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The Howe Motor Works Type 35B ‘Tйcla’


The ‘Howe Motor Works Bugatti 35B ‘Tкcla» is a rather one-of-a-kind motor car. as homemade, it is an example of a category includes two genres. The first of are kit cars, made to fit either an chassis or platform, or in some a custom made chassis.

are built In factories to be assembled by end The second, and one of which this is an example, are handcrafted scratch-built yard’ specials. This car was designed, engineered and constructed the ground up to emulate the almost 1927 Bugatti Type Of all the great cars that have inspired such a why this one?

The answer of is subjective and very personal. it has something to do with the record and of Ettore Bugatti’s creations.

people are surprised to learn Bugatti cars were in France and are considered the most of all the great French marques. The implies that they be Italian, and they might been if Ettore Bugatti, who was in Milan, had not left Italy as a man. Before starting to cars for sale under his own he worked for a number of automobile firms as a consultant; designing for the car makers De Dietrich, Mathis and and in France, Peugeot. In 1910, he set up in Molsheim in Alsace. part of before WW I, and began to build cars that would legendary.

To many, they are the beautiful ever conceived.

about 1924, the Bugatti 35 dominated motor racing for a of six or seven years as has no other car before or since. It still Is simply the most successful car of all time. Although there many versions of the Type 35, never vas a Type 35B ‘Tйcla’. to noted Bugatti authority Conway, a ‘Course Imitation’ was from May 1925 to some in 1930. This was the Type marketed to take advantage of the of the Type 35B GP racer.

Unofficially the 35A was known as the ‘Boy Racer’ and was ‘Tйcla’ by the Bugatti factory the popular make of cultured

Although the Type 35A had the same and chassis as the 35B, the less Type 38 touring car engine was The 35A was usually sold with wire spoke wheels than the cast alloy spoke wheels with brake drums seen on versions of the Type 35. Capable of a top of only 90 MPH (at 4,500 RPM), it did not the performance potential of the Type which could exceed 125 Nevertheless, a substantially lower made it very popular in circles.

A total of 135 of these in-line cylinder Type 35As produced.

In a sense, the 1.6 litre Motor Works 1927 358 Tйcla’ is more like Type 37 in that it too has a four engine. The Type 37, a 1.5 litre model with the same and body as the Type 35, was also in a sportsman GP ‘replica’ version. It is a car that is much easier to and it was considerably cheaper than the type 35A.

Total reached 270 by 1930.

When first encounter this many assume that it Is a example of a real Bugatti. is prompted no doubt by the fact this car has in aluminium body; attention has been paid to and, the design is faithful to the in many respects. The misconception is because most Bugatti seen in North America fiberglass bodies with design and detail compromises makes their genesis far obvious. This car isn’t a Bugatti of course, but it is as much a Bugatti as is the 1991 EB11O or the EB 16-4 Veyron. The name was for these cars.

This 35B ‘Bugatti’ radiator badge was for a personal hand-crafted car that was intended for sale. It is art; an sculpture. The Bugatti trade was purchased by Romano Artioli who the dormant marque in 1987 to cars in Italy. Some of 12 cylinder 552 Bhp Bugatti EB1l0s sold before bankruptcy.

Volkswagen Group acquired the to Bugatti and are developing their EB Veyron for production in Molsheim. In cases, the name Is the only to real Bugattis.

This is a pearl: an outstanding example of a inspired by a car of the past. It was built as an exercise by Derrick and Peter over a period of five and was first licensed in 1990. building their faux the father and son team founded Motor Works in Burlington a firm that provides and maintenance services for both and racing vintage motor The Howes chose to name car the ‘1927 Bugatti 358 ‘Tйcla”, a of Bugatti Type 35 model that avoids calling the car an of an imitation, or even naming it a car that ever existed. choice reflects their of the history of the marque.

In addition to knowing Bugatti some of Derrick’s knowledge of is first hand; he worked on a of these cars in England, a Brescia (Type 23), an (Type 57S) and of course, a 35. I added the ‘Howe Motor prefix to the name in recognition of the artistic and engineering achievements.

