1930 Bugatti Royale Esders

1930 Bugatti Royale Esders

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The Bugatti Royale was one of the most opulent and uncompromising cars ever created.   The car itself was enormous, and could weigh up to 4 tons depending on the coachwork.  Its straight eight engine measured 784 cubic inches.  The chassis price was $30,000--a staggering amount of money at the time.

Bugatti stated that he would only sell the car to royalty, although this stipulation was relaxed as production commenced.  He did refuse to sell the car to King Zog of Albania, claiming that "the man's table manners are beyond belief!"

The Esders Bugatti Royale pictured had no headlights by request, as Armand Esders of Paris claimed that he never drove after dark.


The Art of the Automobile: The 100 Greatest Cars 
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  Writer and photographer Dennis Adler typically produces great books, and this is no exception.  Here he lists what he regards as 100 of the finest cars of all time.  I don't take these kinds of lists seriously, but for his book it's simply a springboard to highlight some beautiful cars that are too rarely seen, from the Mercedes Labourdette Skiff with Mahogany Body to the Alfa Romeo Bat 5 to the amazing Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic-Electron Coupe.  Stunning photography, with good image quality. 
Price:  $31.50
9 ½ x 11 ½, 256 pages, 200+ color illustrations, hardcover
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