2018 Bugatti Chiron "Number One" Edition
In case you’re still in the market for a Bugatti Chiron, now’s as good a time as any to bring out the checkbooks because one particular example of the Chiron is scheduled to go up for auction at the RM Sothebys event in New York City this coming December 6. Even better, this isn’t just a “standard” Chiron; it’s been decked out in a special livery, has only 250 miles on the odometer, and hasn’t even been registered for road-use here in the U.S. All that and I still haven’t gotten to the best part as this Chiron is also the very first production Chiron and the first ordered for the U.S. market. There’s a reason, after all, why it’s called the Bugatti Chiron Number One.
Having said all that, the Chiron Number One’s estimated selling price sits at $3.5 million to $4 million. It’s a premium price compared to the supercar’s retail price of about $3 million, but don’t be surprised if it surpasses its own estimate, owing to the significance of this particular model as the first of its kind to come out of production. Should any of you be interested, you’re going to need to give yourselves some kind of latitude as far as how much you’re willing to bid for the car. I can’t speak for everyone else, but if I had the money to spend for this potentially historic Bugatti Chiron, I’d be all over it considering its historical potential as the first-production unit of its kind. And I’ll be honest. The 1966 Batmobile-inspired colors look pretty cool too.
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Top 5 Cars Sold at Gooding & Company Auction During Monterey Car Week 2016
When it comes to major auctions, it’s pretty common to find various Ferrari models at the top of the list. This year, the auctions taking place during Monterey Car Week were wild as usual. Mecum auctions turned out some amazing vehicles with the top 10 cars pulling in nearly $20 million, but that’s nowhere near the kind of numbers we saw at the Gooding & Company auction. In fact, Gooding’s number for the top five cars was more than double that of Mecum’s top 10 – pretty wild right?
Gooding had a lot of cars listed, and 160 of those lots actually sold. Some of the lower-priced cars include models like a 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Coupe for $412,500, a 1988 Porsche 959 Comfort for $1,320,000, a 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 Le Mans for $143,000, a 1928 Morris Oxford for just $49,400, and there was even a 1968 Iso Grifo 7 Litri that sold for $682,000. Okay, so some of those numbers might night be “low” for some of us, but in the grand scheme of things, none of them are much when you consider the most expensive car sold at Gooding this year commanded just of $18 million. More about that later, but I’ll give you a hint: It’s a Ferrari. Shocker, right?
Well, with that said, let’s take a good look at Gooding’s top five from this year at Monterey and talk a little about them. There’s just something about these high-dollar collectibles that really gets the blood flowing, isn’t there?
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2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview
Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.
Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.
TopSpeed will be on the scene this year, bringing you all the latest. Read on for a taste of what’s in store.
Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.
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Officially discontinued only a few months ago, when the 2015 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse "La Finale" was displayed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Bugatti Veyron is already a collectible. Proof of that is this 2006 model that’s set to go under the hammer during RM Auction’s sale in Monterey on August 13th to 15th. The auction house estimates that the 2006 Bugatti Veyron will fetch between $1.8 and $2.4 million, which is up to nearly $1 million more than its original sticker.
The example in question is the Veyron 16.4 "001," the first Veyron to roll off the assembly line. The car was originally delivered new to the East Coast and then to California, spending the next few years in Beverly Hills. Though its nearly 10 years old, the 16.4 "001" is in mint condition, having been driven for less than 800 miles. Recently, it also received a full service by Bugatti of Beverly Hills, which included a new set of tires.
On top of getting a rare and well-maintained Veyron, the winning bidder will also benefit from a unique pre-owned warranty from the Bugatti Certified program, which includes a two-year warranty plus two additional years of service free of charge. The offer is unprecedented for a used car and the value of the program exceeds $100,000. That’s not much, given this car will cost at least $1.8 million, but it’s something considering this Veyron is nearly a decade old.
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Ever find yourself longing for a Bugatti Veyron but don’t have the $2 million in cash lying around to buy one? Well if you happened to have $300k in your pocket, then here’s a Veyron you could have had. This lovely, pre-owned Bugatti comes complete with beautiful two-tone, black and blue paint scheme with a spotless tan interior. With only 19,836 miles on the clock, there are plenty of fun-filled years left in this supercar’s carbon-fiber-filled chassis.
Of course, as with any pre-owned vehicle, there are a few nicks and bumps to be found – but overall, nothing major. It seems the previous owner accidentally left the racetrack, getting its undercarriage slightly soiled with mud and grass. The wonderful European mud continues along the front chin spoiler, around both sides of the car, and is partially evident at the rear air diffuser.
There appears to be a slight pit in the paint just beside the passenger side headlight and along the lower chin splitter on the driver’s side. Those will likely buff out, no problem.
