Royale read­ied for Stuttgart un­veil­ing

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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.’

www.retro-clas­sics.de

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