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Here's a newly restored Type 51 in road trim for useablity. It is always nice to see proofs that a car is being used.
Photo: Marco Bertazzoni, Reference


Type 51 is basically a Type 35 with a supercharged double over-head cam engine based on the new Type 50 engine.
One source says only three Type 51 (1930-34), and around fifteen Type 51A (1932-36) and 51C (1933) where made, while another says that 40 of the Type 51 where built. The latter figure may include Type 35, Type 37 and occational Type 39, that where converted to the engine specs of the new dohc engine and received a new 51xxx chassis number by the factory.


Model: Type 51Type 51AType 51C
Years made: 1931-35
Engine type: 8 cyl. in-line, 2 valves/cyl., 2 over-head cams
Engine size: 2262cc (60x100) 1493cc (60x66) 1991cc (60x88)
Supercharger: yes
Clutch: wet
Forward gears: 4
Drive: shaft
Front suspension: solid axle, 1/2-elliptical springs
Rear suspension: solid axle, reverse 1/4-elliptical springs
Brakes: cable operated drums
Wheelbase [m]: 2.4
Track [m]: 1.2
Size [m]: length 3.683, width 3.121
Tyre size: 28x5.00
Weight [kg]: c. 750
Top speed [km/h]: c. 225


1933, Type 51A, with non-standard exhaust pipes along the side
This racer was once driven by Louis Chiron.
Photo: Jacob Munkhammar, Reference


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