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Bugattiroyale Type 41 - 1927-1933
From the son of a furniture builder came the biggest, most beautiful automobile ever built. Ettore bugatti was arrogant but with good reason. He had a remarkable talent for design and was an extremely competitive businessman. Only bugatti could have gotten away with saying, my cars were built to go, not to stop, in response to customer complaints about weak brakes. Only bugatti could have designed the royale type 41.
Top speed of 125 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Single-overhead-cam, in-line 8
displacement 14.7 l power rating 300 hp
transmission 3-speed manual +
chassis: Front tubular-beam axlerear semielliptic springs suspension; Cable-operated drum brakes; 6,600 lbs.
price: $25,000 in 1931
Big, bigger, biggest
derived in 1931 from his wildly successful race cars, the royale was essentially a competition car scaled up to kingly proportions. It was 20 feet long and weighed nearly 6,000 pounds. Its engine displacement was an astounding 14.7 liters. Originally designed for royalty, the chassis price was $25,000 in 1931.
the royale was not too big to handle, however. Its tubular beam, curved front axle tapered from the center and, when coupled with grand prix steering, offered drivers feather-light steering. The proportions were immense and perfect, and in spite of its lack of speedometer or fuel gage,
the royale cruised along in complete control. A costly car, only six of a planned 25 wrere built.
This royale type 41 was commissioned in 1933 by the english captain c. W. Foster, who was determined to cruise london in style.
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