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Bugatti is one of the fastest marques of automobile and one of the most exclusive car producers of all time. The company is legendary for producing a few of the fastest sports cars in the world. Like many high-end marques, the original Bugatti failed with the coming of World War II, but the name has been resurrected twice, most recently under the Volkswagen Group, for this, see Bugatti Automobiles SAS

Under Ettore Bugatti

 

Founder Ettore Bugatti was born in Italy, and the automobile company that bears his name was founded in Molsheim, a town in the Alsace region, which was then a part of the German Empire (Alsace became a province under Frederick I and changed hands between France and Germany many times. Alsace was ceded to France in 1918 under the Treaty of Versailles). The company was known for the advanced engineering in its premium road cars and its success in early Grand Prix motor racing, winning the first ever Monaco Grand Prix. The company's success culminated with driver Jean-Pierre Wimille winning the 24 hours of Le Mans twice (in 1937 with Robert Benoist and 1939 with Pierre Veyron).

Design

 

Bugatti's cars were as much works of art as they were mechanical creations, with hand turned finishes on the engine blocks, and safety wires threaded through almost every fastener in intricately laced patterns. He regarded his arch competitor Bentley's cars as "the world's fastest trucks" for focusing on durability. According to Bugatti, weight was the enemy. Bugatti’s inspiring creations attracted many people from other fields of interest; like Arlen Ness who created a motorcycle, called “Smooth-Ness”, with the Bugatti style. He was inspired by the smoothness of a bronze casting of a Bugatti automobile. Bugatti's disdain for his customers is as legendary as his devotion to his creations; in one probably apocryphal incident, upon greeting an unhappy customer returning to the factory with "What, you again?", he replied to the subsequent tale of automotive mechanical woe with "Well, see that it does not happen again!" and strode away.

Models

 

1938 Type 57SC Atlantic from the Ralph Lauren collection 1933 Type 59 Grand Prix racer from the Ralph Lauren collection Jean Bugatti and his 1932 "Royale"Only a few examples of each of Ettore Bugatti's vehicles were ever produced, the most famous being the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the "Royale", the Type 57 "Atlantic" and the Type 55 sports car. Throughout the production run of approximately 7,900 cars (of which about 2,000 still exist), each Bugatti model was designated with the prefix T for Type, which referred to the chassis and drive train.

Prototypes

 

1900–1901 Type 2 

1903 Type 5

1908 Type 10

1925 Type 36

1929–1930 Type 45/47 Type 56(electric car)

1939 Type 64 (coupe)

1943/1947 Type 73C

Racing cars

 

1910–1914 Type 13/Type 15/17/22

1922–1926 Type 29 1923 Type 32 "Tank" 1924-1930 Type 35/35A/35B/35T/35C/37/39

1927-1930 Type 52 (electric racer for children)

1936–1939 Type 57G "Tank"

1937–1939 Type 50B

1931–1936 Type 53

1931–1936 Type 51/51A/54GP/59

1955–1956 Type 251

Road cars

 

1912–1914 Type 18 "Garros"

1913–1914 Type 23/Brescia Tourer (roadster)

1922–1934 Type 30/38/40/43/44/49 (touring car)

1927–1933 Type 41 "Royale" (limousine) 1929–1939 Type 46/50/50T (touring car) 1932–1935 Type 55 (roadster)

1934–1940 Type 57/57S/Type 57SC (touring car) During the war Bugatti worked at Levallois, Paris on several new projects,These included the Type 73 road car,The T73C single seater racing car [5 were assembled]Also the T75 you you boat motor, After World War II, a 375 cc supercharged car was canceled when Ettore died.

1951-1956 Type 101 (coupe)

1957-62 Type 252 2 seater sports convertible

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The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is currently the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive street-legal full production car in the world, with in excess of 1001 horsepower, in either the metric or SAE scale (see below), though several faster or more expensive street-legal vehicles have been produced on a limited basis (though not full production), such as the Hennessey Venom 1000TT which has a claimed (and unproven) top speed of 255mph. The Bugatti Veyron reached full production in September 2005. The car is built by Volkswagen AG subsidiary Bugatti Automobiles SAS in its Molsheim (Alsace, France) factory and is sold under the French Bugatti marque. It is named after French racing driver Pierre Veyron, who won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1939 while racing for the original Bugatti firm.