Lithe and luxurious, a Bugatti auto at top speed will appear as nothing more than a fleeting blur to the stationary observer. Coveted for their jaw-dropping swiftness and alluring looks, the original Bugatti car company was founded in France in 1909 by Italian designer Ettore Bugatti and continued production into the early 1960s. After several changes in ownership, the brand was revived in the 1980s and persists into the present day as a manufacturer of high-end sports cars.
Bugatti racing vehicles, most notably the Type 10 and Type 35, attained tremendous success in auto racing. Designed with careful attention to lightweight construction and first rate performance, Bugattis wrapped up thousands of victories, including a win at the first ever Monaco Grand Prix in 1929, and an impressive two wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 1937 and 1939.
Other memorable Bugatti models include the Type 23 road car (a.k.a. Brescia Tourer), debuting in 1913, the Type 41 road car (a.k.a. Royale), unveiled in 1927, and the Type 55 roadster, introduced in 1932. Bugatti rolled out scores of different models in limited quantities, and due to the individual attention given to each vehicle, no two are exactly alike. In fact, replacement parts for Bugattis must be specially crafted. The Bugatti Owners’ Club boasts members from around the world, and even maintains a private English estate that has its own racing course.