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Automobiles E. Bugatti was a French car manufacturer founded in 1909 in Molsheim, Alsace, as a manufacturer of high-performance automobiles by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti. Bugattis were well known for the beauty of their designs (Ettore Bugatti was from a family of artists and considered himself to be both an artist and constructor) and for the large number of races that they have won.
The death of Ettore Bugatti in 1947 proved to be the end for the marque, and the death of his son Jean in 1939 ensured there wasn’t 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. Today the name is owned by Volkswagen Group, who have revived it as a builder of limited production exclusive sports cars.
Bugatti Type 32
Bugatti Type 32, commonly called the Tank de Tours, was a streamlined racing car built in 1923. Four examples were made, each with a 2.0 L (1991 cc/121 in³) straight-8 engine based on that in the Type 30. “The Tank” finished third in the ACF Grand Prix that year.
This was the first Bugatti to be fitted with roller-bearing big ends in order to improve the bottom-end reliability (Bugatti was rather later than most manufacturers in the incorporation of a fully pressurised oil system, preferring a splash “spit and hope” delivery method). The Type 32 also broke new ground (for a racing Bug) by using a three-speed and reverse transaxle unit, the exceptionally short wheelbase and long straight-8 engine making a conventional gearbox difficult to accommodate. It also heralded an embrionic hydraulic front brake actuation. Bugatti Type 32
From 1927 to 1930, Bugatti produced the Type 44 as a mid-size car built to the same high standards as their race cars. Thus, it became the firm’s most common model with over 1100 examples sold. It was built around an inline-8 engine that was similar the Type 35′s with two engine blocks of four cylinders each. Displacing nearly three liters, it produced an ample 80 bhp which was flexible enough to propel any variety of aluminum or steel bodies. Furthermore, it was designed to run quietly and without vibration. As an example, the engine was balanced enough to reach 4,500 rpm.
Chassis details were similar to the other Bugatti models sold concurrently. Semi-elliptic leaf springs were used upfront with reversed quarter-elliptic springs were in the rear. Upgrades from the Type 38 included new shock absorbers, a wet multi-plate clutch and a DeWandre-Repusseau servo for the cable-operated brakes. Many of the French coachbuilders designed bodies for the Type 44 including Weymann, Kellner and James Young. After 1930, Bugatti upgraded the model to the Type 49 and offered the 5-litre Type 46 as a more luxurious model. Bugatti 44 Yesteryear Y-24
Automotive history has just been made as the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic has been sold by Gooding and Company to a buyer that no one would like to confirm. Of course, after a purchase price of $30-$40 million, we would think that the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, Ca. (according to a person familiar with the transaction) would be ecstatic to boast of the purchase of what is considered “the most desirable classic automobile in the world”.
Only four of the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic were made based on the “Aérolithe” concept car of 1935. The vehicle featured flowing coupe lines and a pronounced dorsal seam creating using Elektron and Duralumin for the body panels. Out of the four that were built, only two are still in existence today; the Williamson Bugatti which won the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and one that is in Ralph Lauren’s private collection.
The 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is now the most expensive car sold by a landslide. The closest amount behind the Bugatti is the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sold for $12.2 million in 2009 and the 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe sold for $8.7 million in 1987. Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupé
In 1950 Bugatti General Manager Pierre Marco introduced the Type 101. This new model was based on the pre-War Type 57 and was powered by a 3.3-liter dual overhead-camshaft inline eight-cylinder engine and fitted with a Cotal electrically-controlled gearbox. Several modifications were made to modernized the engine, include the replacement of the Stromberg carburetor with a downdraught Weber unit.
The coachwork was equally modern and elegant, suspended in place by a semi-independent front setup with a live rear axle. The bodies had a full-width streamlined envelope design with a Bugatti trademark ‘horseshoe’ radiator grille to its prewar design heritage. During the production lifespan of the Type 101, which lasted until the mid-1950s, only eight examples were produced. The vehicle’s Achille’s heal and perhaps the reason for the low production numbers was its engine displacement size, which left it in the ’17 Chevaux Vapeur’ fiscal horsepower class. Under postwar French regulations, this engine qualified for an annual tax.
In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Monterey auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $600,000 – $800,000. At auction, the lot was sold for the sum of $616,000, including buyer’s premium.
