Automobiles Ettore Bugatti is a French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, founded in 1909 in the then German city of Molsheim, Alsace by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti. Bugatti cars were known for their design beauty (Ettore Bugatti was from a family of artists and considered himself to be both an artist and constructor) and for their many race victories. Famous Bugattis include the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the Type 41 "Royale", the Type 57 "Atlantic", and the Type 55 sports car.
The death of Ettore Bugatti in 1947 proved to be the end for the marque, and the death of his son Jean Bugatti in 1939 ensured there was not a successor to lead the factory. No more than about 8000 cars were made. The company struggled financially, and released one last model in the 1950s, before eventually being purchased for its airplane parts business in the 1960s. In the 1990s, an Italian entrepreneur revived it as a builder of limited production exclusive sports cars. Today, the name is owned by German automobile manufacturing group Volkswagen. Its current model is the Bugatti Chiron. In 2018 and 2019, Bugatti released three one-offs: the Bugatti Divo, the La Voiture Noire, and the Centodieci. In 2020, Bugatti released the Chiron Noire, celebrating 250 out of 500 cars already built. In the same year, the ultimate track focused version of the Chiron, the Pur Sport, was released.
- On July 10, 2009, a 1925 Bugatti Brescia Type 22 which had lain at the bottom of Lake Maggiore on the border of Switzerland and Italy for 75 years was recovered from the lake. The Mullin Museum in Oxnard, California bought it at auction for $351,343 at Bonham's Retromobile sale in Paris in 2010.
|Veyron (16.4 • Grand Sport • Super Sport • Grand Sport Vitesse) • Chiron (Standard • Bolide • Chiron Sport • Chiron Super Sport 300+ • Centodieci • Divo • La Voiture Noire)|