Move over, Bugatti Royale! This long, lovely machine made an appearance at the Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance in 2007. As you can tell by the ribbon, it was well received. Seriously, pictures do not do this vehicle justice; you must stand next to it to appreciate both its mass and its beauty.
Just how rare are Buccialis? Well, Paul-Albert Bucciali built only six cars between 1926 and 1932. Of those six, only this one was sold! During its life, the car’s coach and chassis parted ways for a period of time. But thanks to the hard work of collector Raymond Jones, it has been restored to its original state — exactly how it was shown at the Paris Motor Show in 1932. On site, the ’32 TAV-12 is simply jaw-dropping. The proportions suggest an owner somewhere between Cruella de Vil and Charles de Gaulle. The contrast between the thin windscreen and the oversized wheels is beyond cartoonish, but it works. Power is provided by a Voisin V-12 engine, while the body comes from Saoutchik, a French coach-builder. The detailing is exquisite, employing such diverse materials as silver, bronze and gold-plated brass. And the black/burgundy color scheme hits just the right note. I have no clue what happened to the other five Buccialis, but at least we have this one shining example to appreciate.