Last night I saw Bugatti president Wolfgang Schreiber introduce the ‘Jean Bugatti’ Veyron at VW Group’s eve-of-show fanfare at the Frankfurt motor show.

The car forms part two of the six-part series of Grand Sport Vitesse open-top specials; three of each will be built, and this one celebrates the life and work of Ettore’s third child, Jean, who penned several of the marque’s cars during the 1930s including the Bugatti Atlantic Type 57SC that lends some heavy-handed cues to the new variant.

Jean Bugatti’s name is, of course, more than worthy of gracing any car from the legendary Molsheim manufacturer. It’s a tribute to his design work, but also his dedication and bravery – Jean tragically died while testing the Type 57C ‘Tank’ less than two months after it had triumphed at Le Mans, co-driven by one Pierre Veyron.