This Bucciali TAV (Traction Avant) 'Fleche d'Or' (Golden Arrow), manufactured by the French brothers Albert and Angelo 'Buc' Bucciali, was a car far ahead of its time. Albert was a piano and organ constructor and a very talented fighter pilot.
In their factory in Courbevoie the brothers, together with mechanical engineer Joseph Ksandr, started modifying road and racing cars from other manufacturers. Albert and Angelo became avid racers and the Buc name was soon after well established in the local racing scene. After producing some sporty cycle cars and compact road cars under the "Buc" brand name the brothers became fascinated by the low and sleek American front wheel drive cars of the mid 1920s. Front wheel drive technology was still experimental in those days and there were a number of difficulties yet to solve before front wheel drive cars could be presented for regular use. The Bucciali brothers decided to concentrate completely on developing a new chassis and drive system for front wheel driven cars.
In 1926 they presented the first two prototypes, fitted with a 4 and a 6-cylinder SCAP engine. These cars featured remarkably advanced technological solutions, complemented by elegant and luxurious bodies. In 1928 their cars were officially named Bucciali.
Because of the lack of a longitudinal drive shaft it was possible to fit the cars with very low bodies. A small number of them were fitted with very tasteful styled bodies by Saoutchik, set off by a large flying stork symbol on each side of the bonnet. This stork was the same as the one painted on the fuselage of Albert's SPAD XIII fighter plane.
The brothers never cared much about making money and the constant development of new technology rapidly depleted their funds. In 1932 a last new Bucciali model was shown, fitted with a V12 engine from Voisin and a striking 4-door sedan body by Saoutchik, which you see here. After that the Bucciali name disappeared from the car scene. While it is not exactly known how many of the Bucciali TAV models were produced, only two are known to still exist.
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