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World-renowned for its unparalleled portfolio of automotive masterpieces, along with an unmatched racing record, the illustrious Bugatti marque has long been synonymous with extravagant opulence, inimitable artistry and unrivaled power.
Read on to explore some of the most revolutionary designs developed throughout Bugatti’s 110-year history; vehicles which are today numbered amongst the most valuable classics in the world and crafted from founder Ettore Bugatti’s philosophy that “Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive.”
Bugatti develops the Type 10, which was shortly after modified as the Type 13 and entered in several races by Bugatti’s longstanding assistant Ernest Friederich.
The Type 18 – nicknamed Black Bess – is introduced, being one of the first street-legal race cars with a top speed of 100 mph; one of the fastest in the world at the time.
Bugatti unveils the Type 29 with a revolutionary design reminiscent of a cigar. The Type 29 took second place that year at the Strasbourg Grand Prix. That same year, the Type 30 was unveiled as Bugatti’s first touring car.
The Type 32 arrives, aptly dubbed The Tank, featuring a unique body shell with a wing-shaped cross-section. Overall, it was not a successful racing car, however, it did take third place in the 1923 French Grand Prix.
Production begins on the famed Bugatti Type 35 with innovations such as the now iconic horseshoe shaped radiator grille and spoked aluminum wheels. The Type 35 became the most successful racing car of all time securing over 2,000 victories in a period of less than 10 years.
The legendary Type 41 Royale is introduced as one of the most extravagant and most expensive vehicles at the time.
The Type 57 is unveiled, offering for the first time five different body styles including convertible and coupe versions. Two years later, Jean Bugatti introduces what is considered his ‘crowning achievement,’ the Type 57S Atlantic. Jean’s upgraded model sported an avant-garde fastback body, a significantly lower ground clearance and reached a top speed of 200km/h. Only four were produced, three of which are accounted for.
The EB 110 is unveiled on 15 September to mark Ettore Bugatti’s 110th birthday; boasting a quad-turbocharged V12 engine and the world’s first carbon fiber chassis.1998Newly branded Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. debuts its first concept vehicle, the EB 118, at the Paris Auto Show in October. Three more concept cars are introduced the following year; the EB 218, EB 18/3 Chiron and EB 18/4 Veyron.
Bugatti begins series production of the Veyron 16.4, a modified version of the EB 18/3; followed by the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport (2008), Super Sport (2010) and Grand Sport Vitesse (2012).
Bugatti presents the world’s first production car with 1,500hp, the Chiron, named after renowned Bugatti driver Louis Chiron who took first place in the 1931 Monaco Grand Prix.
Bugatti unveils the Divo; an agile and dynamic one-off model that stems from their philosophy ‘form follows performance’ with an uncompromising pursuit of the utmost aerodynamic efficiency. Only 40 units were produced.
Bugatti teams up with LEGO® to produce the Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron kit. Later that year, the company revealed a drivable full-size version of the Lego Technic Chiron, using more than one million Lego pieces.
Bugatti unveils the Chiron Sport ‘110 ans Bugatti’ at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, to celebrate its incomparable 110-year-long history while paying tribute to France with the country’s flag adorning different elements of the car.
Paying homage to the fourth all-black 57 SC Atlantic designed by Ettore’s eldest son Jean, missing since the Second World War, Bugatti presents the La Voiture Noire. Only one model was built and sold for an incredible €16.7 million, or $18.9 million; making it the most expensive new car ever built!
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