1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Convertible

Summary

Longer than a Duesenberg. Twice the horsepower of a Rolls-Royce. More costly than both put together. The Bugatti Royale was the ultimate automobile, making its owners feel like kings. Not only did it do everything on a grander scale than the world's other great luxury cars, it was also rare. Bugatti built only six Royales, whereas there were 481 Model J Duesenbergs and 1767 Phantom II Rolls-Royces.

Longer than a Duesenberg. Twice the horsepower of a Rolls-Royce. More costly than both put together. The Bugatti Royale was the ultimate automobile, making its owners feel like kings. Not only did it do everything on a grander scale than the world's other great luxury cars, it was also rare. Bugatti built only six Royales, whereas there were 481 Model J Duesenbergs and 1767 Phantom II Rolls-Royces.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1931

Creators

Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. 

Weinberger, Ludwig 

Place of Creation

France, Molsheim 

Germany, Munich 

Creator Notes

Chassis built by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. in Molsheim, France; body built by Ludwig Weinberger in Munich, Germany.

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 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

58.86.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Charles and Esther Chayne.

Material

Metal
Chromium
Glass (Material)
Leather
Rubber (Material)
Wood (Plant material)

Color

White (Color)
Green
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 62.5 in

Width: 82.5 in

Length: 233 in

Wheelbase: 169 in

Inscriptions

Plates on sides of body: KAROSSERIE / LUDWIG WEINBERGER / MUNCHEN Below hood ornament; on engine block bottom 4 times: EB / BUGATTI Diamond shaped decal on front headlight: AGREE / AB-TP NO 247 / SCINTILLA / TYPE / 260/290 Plate on proper left top, back of engine block: ETTORE BUGATTI / MOLSHEIN BAS RHIN / CHASSIS NO 41121 / MOTEUR 73 C.V. / POIDS [BLANK] List of patents - plate on proper left middle, back of engine block: BREVETS ETTORE BUGATTI Side of passenger side door: EAC Side of driver side door: CAC On door mechanism inside door: BOMORO License plate: 54 * 842 / MICHIGAN 1931 On tires: MICHELIN 7.00 / 24 / 1.36X6.75 / COMFORT CORD S.S. / MADE IN FRANCE Metal tag inside engine area, below radiator: GARANTIE NO. 944007

Specifications

Make & Model: 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale convertible

Model year: 1931

Maker: Ettore Bugatti, Molsheim, France

Body maker: Weinberger, Munich, Germany

Engine: inline-8, overhead cam, 779 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Height: 62.5 inches

Width: 82.5 inches

Overall Length: 233 inches

Wheelbase: 169 inches

Weight: 7035 pounds

Horsepower: 300

Pounds per horsepower: 23.5

Price: $43,000

Average 1931 wage: $1,388/year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 31 years

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