Here Jean Bugatti is proudly photographed with his most beautiful creation.
This Royale is also known as the Royale 'Esders' Roadster but Jean Bugatti called it his 'Runabout'.
The car was especially designed for Dr. Armand Esders, a clothing manufacturer, who ordered a car without any headlights as this would impair the beautiful design. He had, as he said, no plans to drive after sunset anyhow.
|Engine:||12.8 litres monoblock 8-cylinder in line|
|2 sparkplugs per cylinder, 1 carburettor Bugatti type|
|Power:||260 bhp - 1700 rpm|
|Top speed:||160 km/h plus|
|Brakes:||mechanical - cable operated|
|Transmission:||3 forward, 1 reverse|
|Dimensions:||4.3 m !!! wheelbase, 1.6 m track|
The car is rebuild first without and later fitted with headlamps at the Musée Nationale de l'Automobile, Mulhouse, France.
The photographs were taken just before delivering to Mr. Esders.
Source: Art in Limited Edition bv