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Bugatti type 41 Royale (the Worlds most valuable car and possibly the most pointless!)


Park Ward Royale

The Bugatti Royale was one of the most opulent and uncompromising cars ever created.   The car itself was enormous, and could weigh up to 4 tons depending on the coachwork.  Its straight eight engine measured 784 cubic inches.  The chassis price was $30,000--a staggering amount of money at the time.

Bugatti stated that he would only sell the car to royalty, although this stipulation was relaxed as production commenced.  He did refuse to sell the car to King Zog of Albania, claiming that "the man's table manners are beyond belief!"


Royale


the engine was so pointlessly large that it was
 used for many years as a railcar engine!

Identifying Features:
Enormous size (24in wheels)

Years Made
(approx): 1929-33

Number Made:
6

Engine:

No of cylinders: 8
Bore x stroke: 125 x 130mm
Capacity: 12763cc
BHP (approx): 275-300
RPM Limit (prudent): 1800
Camshaft: sohc
Valves (per cylinder): 3
Camshaft drive: front, double anti-backlashing bevels
Crankshaft bearings: 9 plain, plain rods
Carburettor: 1
Ignition: Coil
Plugs per cylinder: 2

Gearbox:
Location: In rear axle, 3-speed and reverse
Gear change lever: Central

Rear Axle:
Normal Ratio: 15/54 = 3.6

Dimensions:
Wheelbase: 169.3in (4.3m)
Track: 63in (1.6m)
Weight (approx): 7000lb (3200kg)

Brakes:
Location and Type: 4 wheel, cable operated
Brake drum diameter: 455mm

Wheels:
Type: Cast alloy Roue Royale
Tyre size: original 6.75 x 36

Crossbreeding with Other Types:
Engine used on rail cars