Nowadays Bugatti is well-known for its Veyron (in production since 2005). But many have forgotten its rich history, which started out in 1909! At Techno Classica Bugatti showed three of its most significant cars: the Type 41 Royale, the EB 110 Super Sport and the Veyron.
The EB initials refer to Bugatti’s founder Ettore Bugatti, who started the French car manufacturer in 1909. In the 1920s and 1930s Bugatti was also very successful in racing. The death of Ettore in 1947 basically meant the end of the illustrious marque. The financial problems in the 1950s resulted in it being purchased for its airplane business in the 1960s.
In the 1991 Romano Artioli revived the brand with the EB 110, but the car never met (sales) expectations, mainly due to the worldwide economic recession. And Bugatti once again faded away.
Until in 1998 Volkswagen bought all rights and introduced the Veyron in 2005. The Veyron is the world’s fastest street legal production car (top speed of 431.072 km/h, 267.856 mph). While its sibling, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, holds the title for fastest roadster in the world with a top speed of 408.84 km/h (254.04 mph).
In 2015 the last Veyron (#450) a Grand Sport Vitesse, appropriately named “La Finale”, was sold. Its successor will be introduced in 2016. Although the model is unsure (sports car or limousine), it has been rumoured that it will not be faster than the current Veyron.
A 1993 EB 110 Super Sport (EB 110 SS), one of 30. Of its predecessor, the EB 110 GT, 105 were built. In the GT four turbos pushed the 3.5 litre V12 to 560 hp. The Super Sport even produced 612 hp, only taking 3.2 seconds to reach 0-100 km/h (96 mph) and a top speed of 348 km/h (216 mph).