This is the fourth special Veyron in the Les Légendes de Bugatti six-episode series, the Bugatti Veyron Rembrandt Bugatti. Like the previous three, it honours the important people in the company’s history.
Rembrandt Bugatti is the brother of company founder Ettore and one of the most important sculptors of the early 20th century. He became famous through his animal sculptures, and cast a large part of his work in bronze. The pieces are now on display in various collections and museums across the world.
One of his most significant works is the sculpture of a dancing elephant. It decorates the radiator of the Bugatti Type 41 Royale and became the brand’s symbol. The First World War drove Rembrandt Bugatti to take his life in Paris in 1916. He was just 31 years old.
“Rembrandt Bugatti was an exceptional sculptor. He represents the strong artistic roots of the Bugatti family, as did his father, Carlo,” said Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, president of Bugatti.
The Rembrandt Bugatti is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. Its 8.0 litre W16 engine achieves an astounding 1,200 PS and 1,500 Nm of torque, enough to push the car from 0-100 km/h in 2.6 seconds. With a max speed of 408.84 km/h with the roof down, the Vitesse is the fastest production roadster ever built.
The body of the Rembrandt is largely composed of bronze-coloured clear-coated carbon as a gesture to the the man’s favoured material. The car’s lower half is painted in “Noix” light brown, the Bugatti horseshoe and EB rear logo gleam in platinum, while the wheels are painted in dark “Firefinch” and “Noix” browns. Rembrandt’s signature has been lasered onto the petrol and oil caps.
Inside, the Vitesse is completely upholstered with leather in light “Cognac” brown. The rear centre box between the seats is decorated with Rembrandt’s famous elephant sculpture, cast in bronze of course. The door trim is lined with braided leather in the softly contrasting colours of “Cognac” and “Coffee”.
Other interior details specific to this Legends Vitesse are the insert of bronze-coloured clear-coated carbon on the extended centre console with the lettering Les Légendes de Bugatti and Rembrandt Bugatti’s elephant, and the door sill plates displaying the sculptor’s portrait and signature.
The 2.18 million euro (nett price, RM9.95 million) Rembrandt Bugatti comes after the Jean-Pierre Wimille, Jean Bugatti and Meo Costantini special editions. All nine examples of the three Legends (three each) have found buyers. The three Rembrandts should easily follow suit.