A special edition Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse has been released, commemorating the son of the company's founder
9 September 2013

The second in the Bugatti Legends series has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show. The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse “Jean Bugatti” is the second of six special editions built to commemorate significant individuals from the marque’s history.

The latest special edition Veyron references the Type 57SC Atlantic, which was one of Jean Bugatti’s most iconic creations. That car was referred to as “La Voiture Noire”, and was Bugatti’s personal car. It disappeared after the second world war.

In July, Bugatti announced it was to build six Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse models to honour “renowned names which have played a crucial role in its history and which have helped creating its mystique”.

The “Jean Bugatti” Veyron is constructed entirely from black clear-coated carbonfibre and the grille surround is made from platinum. It features diamond cut alloy wheels and Jean Bugatti’s signature has been laser cut onto the petrol and oil caps.

The interior is trimmed in the same beige and brown hues as the Type 57SC Atlantic. The seats, instrument panel, steering wheel, dash and door panels are trimmed in chocolate brown. The outline of the Type 57 is stitched into the door cards and central storage compartment.

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The EB logo is constructed from platinum and the gear lever is fashioned from rosewood. The door sill protectors bear the face of Jean Bugatti.

Jean Bugatti was the son of founder, Ettore Bugatti. He took over from his father in 1936, but was killed three years later. As well as the Type 57SC, he was responsible for the styling of the Type 41 Royale, Type 55 Roadster and Type 50.

The "Jean Bugatti" Veyron follows a model honouring Le Mans winner Jean-Pierre Wimille, which was unveiled in Pebble Beach last month. Just three of each special edition models will be built.

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12 September 2013

I like the Veyron but then I don't get too hung up on a car's price or it's reported abilities. My car cost £1500 and that's as much as I'll probably ever afford so a £10,000 BMW is as much of a dream to me as this is so I tend to judge each car for what it is rather than what it's price suggests it should be. Black is definitely my favorite colour for the Veyron, looks cool and menacing

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