Born in Milano, Italy, 1881, Ettore was the son of Carlo Bugatti who not only worked as a painter but also as a silversmith, sculptor and woodworker. By the age of nineteen, Ettore Bugatti had just completed building his first real car. He nailed it. His automobile seemed almost futuristic. The auto featured a four speed gearbox, a four-cylinder overhead-valve engine and a variety of engineering improvements that only a gifted builder could have come up with.

In 1909, receiving financial support from banker de Vizcaya, Ettore Bugatti purchased a large property in Molsheim, on the German territory of Alsace. Soon after his newly acquired factory, Ettore decided to go a step further and built a small, lightweight racing machine to compete in the Le Mans race.

Although it looked like a four wheeled dwarf as compared to its giant competitors’ cars such as a Fiat, De Dietrich and others, the little but swift and powerful automobile came in second proving that Ettore was a more talented car designer as compared to many of the older engineers at the time. The year was 1911.

Three years later, the war came and Ettore, much like the majority of car builders, had to redistribute his attention to the much needed aircraft engines. As soon as the war was over, Ettore resumed his work and soon became a ‘baron’ leading a baroque lifestyle that earned him the title of ‘Le Patron’.

In 1922, Bugatti introduced a revolutionary car shaped like a cigar (Type 29/30) which featured hydraulic brakes and the manufacturer’s first eight-cylinder engine.

Bugatti-logoDubbed “the Cigar” the car made its debut at the AFC grand prix in 1922 and took second place. One year later, Bugatti introduced the Type 32 which caused sensation due to its wing-like design, short wheelbase and covered wheels. The Type 32 was dubbed “the Tank” and boasted a redeveloped version of the previous 8-cylinder engine.

In 1924 Bugatti entered the Type 35 in the French Grand Prix held in Lyon. While the car’s design turned to its time’s traditional open-wheels design, the Type 35 retained the previous 8-cylinder engine and steadily became the car to beat for the next decade.

Most people know Bugatti as a car company because of their awesome Bugatti Veyron. With a 16-cylinder quad-turbo engine, it blew the doors off every top speed record known.

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2006 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron
2009 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Bleu Centenaire
2009 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Centenaire Edition
2001 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Concept
2008 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Fbg par Hermès
2009 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport
2009 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport ‘Sang Bleu’
2009 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport ‘Soleil de Nuit’
2012 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
2014 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Black Bess’
2014 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Ettore Bugatti’
2013 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Jean Bugatti’
2013 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Jean-Pierre Wimille’
2015 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘La Finale’
2013 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Meo Costantini’
2014 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Rembrandt Bugatti’
2013 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse WRC Edition
2012 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Grand Sport ‘Wei Long 2012’
2011 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron ‘L’Or Blanc’
2010 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron ‘Nocturne’
2002 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Preproduction
2007 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Pur Sang
2009 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron ‘Sang d’Argent’
2008 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Sang Noir
2010 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Super Sport
2012 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron Venet
1999 Bugatti 18/3 Chiron
2000 Bugatti 18/4 Veyron Concept
1991 Bugatti EB110 GT
1992 Bugatti EB110 SS
1993 Bugatti EB112
1998 Bugatti EB118
1999 Bugatti EB218
2009 Bugatti Galibier 16C
1937 Bugatti Holder
1990 Bugatti ID 90
1951 Bugatti Type 101
1951 Bugatti Type 101 C Antem Coupé
1956 Bugatti Type 101 C Ghia Roadster
1908 Bugatti Type 10 Petit Pur-Sang
1921 Bugatti Type 13
1913 Bugatti Type 15
1912 Bugatti Type 16
1913 Bugatti Type 18 ‘Black Bess’
1911 Bugatti Type 19 Bebe Concept
1924 Bugatti Type 23 Brescia
1914 Bugatti Type 23 Torpedo
1955 Bugatti Type 251
1957 Bugatti Type 252
1921 Bugatti Type 28 Torpedo Concept
1922 Bugatti Type 29/30
1922 Bugatti Type 29/30 Indianapolis
1925 Bugatti Type 30 Torpedo
1923 Bugatti Type 32 Tank
1925 Bugatti Type 35
1926 Bugatti Type 35A
1928 Bugatti Type 35A Grand Sport
1927 Bugatti Type 35B
1929 Bugatti Type 35C
1926 Bugatti Type 37
1927 Bugatti Type 37A
1931 Bugatti Type 37A Hanni Roadster
1926 Bugatti Type 38
1928 Bugatti Type 38A
1926 Bugatti Type 38 Gaston Grummer Roadster
1925 Bugatti Type 39 Grand Prix
1926 Bugatti Type 40
1930 Bugatti Type 41 Royale
1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport
1927 Bugatti Type 44
1930 Bugatti Type 45 Bi Motor
1929 Bugatti Type 46
1931 Bugatti Type 46 Coupé Profilée
1934 Bugatti Type 46S
1934 Bugatti Type 49
1932 Bugatti Type 50
1932 Bugatti Type 50 Coupé Semi-Profilée
1935 Bugatti Type 50T
1932 Bugatti Type 51
1933 Bugatti Type 51A
1931 Bugatti Type 51 Dubos Coupé
1932 Bugatti Type 53
1931 Bugatti Type 54
1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster
1934 Bugatti Type 57
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Aérolithe
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Aravis
1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante
1935 Bugatti Type 57C
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Coupé Aerodynamique
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier
1935 Bugatti Type 57 Grand Raid
1936 Bugatti Type 57G Tank
1935 Bugatti Type 57S
1936 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante
1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
1935 Bugatti Type 57S Prototype
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio
1939 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
1939 Bugatti Type 59/50B
1936 Bugatti Type 59/57 ‘Grand-Mère’
1939 Bugatti Type 64 Coupe
1944 Bugatti Type 73C
2015 Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo


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