These 5 straight-eight prewar dream machines are open to the elements

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Inline-eight automotive engines are a technology of the past. Today, they’re seen as too difficult to package thanks to their length, but they had a good run. For decades, the smooth power delivery of eight cylinders in a row was a status symbol, appearing in luxury marques and eventually trickling down into more mainstream brands. Poring over the upcoming auctions from RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams, and Mecum, as we prepare for the upcoming Amelia Island Concours and Mecum Indy festivities, it’s easy to see where and how the straight-eight shined. No doubt the I-8’s rich sound is best appreciated from behind the wheel, without a roof overhead. Here are five examples that pair the smooth luxury engine layout with gorgeous droptop lines.

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How One Engineer Landed a Dream Job of Developing Cars for Bugatti

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Meet Sven Bohnhorst, the luckiest man in the world. Why, you ask? Because he gets paid to drive Bugattis around racetracks. Afterwards, he makes changes to the Bugatti and drives it again to see whether he likes it or not. Bohnhorst is a chassis setup engineer at Bugatti, and he does things like tune the steering on cars like the upcoming Chiron Pur Sport. The car that Bugatti limited sales to 60 at a price of 3,000,000 euros, which is about $3,400,000, is his development mule.

Intrigued and curious how Bohnhorst managed to get this position, we asked him how he got the job, what makes the Pur Sport stand out from the standard Chiron and much more.

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Sven Bohnhorst: I started at Bugatti as a trainee, then continued as a working student and

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