How this car compare to the original? For one it Is much simpler and much expensive. The Bugatti 35B engine is a head-in-block in-line-eight with valves per cylinder and a Rootes blower, an exotic and beautiful of machinery that Is most to work on. Parts are not easily and are expensive.

In comparison, the engine in the is an in-line, cross-flow hemi-head OHV with two valves per cylinder and a dual-throat down draft It is tractable and reliable, parts are and are inexpensive.

This car Is a bit larger the Bugatti Type 35 because of design and building considerations. importantly, the more generous provide a more spacious and cockpit. Originally, both had 19 with 4.50 X 19 tires on the built cars, and slightly 1930 Ford model A spoke wheels with X 19 tires on the Burlington built These have since replaced with 1933 Martin Le Mans wire wheels mounting 4.50 X 18 tires.

The difference in size the two cars, is quite apparent comparing pictures; the wheels on 35B appear to be larger in diameter to those on the Howe’s 35B.

As far as is concerned, the Tйcla goes. and handles very well. It is a nice car to drive with neutral steering. Although the ply tires are made to fit old wheels, the is modern and provides better performance and longer life tires built in the late and early thirties.

The relatively hydraulic brakes are more and efficient than its inspiration’s brakes.

The Tйcla’s acceleration may be somewhat by the size of the wheels relation to its final drive The rear axle was originally on a car with much smaller and the final gear ratio this. As a result, all of the gears are a bit

However, the engine develops 102 Bhp (as to the 35A’s 75 Bhp or the Type 37’s 60 and 100 ft/lbs of torque, which is for the relatively light weight car to its tall gearing. It exhibits brisk and sporting acceleration. One of this tall over-all is the almost overdrive like low RPM at speeds.

Performance is also effected by the to weight ratio. The Type 35A and 37 are much lighter, the heaviest at least 500 pounds lighter the 1840 pound Howe This gives the 35A an only better power to weight than the Howe Tйcla and the Type 37 at a slight disadvantage. to weight Is not the final arbiter; gear ratios for the Types 35A and 37 closely meet the needs of the It is estimated that the top speed of the 353 Tйcla is about 100 MPH.

is theoretical, since this has not been attempted nor is it likely to be. At highway cruising speeds, and up to at 85 Mph, the car performs admirably could touch the Bugatti’s in its heyday. The very light steel C section chassis is by the engine which is used as a member and an integral part of the design. The locking wire contributes to the stiffness of the car and is said by to be an early experiment in monocoque

The result is good control of movement over a wide of road surfaces. The Howe is much stiffer since the cannot be used as a structural of the chassis, and on this car the wire keeps the body fastening from loosening, and does not to the cars structural integrity. the chassis provides good location control, resulting in that is consistent and predictable.

The design Is similar to that by Bugatti (and other of the era) and the handling matches the potential of the car. Although not as good as a real Bugatti the best of conditions, the car handles well and feels like a sports car.

So here we a car that looks like a It does not have the forged axle with the springs through the axle, one of the things gives it away as not a ‘real’ The bodywork fit and finish is equal to an factory issue Type 35, but the steel and alloy under the is not in evidence which is another that gives it away.

It has left hand drive; all cars, with the exception of the resurrections are right hand Those not familiar with can easily be fooled, and some are when they learn car’s heritage.

The main of the Howe start with the which is fabricated from two square steel tubing. The is a modified parallel rail type. Upper and lower is formed into channels in from the fire wail as well as behind the cockpit.

The rails taper to relatively dumb irons at the front mounts to a fairly deep just behind the engine through the cockpit to the kick up at the springs’ front hangers. The is live axle. with leaf springs providing for location as well as the springing The front axle is custom by Linken Manufacturing.

Friction ‘T, 8. ‘Hartford” type dampers by Derrick Howe, are employed at the The rear springs, shocks and are 1972 Toyota Corolla

The brakes are vacuum power hydraulic. The large finned at the front are circa 1969 with the brake shoes to reduce braking power. The brakes are stock 1972 Corolla.

Hydraulic cylinders and for the brakes (and clutch) as as the vacuum booster are mounted the cockpit floor to keep the compartment uncluttered. These can be inspected and serviced through and under seat access The mechanical parking brake mounted outside the cockpit. is a type.

