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Old 2 Feb 2003, 14:25 (Ref:493802)   #1
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'the tank'

does anyone have pics of a pre-war (WWII!) French GP car with full-width 'aerodynamic' bodywork, nicknamed 'the tank'? It may be a Ballot or Voisin but I'm not sure....
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Old 2 Feb 2003, 14:48 (Ref:493806)   #2
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Wasn't it a type of Bugatti? TimD will know.
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Old 2 Feb 2003, 14:55 (Ref:493809)   #3
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Look up in Any Bugatti book they had three types of 'Tank' and won the 1939 Le Mans with one which wouldn't have looked out of date there in 1955! I will send you a piccie privately.
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Well, I only know of two cars nicknamed "tank", and they were both Bugattis.

The best-known was probably the Bugatti Type 32, which competed in the 1923 French Grand Prix.

http://www.tamsoldracecarsite.net/MHGBugattiTankT8.jpg
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Bugatti built three Type 32 Tanks in 1923. They were not very successful - a combination of short wheelbase & aerodynamic lift resulted in poor handling.

The 1936-on Type 57 Tanks were more successful - a 57S Tank won le Mans in 1937 & a 57C Tank won in 1939.

'Tanks' were built by several other manufacturers, among them Chenard-Walcker &, post-WWII, Panhard. I'm not sure about Voisin - they also built a streamlined car in 1923, but it was called the 'Laboratoire'.
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thanks guys.. that's definitely the one! no wonder it generated lift!!
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