The Bugatti ID 90 concept was a 2-seat, mid-engine, all-wheel-drive supercar. The ID 90 was styled by Giugiaro from ItalDesign.The Bugatti ID 90 was ItalDesign’s proposal for the Bugatti EB 110 supercar which debuted in 1991.
The ID 90 and EB 110 share several similarities including a similar overall shape and many design elements.The styling of the Bugatti ID 90 was clean and purposeful with air intakes liberally positioned down the sides and alongside the rear windows to help feed and cool the massive engine sitting behind the 2-seat cockpit.
In the spring of 2002, the 1001 bhp Bugatti EB 16/4 Veyron, although exhibited as a design study, has already reached a degree of driveline and body development that is close to series production status. The first theoretical performance figures are also available: the new 16-cylinder sports car should reach a top speed of 252 mph and accelerate from 0 to 186 mph in under 14 seconds.
While the Bugatti name is essentially Italian, Carlo Bugatti (father of Ettore Buggati) left Milan for France in 1904, and the marque has since built its cars in Molsheim, France. Today, the Bugatti name is owned by Volkswagen, and the new Veyron supercar has also been styled by the Germans, yet despite this many of the die-hard Bugatti fans are still pleased with the car’s appearance.
The Bugatti behemoth is one very exotic proposition, both in terms of styling and performance. The twin intake snorkels mounted on the roof help funnel cool air to the mid-mounted engine, and while practical, they add a great deal of visual impact too. Volkswagen’s goal was to create the world’s fastest production vehicle, something that could be driven on the road smoothly or right-royally thrashed.
As such, one of the first hurdles the company faced, after developing a killer 16-cylinder engine, was to make sure it was aerodynamically sound. To be able to reach speeds of more than 400km/h and still provide linear handling characteristics, the Veyron’s body had to be sleek, but under the car and out of sight are the kind of ground effects more commonly seen on Formula One cars. The Bugatti Veyron costs roughly $750,000. Bugatti EB16-4 Veyron
In 2008 Bugatti company is released new car in response to strong customer demand for a roadster in the supercar class. What’s surprising is the removable glass roof and how the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport successfully combines the aesthetics of a convertible with the driving dynamics and safety of an enclosed car. With the roof on, the top speed is still 253 m.p.h. – with the roof open, the limit is 224 m.p.h. This makes it the world’s fastest convertible available on the market.
In comparison to other models, the most noticeable differences are its higher windshield, newly designed state-of-the-art LED headlights, new horseshoe-style wheels, new feature details, extended safety characteristics and the lightweight transparent polycarbonate roof. Each Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport is hand-built at the Bugatti headquarters in Molsheim (Alsace), France. The delivery of the first 150 vehicles was scheduled from March 2009. The first 40 cars were reserved exclusively for current Bugatti customers.
The idea was to provide maximum enjoyment without losing sight of safety and comfort and at the same time – to build the world’s fastest convertible car, to design a roadster that would join the boundless creativity of its designers and the superior skill of its engineers – without compromise on either side. Bugatti turned this idea into reality: the super sports car Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport combines state-of-the-art technology and the beauty of a convertible. Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
Bugatti’s existing customers asked the company to not only design their second model optically differently but to also create a version with a sportier and more extreme driving experience. The result is a car with a uniquely high performance of 1,200- hp (882 kW) offering experienced drivers a whole new dimension of excitement, with a maximum torque of 1,500 Newton metres and a limited top speed of 415 km/h (to protect the tyres) but, the technique of the Super Sport is identical to the record car. The first five Super Sports to come off the production line will constitute a special series of their own, with the same configuration as the land speed record car.
The Super Sport is a consequent of the further development of the classic exclusive 1,001-hp Bugatti Veyron 16.4, launched in 2005. This model offers a stunning set of specifications, such as the twin clutch gearbox with seven speeds, the extraordinarily precise driving performance in bends and excellent stability when braking and accelerating.
With a sleek sportiness that arguably only a European design can offer, the only major drawback to the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is its steep price tag ($2,000,000) and high maintenance cost (tires alone will set you back $25,000). Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse
Bugatti officially unveiled its beast of a vehicle in the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. The 16-cylinder monster was shown off at the recent Geneva Motor Show and now the automobile maker has released some official images and information.
This version of the Veyron has some crazy numbers attached to it such a motor that pumps out 1,200horsepower and a top speed of 255mph. With all of that, this car can be expected to hit 0 to 100km/h in about 2.6 seconds. The prices for the car range from 1.75 million to 1.91 million Euros depending on which package you opt for.