Bugatti was all over the place come the end of the 1920s, producing a mish-mash of exotic and massively expensive motor cars. The ludicrously huge 12,763cc Type 41, known as the Royale, was a flop: Ettore Bugatti managed to shift only three examples to buyers who had sufficient ego. Tellingly, royalty and heads of state politely demurred.
Yet the superb 2.3-liter straight-eight Type 43 Grand Sport introduced in 1927 sold 158 examples, and the much more successful Type 44 saw about 1000 chassis constructed, many sent to coachbuilders for formal coachwork. Then there was the pair of Type 45/47 prototypes with their U16 engines
Published Dec 7th, 2015
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