To celebrate the Goodwood Festival of Speed's 20th anniversary, Bugatti has arrived in style by showcasing a true icon, the 1932 Bugatti Type 41 Royale at the "Cartier, Style et Luxe" exhibition. This is one of the only 6 Royale that were ever built.
This majestic car has the chassis number 41111, body designed by Ettore Bugatti's son Jean and this was the first Royale to be delivered to a customer. A clothing manufacturer named Armand Esders bought the Royale in 1932 for about 700,000 Francs, a significant sum in those days.
Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti dreamt of building the most powerful and luxurious series-production vehicle the world had ever seen. The car featured an in-line 8 cylinder engine with an overhead camshaft, producing approximately 300 PS.
With a 190-litre tank and measuring almost 6.5m long, 4.3m across the wheelbase and weighing around 3 tonnes, the Royale was a majestic car for its time in terms of size, comfort, quality and elegance. And there is the famous radiator cap, featuring an elephant sculpture created by Ettore's brother, Rembrandt Bugatti. This elephant has since become a symbol for the timelessness of the Royale and has become synonymous with the Bugatti brand.