Bugatti is a luxury sports car to be reckoned with. Setting speed record after speed record throughout the years, Bugatti has proven time and time again to be the fastest, most powerful cars on the planet. With years of experience in motor and racing, Bugatti may always be the fastest automotive. What’s more is the exclusivity of these beautiful machines and the reputation that goes with them. Typically, Bugatti will only release limited amounts of their models, many of which continue to circulate today included the Chiron and the Veyron (1). However, there are many limited releases where Bugatti will only invite their top customers to a private auction to purchase the car – as was the case with Bugatti’s one and only $19 million dollar La Voiture Noire modeled after Jean Bugatti’s personal Type 57 SC Atlantic.
A name like Bugatti will always be the pinnacle of luxury sports automotive with over a century of experience in the industry. But where exactly do these beautiful machines come from? Where are Bugatti’s made? To answer that question, let’s take a deeper dive into Bugatti’s unique backstory (2).
Getting Their Start
Bugatti is a French car manufacturer that was first founded in 1909 by Italian automaker Ettore Bugatti. Ettore was born in Milan, Italy and Bugatti was founded in Molsheim, Germany which was located in the Alsace region that was part of the German Empire from 1871 to 1919. Ettore had a passion for speed and racing and worked to create a beautiful high performance automobiles for racing and for street purpose. The cars were known for their exceptional design beauty, and of course, their many race victories. Looking back on many of Bugatti’s original models, you can see the body shape has remained the iconic rounded aesthetic, a small, short cabin, and low to the ground to increase aerodynamics. Many of the famous Bugatti’s of this time include the Type 41 Royale, the Type 57 Atlantic, the Type 35 Grand Prix, and the Type 55 sports car.
It wasn’t until the death of Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean Bugatti, that marked a turning point for the company’s fortunes. Jean was killed in a car accident while test driving the new Type 57 tank bodies racing car near the Bugatti factory in Molsheim. Ettore continued to run the Bugatti company through World War II. World War II left the factory in complete ruins and nothing was salvageable. During the war, Bugatti planned to move their company to a new factory in Levallois, a quiet suburb of Paris. Unfortunately, Ettore Bugatti passed away in 1947, leaving no successor to take over the company. Bugatti made one final appearance at a Paris Motor Show in 1952, and halted production after that.
The Bugatti Revival
Italian entrepreneur and businessman, Romano Artioli acquired Bugatti in 1987. Infamous architect, Giampaolo Benedini was commissioned to design a new factory for Bugatti in Modena, Italy. The construction of the factory commenced on 1988 along with Bugatti’s first new model. With the help of Lamborghini Miura and Lamborghini Countach designers Paolo Stanzani and Marcello Gandini, plans for the Bugatti revival were soon underway and the first new production model was the Bugatti EB110 GT. Sticking true to the Bugatti name, the EB110 GT featured a 3.5 liter, quad-turbocharged 60 degree V12 engine with 5 valve per cylinder, a six speed gear box, and four wheel drive – quite the impressive revival for Bugatti. The EB110 made a great first impression and car enthusiasts around the world were turning heads. Soon the EB110 could be found in the hands of racers, car collectors, and enthusiasts around the world.
Perhaps one of the most famous EB110 owners was racing driver Michael Schumacher, seven time winning Formula One World Champion. Michael Schumacher purchased his Bugatti EB110 in 1994, but later sold his hyper car after a severe accident on the track. The car had been repaired and sold to Modena Motorsports, which was a Ferrari service and race preparation garage in Germany.
Where Are They Made Now?
Bugatti has had quite the twist and turn of history, but was eventually bought out by Volkswagen group in 1998. Volkswagen, out of respect for the Bugatti name, built the new Bugatti factory in their ancestral home of Molsheim, France which is where they are still manufactured today. With the backing of the largest and most popular automakers in the world, Bugatti now designs and creates the fastest most luxurious race cars for the wealthiest millionaires. Much as they did in the first few decade of the 20th century, Bugatti settles for nothing less than excellence for the most exclusive customer base around the globe.
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