Second Bugatti ‘Legend’ honors Jean Bugatti

The second car in a six-part Bugatti Legends series will debut in Frankfurt and honors the legacy of Jean Bugatti, the son of the company’s founder who created the Type 57SC Atlantic. The production run will be limited to three, as was the case with the first Legend introduced at Pebble Beach last month.

The Bugatti Legend Edition “Jean Bugatti” is based on the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. Powered by a monster 8-liter W16 engine generating 1,200 PS and 1,500 Nm torque at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm, the sporty beast sprints 0 to 100 km/h in a jaw-dropping 2.6 seconds.

The thrill isn’t cheap, though. Owning a ‘Jean Bugatti’ will set three buyers back 2.28 million euros, which doesn’t include taxes and other fees.

What the three lucky buyers will get is truly one-of-a-kind: Bugatti designers were inspired by the Type 57SC Atlantic La Voiture Noire in creating the Legend edition. Only four Type 57SC Atlantics were produced between 1936 and 1938 and of those, only two still exist today. The Legends edition features jet black, clear-coated carbon fiber with platinum used for the first time to detail such parts as the familiar Bugatti horseshoe on the front grille and the EB logo on the rear; Jean Bugatti’s signature is laser-etched onto the oil cap.

Jean Bugatti, whose full name was Gianoberto Carlo Rembrandt Ettore Bugatti, was the eldest of four children of founder Ettore Bugatti and assumed leadership of the company at age 27 in 1936 after impressing with his structural and design ideas. Tragically, he died in an accident only three years later.

“Jean Bugatti is a Bugatti legend,” Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, the current president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., said in a statement. “Along with his father Ettore, Jean played a critical role in shaping our brand. Jean managed to combine the artistic roots of Bugatti with his father’s innovative automotive technology, and from that developed a design which is still reflected in the brand today, finding expression in our brand values of ‘Art, Forme, Technique’.”

Photo Credit: Bugatti

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