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.
||Type 51||Type 51A||Type 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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