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July 11, 2022

Bugatti Royale: One of the Largest Cars in the World

The Bugatti Type 41, better known as the Royale, is a large luxury car built from 1927 to 1933 with a 4.3 m (169.3 in) wheelbase and 6.4 m (21 ft) overall length. It weighs approximately 3,175 kg (7,000 lb) and uses a 12.763 liter (778 cu in) straight-eight engine. For comparison, against the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII (produced from 2003 onward), the Royale is about 20% longer, and more than 25% heavier. This makes the Royale one of the largest cars in the world.

Ettore Bugatti planned to build twenty-five of these cars and sell them to royalty as the most luxurious car ever, but even European royalty were not buying such things during the Great Depression, and Bugatti was able to sell only three of the seven made (six still exist, one destroyed in wreck). Still, the engines were re-used successfully in newly constructed high-speed railcars for the French National Railway (SNCF).

Here below is a set of beautiful photos of the Bugatti Royale.

1 comment:

  1. The third photo from the top is a modern composite of the top photo and a photo of a man whose identity I don't know. I do know the man is not the owner of the car, Armand Esders, who can be seen with his elbow on his Bugatti Royale in this photo:

    You can tell the photo is a composite because the trees in the background are identical. Not one branch has moved. Also, the shadow of Jean Bugatti, the man in the top photo, can still be seen just to the right of the unknown man's left knee.




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