A Century of Cars: 68. Solido 1930 Bugatti Royale Coupe de Ville
The Bugatti Type 41, better known as the
Royale, is a large luxury car with a 4.3 m (169.3 in) wheelbase and
6.4 m (21 ft) overall length. It weighs approximately 3175 kg (7000
lb) and uses a 12.7 L (12763 cc/778 in³) straight-8 engine. For
comparison, against the modern Rolls-Royce Phantom (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, sell them to royalty and to be 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 six made.