This is the sixth and last car in the Les Légendes de Bugatti (Bugatti legends) series, the Bugatti Veyron Ettore Bugatti. It honors Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti, founder and patron of the brand, and is based on the historical Type 41 Royale. As with the five Legends before this, only three units will be produced, at €2.35 million (RM10.1 million) nett each.
“Ettore Bugatti always strived for the creation of a total work of art. His ideas and vehicles set the foundation stone for an automobile brand that was lauded then and now as the most valuable in the world. Ettore Bugatti himself is a legend. It was clear from the start that we should dedicate the final Legends model to him personally,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, president of Bugatti.
Ettore Bugatti was one of the most important figures of the automotive world in the 20th century. He combined his family’s rich artistic heritage with his technological ideas and succeeded in creating the foundation for a design language that shaped the brand for years to come. The brand’s values of Art, Forme, Technique define this unique approach. Two of the best known cars from the era are the Type 57 SC Atlantic and the Type 41 Royale.
The design is based on a 1932 Type 41 Royale with the chassis number 41111 and sports a “yin-yang” colour split. The front part is made of hand-polished aluminium and finished with a clear coating. The vehicle’s rear, sill panels and A-pillar trim are finished with dark-blue exposed carbon.
The polished, diamond-cut wheels were specially developed for this car, while the Bugatti horseshoe and EB rear logo shine out in platinum. The signature of Ettore Bugatti is engraved into the tank and oil cap, and painted in silver.
Inside, Bugatti is using two types of leather for the first time. Traditional calf’s leather – here in natural Brun Cavalier brown – is used throughout the cabin.
Parts that are frequently touched by hand including the steering wheel, gear lever, door handles, centre console armrest and door handle recesses are wrapped in exclusive Cordovan leather. Bugatti is using this skilfully created leather (the tanning process alone takes around six months) for the first time.
The exterior’s blue exposed carbon is present again in the cabin, such as on the door trim and cover of the rear centre box, complemented by the seats’ dark-blue seams. You won’t miss the platinum-coated dancing elephant on the cover of the rear centre box. Originally sculpted by Ettore’s brother, Rembrandt, it’s reminiscent of the hood ornament of the Type 41 Royale.
Other regular Legends features have also been included, namely the leather-clad insert in the centre console extension which bears the Les Légendes de Bugatti nameplate as well as the door sills bearing the portrait and signature of Ettore Bugatti.
Based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, the Legends (Black Bess, Rembrandt Bugatti, Jean-Pierre Wimille, Jean Bugatti and Meo Costantini were the five before this) are powered by a 1,200 PS/1,500 Nm 8.0 litre 16-cylinder engine. With a 0 to 100 km/h time of 2.6 seconds and 408.84 km/h top speed with the roof down, the Vitesse is the world’s fastest production roadster.
As mentioned, RM10.1 million (before Malaysian taxes) is all it takes to own this masterpiece.