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From soup to the Schlumpf collection
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The Bugatti "Royale" Type 41 was 19 ft long (6 m) and equipped with an in-line 3.17 gal (12 L) eight-cylinders engine. It delivered such torque that only one gear was necessary to go from idle to a 93 mph (150 km/h) cruising speed. The third "Royale" marketed was sold to a British reserve officer who became rich selling canned soup. This limousine was bodied in England by Park Ward, which gave the car a sober black livery. In the 1950s, it became the property of a wealthy American Bugatti collector, who sold it with a batch of thirty other Bugattis to the Schlumpf brothers. It is now on display at the Cité de l'Automobile in Mulhouse.
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