1930 Bugatti Royale Coupe Napoleon
When the words “Art” and “Classic Car” appear in a same sentence, it’s almost sure that “Bugatti” will be mentioned soon.
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Since its beginnings at the dawn of the twentieth century until World War II, Bugatti represented the height of industrial design, creating models as the immortal Type 57 SC, which even today is considered one of the most beautiful automobiles - if not the most beautiful- ever created. But no model is as fascinating as the supreme Type 41, widely known as the "Royale", the car of the Kings, conceived as the ultimate expression of the car in a two-pronged approach: mechanic, with its massive 12.7 L engine producing 300 hp at only 1700 rpm; and artistic, with its body being designed by some of the most famous coachbuilders of the era.
Chasis 41.100 – Built from the chassis of the original prototype (now destroyed), the Coupe Napoleon designed by Ettore Bugatti opened the way for subsequent Royales-especially to the Coupe by Binder- with its spectacular body.
The car is now exhibited at the el Musee National de l'Automobile in Mulhouse, France, along with other two Royales.
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 was not buying such things during the Great Depression, and Bugatti was able to sell only three of the seven made (6 still exist, 1 destroyed in wreck).
Crafted by Ettore Bugatti, the Type 41 is said to have come about because he took exception to the comments of an English lady who compared his cars unfavourably with those of Rolls-Royce.[
The engine block and cylinder head were cast in one unit. Grinding of the engine valves was a regular maintenance requirement, and removing the engine valves for grinding required removing and disassembling the large cast iron engine. Strangely, for the modern day observer, the aluminium clutch box was attached to the chassis, not to the engine, and the gear box, also aluminium, was attached to the rear axle, so was part of the unsprung mass of the suspension. The clutch and gearbox were placed at odd locations to reduce noise and increase comfort, a difficult problem in those days. In view of the Royale's huge mass, placing the gearbox on the rear axle did not present a drive-ability problem.