Royale readied for Stuttgart unveiling
STUTTGART, GERMANY, 17-20 MARCH
A Bugatti Royale damaged in World War II and rebuilt using 3D scanning techniques is being unveiled at Stuttgart’s Retro Classics show on 17-20 March.
The 1926 car originally had a sleek roadster body without any headlights – specified by its first owner Armand Esders, who never drove at night.
Seven years later it was given a more conventional body that it’s worn ever since, but the roadster body was destroyed during WWII bombings. It’s now being unveiled in its original specification following a six-year rebuild, where scale models and computer aided design were used to make it as accurate as possible.
It’s being joined at Stuttgart’s Messe exhibition centre by one of only 12 GM Futurliner concept vehicles, used during the Detroit manufacturer’s Parade of Progress roadshow across the US in 1956. Chassis number nine – one of only seven survivors – is making its show debut at the 17-20 March event.
‘It would be hard to find any two more different types of vehicle than the Bugatti Royale ‘Esders’ and the GM ‘Futurliner’,’ the show’s spokesman says. But what unites them is that they were both ahead of their time and are today among the most unusual vintage collectors’ items around.’