Back in the late 1920s, Bugatti had its sights set on becoming the most prestigious automaker in the world. Ettore Bugatti had a plan to create the most luxurious automobile anybody had ever seen and sell it to royal families.
The car would be called the Type 41, or the Royale, and it would be enormous enough to hold a massive 12.7-liter engine (it was originally a 15-liter engine meant for an aircraft in the prototype).
However, because the car was so extravagant, the price tag was equally outrageous, reportedly landing at $30,000 for the basic chassis. But Ettore was trying to sell these things right in the middle of the Great Depression, and not a single member of royalty ended up buying one.
Because of this, only six production models were built: the Coupé Napoleon, the Coupé de ville Binder, the Cabriolet Weinberger, the Limousine Park-Ward, the Berline de Voyage, and the Kellner.
Due to the the rarity of the vehicles, the absolutely stunning size, and the fact that Ettore actually owned one of them himself, these cars are highly sought after and seldom seen in public.
That’s why it’s so special that three of them (Napoleon, Limo, and Roadster) will congregate in one place in Paris at the 40th anniversary of Salon Retromobile from Feb. 4-8 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. The Bugattis will be coming from Cite de l’Automobile in Mulhouse.
Also on display will be the treasure trove of amazing cars from Roger Baillon’s collection that were discovered about two months ago. If you’re anywhere near this location, GO. It’s going to be one hell of a show.