Bugatti royal kellner coupe




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  • The energy and atmosphere at an automobile auction is unlike anything else. It's a room packed with the world's rarest and most desirable automobiles in.

    This Bugatti Royale, also known as the Type 41, is a unique car on this list. Most of the records for expensive cars sold at auction have been set.

    This Bugatti Type 41 Royale “Kellner” Sports Coupe sold for $9,, at a The Bugatti Royale was an incredible display of wealth.

    Bugatti royal kellner coupe

    Bugatti royal kellner coupe

    Perhaps the most impressive part of the Royale is its engine. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Articles with unsourced statements from March Interlanguage link template link number. The advantage of this was that Bugatti was able to easily convert the design to a single straight-eight for use in a car. The railcar turned the Royale project from an economic failure into a commercial success for Bugatti.

    Bugatti royal kellner coupe

    Bugatti royal kellner coupe

    Bugatti royal kellner coupe

    Bugatti royal kellner coupe

    Bugatti royal kellner coupe

    Ever since they were first produced, Bugattis have been massive in style and power. This Bugatti Royale, also known as the Type 41, is a unique car on this list. Most of the records for expensive cars sold at auction have been set in the last ten years.

    There are a number of reasons for this, but classic cars are just simply worth more now than they ever were before. But back in , a buyer paid so much for this Royale that the record still stands today, even without adjusting for inflation. If inflation is adjusted, then this is the number one record holder.

    Bugatti royal kellner coupe

    The name and year of the Royale tell quite a bit of its story right from the beginning. It was a car intended to be sold to royalty, just at a time when royalty was disappearing all over Europe. In the end, not a single Royale was sold to royalty. King Alfonso of Spain had intended to buy one, but was deposed in before he was able to take delivery. Just six copies of the Royale were built, between and , and Bugatti wasn't able deliver the first one to a customer until Ettore Bugatti even famously rejected King Zog of Albania's request to buy a Royale, citing the man's terrible table manners as the reason why.

    Given this kind of unmitigated snobbery, it's hardly surprising that the Royale was built purely out of spite. Legend has that Ettore was told by an English lady that she considered Rolls-Royce to be a superior machine to his, so he built the Royale, just to shut her up. In the end, only three of the six Royales produced were sold, with the unsold three hidden away until after WWII. All six survive today. Not that the Royale was in any way unimpressive. It must first be said that the thing is massive.

    Bugatti royal kellner coupe

    It has a fifteen-foot wheelbase, with an overall length of twenty-one feet, and stands five feet tall just at the hood, making the elephant hood ornament nearly eye-level. Perhaps the most impressive part of the Royale is its engine. Originally, this was an aircraft engine, known as the U Bugatti had built these in anticipation of a contract with the French government which never materialized, due to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the end of WWI.

    The engine was an odd design, basically two straight-eights which used a common crankcase but employed separate crankshafts. The advantage of this was that Bugatti was able to easily convert the design to a single straight-eight for use in a car. The engine was still massive, as was everything else about the Royale. This engine ended up being the thing that saved the Royale from being a complete commercial disaster. Having produced some 23 more engines than he could find cars for, Bugatti built a train locomotive using several of these engines to power it.

    The prototype landed him a contract with SNCF, the French national rail company, and 79 were built in all, making the company a fortune. The Kellner which broke the sales records has an unusual story. It should be mentioned that refrigerators were nearly impossible to buy in France in , and were therefore far more valuable than it would seem. That said, it's still safe to say that Cunningham got the better end of the deal.

    Bugatti royal kellner coupe

    It changed hands a number of times until it was bought by Meitec Corporation of Japan in , who held onto it until It was sold again recently through a broker in Switzerland, but the present owner in unknown.

    The name Bugatti has been reborn and is once again synonymous with astounding feats of engineering, as well as almost completely unchecked hubris. This new incarnation of Bugatti as well as another, short-lived one in the early Nineties has focused more on performance than luxury, although this was also something important to the original company.

    Bugatti Royale... La Grande Dame a du charme



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