|Production||1921 to 1926|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Sports race car|
The Brescia' Bugatti handled brilliantly for the period with positive steering and high cornering powers which attracted a fanatical band of enthusiast owners. Bugatti insisted that his cars should go and was never very interested in making The 'Brescia' Bugatti of the twenties was a them stop, so the Brescia's brakes were at development of the sensational Type 13 pre- best of the press hard and pray' variety. Great war Bugatti model which had In Britain Raymond Mays dominated formed so strongly in the 1911 'Grand Prix des sprint and hillclimb meetings in the early Vieux Tacots' at Le Mans.
The Type 22 twenties with his two famous Brescias, Cordon became known as the 'Brescia' after its sweeping success in the International 'Grand Prix des Voiturettes' at Brescia in Italy in 1921 ; it had actually been tested experimentally as early as 1914 in slightly different form.
The modified Type 22 began to achieve fame as a production car in around 1922 and by 1926 it was effectively obsolete; but in those years it was one of the fastest small cars on the market.
Ettore Bugatti's overhead camshaft engine of 69 mm bore and loomm stroke, giving the four cyinders a total swept volume of 1496 cc, used his famous curved tappets of square section, plus a multi-plate clutch feeding a close-ratio four-speed gearbox. A touring set of gearbox ratios offered speeds of around
40 mph, 60mph and 75 mph at 3800 rpm while in high-geared competition versions maximum speeds rose to 85 mph or more.
This usually meant that peak engine revolutions could not be achieved in top gear before the engine ran out of steam, and the Brescia would run faster in third. The engines were quoted as giving some 40 bhp at 3800 Rouge and Cordon Bleu, both being progressively and highly modified to achieve 5800 rpm with reliability and proving capable of exceeding 90 mph with ease. rpm and in sporting trim they weighed around 13401b. was more, the Brescia Bugattis