1933 Reinastella

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1933 Reinastella

1933 Reinastella

A huge, luxury car, the 7.1 straight eight Reinastella was built to compete with Rolls-Royce, Packard, LaSalle, Daimler and other blue-blood cars. The original version was 5.3 metres long and weighed 2.5 tons, and was good for 87mph.

The Reinastella became a popular symbol of wealth in France, examples of the car appearing in two of Herge’s Tintin stories. The high percentage of aluminium used in its construction meant that many were scrapped for the materials during WW2, making survivors a rare sight today.