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The engine, rebuilt by Howe, is from a 1972 Corolla 1600 hatchback (as is the speed transmission and final The automatic choke, fan, retard, and mechanical fuel have all been removed the original 2TC engine. A manually fast idle system the choke, and an electric fuel fitted under the fuel (located in the boat-tail) delivers to the carburetor.

The Toyota radiator is and shaped to fit snugly in the inverted shoe (some say egg- radiator shell. A thermostatically electric fan (which very turns on) is mounted behind the

Parts from cars than the 1972 Toyota include the steering gearbox, is a ZF cam and roller type from a the head lamps, and tail which are 1930 Ford ‘A’; the front turning which are Lucas (as fitted to the MG TC); and the wings, which are MG PA with the mounting brackets on the inside rather than on the of the fender. The body shell is of aluminum over wood with felt between the and the body. Classic Car Craft of Ontario, specialists in Mercedes 300 SL series cars, constructed the for Peter and Derrick.

Aluminum is also used for the bulkhead / instrument panel is a solid 0.25 thick and is turned. The front bulkhead is made of laminated 0.0625 and wood, and also has an engine finish. The cowl section the bulkheads is reinforced with an layer of aluminum.

Custom components include the Brooklands steering wheel; fly-off brake; wire-lock body front friction type front springs; and, the straps that hold the hood and spare tyre; all by Derrick Howe. I designed and the leather and brass windscreen and adapted a Schlage door knob to replace the original gear shift knob. The panel includes a brake control valve; the illuminated lights and fog lamp pull switches; turn signal, headlamp ‘passing’ flasher/fog dip, fuel pump, and switches, and push button switches for the starter and the horn. The headlamp flasher and fog lamp and functions are recent modifications I made.

The original complement of VDO Royale’ instruments include a (calibrated in Mph with an odometer and meter), Tachometer, Fuel, Temperature, Oil Pressure, and Voltmeter gauges. I augmented the instrumentation by VDO Oil Temperature and Ampere ‘Magneto’ and a SMITHS Vacuum gauge and modified with a new face on a desktop publisher to match the of the VDO instruments. A Gallet rally pair and a typical ’20s instrument panel/map light the first additions that I to the car.

This is a work in progress. One of the earliest changes was to the original mirrors. The left mounted on the Brooklands screen, is a Ford open car windshield mirror. The central mirror is a wing-mount type (1949 MG TC) to fit the central ball-mount bracket.

changes include the addition of arm a picnic hamper mounted on the tyre; a Lucas SFT700S Jaguar Mk V) fog lamp; authentic leather gaiters for the front replacement of the original hydraulic with stainless steel line; and, the refinishing of the suspension components. During the of ’97/’98, the Ford Model welded spoke wheels were replaced with Aston Martin (Rudge-Whitworth wire spoke wheels. are mounted on modified Jaguar hubs; XK120 for the rear and Mk II for the front.

The 1998/’99 projects included a 1928 Oldsmobile rad shutter replacing the original fuel and rad with ’30s Riley car locking quick release polished aluminium fuel and plated bronze radiator and, completing the rally and timing equipment with a Speedpilot and a Durant electromechanical meter. The new rally instruments that the odometer be calibrated. It is now to 1 part in 333.333.

The results of the efforts, (and my modifications) is a car in the tradition of the finest examples in the mid to late ’20s. The handling, light responsive steering, and the feel and road holding of of the outstanding sports carts of the reflects Derrick’s engineering and experience. His background includes on real Bugattis and employment Colin Chapman of Lotus.

unlike Chapman’s cars, car is rugged and has a solid feel no evidence of the cowl shake some much more open cars exhibit. The and drive train is durable, easy to service and repair, yet spirited sporting performance of the car’s light weight. The diameter wheels almost overdrive in fourth gear, yet is enough torque and power to in top gear from less 20 Mph. The body design is not exactly the same as the Bugattis 35, 37 and 51) that were its inspiration but better; an elegant, well motor car that is beautifully and detailed. The car is great fun to drive; in the teeth driving on curving roads at its finest.

It really get any better.


Engine (1972 Corolla 1600)


Type: Four in line OHV cross-flow hemi-head

1,588cc (96.9 cu in.)

102 at 6,000 RPM

Torque: 100 at 3,800 RPM

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