Saturday 21 October 2017

When a young man started a Royale Coupe

The Bugati Royale Coupe Type 4
The Bugati Royale Coupe Type 4
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

I WOULDN'T normally do this but I was so bowled over when I saw this priceless Bugatti recently I thought I'd share a little bit about it with you.

It is a Bugatti Royale Coupe Type 4I. It was built in 1929 on the prototype chassis, which was designed for the Royale series.

Apart from looking sensational – we are talking 1929 here – the wondrous upholstery in the cabin (it was a chauffeur-driven motor) is worth the visit alone.

I came across it on an all-too-brief visit to a museum in Mulhouse, France. It was designed by Jean Bugatti when he was only 20 and was Ettore Bugatti's personal car.

It had eight cylinders and the capacity of the engine was 12,763cc (yes). It had a top speed of 200kmh.

If you are in the Alsace-Lorraine area of France, give this Schlumpf Collection at the National Automobile Museum in Mulhouse a morning or afternoon.

It is, rightly I think, claimed to be the world's most prestigious collection.

I think there are around 400 cars on exhibit with as many as 120 on reserve.

There are early, old and wonderful Bugattis (including the famous Coupe Napoleon Royale), Mercs, Maseratis, Renaults, Peugeots, Porsches, Ferraris, Rolls-Royces, Maybachs.

There's the 'first car' a Panhard-Levassor from 1894. Talk about a journey back in time . . . the cars are stunning.

Irish Independent

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