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Engines Exposed: 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Convertible

February 13, 2015 Think THF, Archive Insight


1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale

Inline 8-cylinder engine, single overhead camshaft, 779 cubic inches displacement, 300 horsepower.


From its length, one might expect more than 8 cylinders under the Bugatti’s hood. But each of those cylinders displaces more than the whole of a Volkswagen Beetle’s power plant. Four air cleaners stand over the engine, fitted to the four carburetors installed by Charles Chayne after World War II. Two spark plugs protrude from each cylinder. The steering box sits just behind the right fender, in keeping with the car’s right-hand drive layout.

Matt Anderson is Curator of Transportation at The Henry Ford.

20th century, 1930s, luxury cars, Henry Ford Museum, events, Engines Exposed, Driving America, convertibles, cars, by Matt Anderson

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