1931 Bugatti Type 49 coupe by Oldřich Uhlík.

The Oldřich Uhlík’s coach build company was one from the best alongside Sodomka, Brožík, Petera, J.O. Jech not only in Czechoslovakia.

It produced the unique creations for chassis of the renowned brands as Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, Minerva and Rolls-Royce.

The Bugatti Type 49 was an improved Type 44 with a slightly bigger engine with double ignition and a cooling fan. Aluminium wheels were optional. A large proportion was originally supplied with enclosed bodywork but few remain in this form today as many have been re-bodied in a more sporting form. Produced from 1930 through 1934, about 470 examples were built. The Type 49 was the last of the early 8-cylinder single cam Bugatti line which began with the Type 30, though its gearbox would later be reused on the Type 55.

The Type 49 featured a straight-8 engine of 3.3 L (3257 cc/198 in³) displacement. Bore and stroke were 72 mm by 100 mm and three valves per cylinder were used with a single overhead camshaft.

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