Legendary black beauty from Bugatti
As a way of honouring important personalities from the company’s stellar history, Bugatti last year launched its “Les Légendes” edition, comprising six superlative models. The Legends vehicles are based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, the world's fastest production roadster, and only three are being produced for each model – with a price tag of over €2 million per supercar.
“These are automotive works of art, which each tell a part of Bugatti’s history,” says Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “After a very successful year in 2013, more than 90 per cent of the 450 planned Veyrons have been sold. Our existing and potential customers know that the opportunity to purchase one of these exceptional super sports cars is running out.”
In fact, for most it has run out. The first four models (12 cars in total) have already been sold, and the fifth and penultimate model was premiered at the Auto China show in Beijing at the end of April – and is likely to quickly follow suit.
Bugatti launched the “Les Légendes de Bugatti” edition in 2013, with the presentation in Pebble Beach (California) of the Jean-Pierre Wimille, named after the marque’s two-time Le Mans winner. The second Legend model followed at the IAA in Frankfurt, the Jean Bugatti, dedicated to the design genius and son of company founder Ettore; the third was named after Meo Costantini, head of the Bugatti factory racing team, and unveiled in November at the Dubai Motor Show; and the fourth was presented at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the “Rembrandt Bugatti”, honouring the brother of company founder Ettore and a notable sculptor of the 20th century.
The fifth (featured here by Villa Marbella Now) is the “Black Bess”, on the market for €2.15 million, also strictly limited to a run of three, and reminiscent of the famed Bugatti Type 18, the fastest road vehicle of its time and a direct forerunner of today’s world speed record-holding Bugatti Veyron.
The Type 18 was one of the most important Bugattis of the pre-war era, both ahead of its time and in a league of its own thanks to its impressive technical features. With a four-cylinder in-line engine and five-litre capacity, the vehicle was capable of producing over 100 PS. It had a top speed of 160 km/h, a feat deemed virtually unbelievable for the times, making it a true racing thoroughbred. Bugatti limited the production run for this model to just seven vehicles and sold them to an extremely select group of customers, including famed French aviation pioneer Roland Garros, who received his two-seater in 1913. This Type 18, later named after the English racehorse “Black Bess”, is one of only three of the seven vehicles still remaining, and can be seen in the Louwman Museum, a private collection on show at The Hague.
The 1,200 PS, eight-litre W16 engine of the newly released 2014 “Black Bess” achieves an unparalleled torque of 1,500 Nm at 3,000–5,000 rpm, and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres in 2.6 seconds. With a maximum speed of 408.84 km/h with the roof down, the Vitesse is the fastest production roadster ever built.
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If anyone reading this becomes one of the lucky three to snap up one of the “Black Bess Légendes” or, perhaps more realistically, a Veyron from the 10 per cent of “normal” models still available, an exclusive villa in Marbella will be next on the shopping list, like this property in Nueva Andalucía’s “Golf Valley”. Built on one level, the home has stunning views to the golf course, sea and mountains, was partly refurbished two years ago with the finest materials, and has a garage for two cars – including the new Bugatti.
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