during the 1920s and throughout the 1930s far more cars designed for people who could afford to buy an exclusive, expensive and technologically advanced road car. No bodies were made at the factory, as the 4- or 8-cylinder chassis were sold by an agent, or sometimes directly from the factory to the customer who then himself ordered the body at suitable builders. The result was often very beautiful and luxurious cars from the best coachbuilders.

Bugatti Type 44 was regarded as the factory's first break-in at the luxury market and was a success since 1095
units were made between 1927 and 1930. It was developed from a previous model, but had a new 3-liter straight eight-cylinder engine with overhead camshaft and three valves per cylinder with the, at the time, impressive power of 80 hp and a 4-speed transmission.

Our type 44 was ordered from the factory by the dealer Stand-Auto in Paris and delivered to the coachbuilder Maurice
Proux in October 1928 to get its beautiful two-door drophead coupé bodywork.

The car was then Erik Åkerlund’s (founder
of Åhlen & Åkerlund publishers, CEO of a Stockholm newspaper, Austrian Consul General) a gift to his son Rune on his 21st birthday in September 1929.

In the 1930s the car had a number of not too careful owners in the Stockholm area but ended up 1938 in a bad condition in Köping, with a good friend of Bertil Lindblad, He ordered parts from the factory in Molsheim, and began a renovation. The car was probably bought by Bertil Lindblad before the war - in any event, he could test drive it just days before World War II broke out. This meant that the car immediately got put away.

After the war Bertil Lindblad used the car as a means of transportation (he worked in Stockholm but had cars and other things in
his "summer cottage" outside Köping). He made several long trips abroad with the car (including to the Bugatti factory in Molsheim to buy parts for his 35B), but by 1958 it was again time for a major renovation. The car was put away and was not completed until 1980s.

The car has been owned since 1980 by the foundation and used occasionally for participating in rallies and meetings for old cars







Technical data
Make: Bugatti
Type/Model: 44
Body: Drophead coupé
Year of manufacture: 1928
Engine: 8-cylinder in-line engine with an overhead camshaft
Cylinder capacity: 2991 cc
Power: About 100 hk
Gearbox: 4-shift plus back, unsynchronized
Brrakes: Mechanical 4-wheel brakes
Wheel base: 3120 mm
Maximum speed: About 150 km/h
Manufactured Quantity: 1095

The photo was taken when the car was brand new.

The photo is taken near Bristol, England, 1930, and in the car is Rune Åkerlund.

Bertil Lindblad and his Bugatti type 44 1928.



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