Throwback Thursday: SEMA 2013, the Prince of Persia

نشرت: 14 أغسطس 2014


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SEMA is arguably the worlds largest automotive trade exhibition, and is a fantastic opportunity for car builders and manufactures alike to show off their best wares. With SEMA application emails doing the rounds, it seems only right to reminisce about 2013’s event.

Last year the jewel in the crown of the Meguiar’s stand was this 1939 Bugatti Type 57C, a super-rare coach build produced between 1934-1940. The exterior has been hand formed by master coachbuilders Vanvooren of Paris and was originally supplied to the Prince of Persia!


Mohammed Reza Pahlavi (the Prince of Persia and future Shah of Iran) received this unique supercharged Bugatti as a gift from the French government on his first wedding.

Vanvooren of Paris constructed the dramatic body in the style of Figoni & Falaschi, one of the most progressive coachbuilders of the day.


Features including fully skirted fenders, a top that conceals beneath the metal panel and a windshield that can be lowered into the cowl by means of a hand crank under the dash.

It’s one of the most dramatic shapes we’ve ever seen and really is a thing of beauty!

We’re excited to see what this year’s event has in store, and watch out for Meguiar’s coverage of the event on the blog.

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