Years ago, the Cleveland Museum of Art hosted a very unique exhibit that featured the artwork of the Bugatti family. To most people, typically the word ‘Bugatti’ associates to the gorgeous cars that wear the badge.
But the exhibition was devoted to much more. It compiled the artwork of three generations of the Bugatti family. The exhibition showcased furniture and silver designed by Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) and the animal sculpture of his son Rembrandt (1884-1916). But the exhibit of course featured cars - the automobiles designed by another son, Ettore Bugatti (1881-1947) and Ettore's son, Jean (1909-39). This just illustrates that, to the Bugatti family, cars were more than just machinery. They were essentially functional artwork. This insight into the artistic nature of the Bugatti family might help better explain why, of the 6 Bugatti Royales built, no two were the same. Each was it's own piece of art.
The Type 57, perhaps one of the better known Bugatti models, was no different.