Bugatti Picture Sheet 3
The fabulous Royale
The Royale was introduced in 1927, with the last built in 1933. Some of the 6 chassis built were rebodied, giving rise to a greater uncertainty about the total number of chassis made. One chassisnumber may have been used twice, giving a total of 7 chassis built by the factory.
The Schlumpf brothers of the Mulhouse Museum made a copy of one Royale, with the Esders Roadster body. In England a copy of the coupe Napoleon had been built, and probably more are being built at the moment, what type of body is still unknown. Clarence Johnson in the USA has begun making a twin-engined Royale, an original Ettore Bugatti design for a record-breaking car. What the status of this project is, is unknown.
T41 Prototype Ettore at the wheel of the first Royale. Note that the sides of the car are "closed".
T41 Fiacre 20 kB
T41 Weinberger Cabriolet 22 kB
T41 Weinberger Cabriolet 68 kB, Car is at the Henry Ford Museum
T41 Coupe Napoleon 12 kB, The most famous of all Jean Bugatti designs Car is at the Musee National de l'Automobile, Mulhouse, France
T41 Royale, coupe de ville Napoleon 109 kB, description photo: Bolko Rawicz
T41 Royale Esders B&W, Various original photographs
T41 Royale Binder 45 kB, Coupe de Ville by Binder, Photo: Doug Herrman
T41 Royale Binder 49 kB, Coupe de Ville by Binder Thanks Jacob!
T41 Royale Park Ward 60 kB, Limousine by Park Ward Car is at the Musee National de l'Automobile, Mulhouse, France
T41 Royale Esders 160 kB, Roadster by Jean Bugatti for Paris Doctor Armand Esders, Who never drove at night, therefore needed no headlamps. Rebuild by the Schlumpf Collection, photo: Bolko Rawicz, description
T41 Royale Esders 119 kB, back view, photo: Bolko Rawicz
T41 Royale Esders 109 kB, Radiator view, Car is at the Musee National de l'Automobile, Mulhouse, France , photo: Bolko Rawicz
T41 Royale Esders 20 kB, Photo: Lars Munkhammar
T41 Royale Esders 38 kB, Back view at the Schlumpf museum, France, photo Walter van der Heijden
T41 Royale Esders 50 kB, Front view at the Schlumpf museum, France, photo Walter van der Heijden
Note that the car is now fitted with headlights, contrary to earlier photo's taken of the same car, and contrary to the original!
T41 Coupe Napoleon Recreation 17 kB, description Car is at the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Museum, but will be sold
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