Bugatti has revealed the final car in its six-line ‘Legends’ series of Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse models – and fittingly, it’s been created to honour the boss: meet the Bugatti Ettore Bugatti.
As with the other ‘Les Legendes de Bugatti’ cars, it’s strictly limited to just three models, each costing €2.35 million, sans tax (so, a cool £2.25 million in UK sterling) and will be showcased at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 15 August.
Based on the Type 41 Royale (considered one of the most iconic cars in the world), the Legend Ettore Bugatti boasts a hand-polished aluminium front end, covered with a clear coating to keep it shiny. The Ettore Bugatti is the only car in the world to be finished like this. It’s complemented by dark blue exposed carbon fibre at the rear.
Ettore Bugatti created an eight-spoke wheel for racing cars and this has been honoured with the Legend’s massive diamond-cut blue-finished alloys; meanwhile, polished platinum has been used in the Bugatti grille and rear EB logo. Yes, platinum.
A very 1920s brown leather colourscheme features inside and there’s yet more platinum too – this time for the dancing elephant logo on the rear centre box, which honours the hood badge of the Type 41 Royale. Ettore’s brother created this. Ettore’s brother was Rembrant. But not that Rembrant.
A suitable way to honour the Type 41 Royale? In 1926, that amazing car really was the world’s finest, most expensive and most extravagant car ever: we’re talking 300hp 12.7-litre engine, three-tonne weight, 6.5-metre length and a wheelbase longer than a family hatchback. No wonder he only sold six of the 25-strong production run.
All still exist, though. Which means the Ettore Bugatti Bugatti Legend will be twice as exclusive as the Type 41 Royale…