Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

French Friday: HotWheels Bugatti Type 50T

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It's not often that that I can use a HotWheels for French Friday - and even rarer that I can show a pre-war model. So I'm happy to be able to show this Bugatti.

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The real car was made from 1931 to 1934, with the "T" standing for "Touring". The engine was slightly detuned from the regular Type 50 model, offering less power but more torque for better all round driveability. The 50T engine offered 200hp from its 5.0l straight 8 engine.

Bugatti produced a combined total of 65 Type 50s and 50Ts. And that was quite a large number by their standards.

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HotWheels introduced this casting in 1981 and made a blunder by calling it the "1937 Bugatti".
Ouch. The first models were painted in a pretty true to the original black and red.

This version was the second version, and came with both Blackwalls and Whitewalls, made from 1986 to 1990. It's perhaps a bit garish - but at least the typical Bugatti type two=tone paint scheme is right.

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After that, the colour schemes became progressively worse. The last one in 2007 was so bad, it has to be seen to be believed. But at least they'd fixed the name by then and called it a 1933 Bugatti.

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