When it appeared in 1931, the Bugatti Royale was touted as the world's best car. It was also the world's biggest and most expensive offering, measuring 235in (Cm) in length and powered by a massive 12,763cc (779ci) Straight Eight engine. The car was one of motoring's most spectacular failures. Designed for royalty, it proved to be so expensive that not even the stupidly rich could afford to own one, while the cable-operated brakes, incredibly vague steering, massive bulk and awkward gear linkage meant it was incredibly unpleasant to drive. Only six were built over two years, and although regarded as something of a lame duck in automotive terms, its rarity means it is highly collectable, with one example famously selling for $10 million at auction, making it once again the most expensive car in the world...
Bugatti Royale Specifications
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