It’s also recommended that a new set of tires be purchased for the Veyron, as it seems the previous owner left one back at the track. A full alignment is also recommended, as it appears the right rear control arm is aimed slightly off center.
Sadly for you, the bidding on this beautiful Bugatti has already ended with the winning bidder paying CHF253,900 ($277,418, as of 8/25/2014). Good thing the winning bidder didn’t let those slight imperfections get in his way of owning this wonderful coupe. Remember, it is powered by a reliable and efficient Volkswagen engine and comes standard with all-wheel-drive.
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This weekend not only marks the beginning of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, but also the launch date of the annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 43rd edition of the auction will be a special one, as the company prepared a series of special vehicles that will be auctioned to benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.
One of these vehicles is a 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 owned by Simon Cowell. When Cowell bought the Veyron back in 2008, it was the fastest street-legal vehicle in America, so this makes it even more special.
The car comes with only 1,300 miles on the odometer and all of them were with Cowell at the helm. It features a custom black paint with black interior — this is one of just a few Veyrons offered in American in this configuration. The car also benefits from a full one-year, extended factory warranty offered directly through Bugatti.
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Believe it or not, Bugatti actually had a rather long and roller-coaster-like lifespan before the Veyron was ever a glimmer in Volkswagen AG’s eyes. In fact, Bugatti outdates its ownership group by roughly 28 years, as VW was founded in 1937 and Bugatti in 1909. Unlike VW, though, Bugatti never fully recovered from WWII, and fizzled away into automotive has-been in the 1950s, despite a few ailed comebacks in the late-`50s and early `60s.
When Romano Artioli bought the rights to the Bugatti name, his first release under the newly acquired name was the extremely advanced 1991 Bugatti EB110 GT. Unfortunately, the EB110 GT, despite its advancements, never really took off, which was mostly attributed to the global recession at the time taking its toll on the automotive industry.
The EB110 GT lasted through the 1995 model year, but only a total of 84 of them were ever built within those five model years. In addition to the 84 completed models, there were 11 incomplete models that were purchased by B Engineering during Bugatti’s bankruptcy proceedings, which later became the basis for the Edonis sports car.
As you can see, the EB110 GT had a storied and tragically short life that was chock-full of unrealized potential, due to economic woes. Well, RM Auctions is giving you a chance to own a piece of Bugatti history by offering up a 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT in Monaco from May 11th to 12th, 2012.
How does this one technical marvel stand up to today’s supercars and is it really worth picking up with all of the supercars available?
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The automobile was not even thirty years old when racing had taken a firm hold on enthusiasts. Enzo Ferrari was driving his performance cars to championships all over the world and others wanted in on the action. Ettore Bugatti was one of these men and he decided to take on Ferrari in a very different way than the others. He initially started with smaller, lighter, and less powerful cars than the Ferrari racecars of the time. This allowed the cars to be more nimble on the track and even finish second behind Ferrari in the Grand Prix du Mans of 1911.
This major accomplishment gave Ettore Bugatti the supporters and money necessary to continue his small operation in Molsheim. He began to produce stronger competitors and won more races every year. By 1920, Bugatti had its own Grand Prix championship under its belt and was ready to expand the company into different areas.
Ettore was a very respected man and ran his company with an iron fist, Le Patron as he was known, acted as a member of the upper crust and often invited them for factory tours and extravagant meals. According to Bugatti lore, at one of these dinners a woman remarked, “Everyone knows you build the greatest racing cars in the world. But for a town carriage of real elegance, one must go to Rolls-Royce or Daimler, isn’t that so?” This statement must have enraged Ettore, whether he showed it or not to his guests, he knew this was true. His company had been one-dimensional for many years and it was time to take some risks in the public sector. What came next is one of the most revered luxury automobiles ever made, the Royale.
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In its lifetime, only 95 models of the Bugatti EB 110 GT were ever made. First built in the early 90s, the EB 110 GT is now a treasured vehicle by collectors and aficionados alike. While some models have been sold by a number of famous owners, the EB 110 GT remains a rare bird in a flock of exotics.
The rare supercar is powered by a quad-turbocharged 3.5-liter V12 engine that produces 550 horsepower with a ‘north to 60’ time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 214 mph.
Finding one that’s being sold is hard enough on its own. But finding one that’s being sold and is in tip-top condition with little mileage on its odometer is an entirely different matter. That’s why we were caught by surprise when the last of the 95 EB 110 GTs found its way into the classifieds recently.
Specially built with a custom ordered Formula Black Metallic paint finish and a full tan leather interior with navy accents, this particular EB 100 GT is being sold in California by Canepa Design. Exclusivity and performance capabilities notwithstanding, what makes this EB 110 GT all the more attractive to any prospective buyer is that it remains in factory condition despite its age, having less than 1,000 miles – 939 to be exact – on its odometer.
For pricing inquiries, you can give Canepa Collections a ring at (831) 430-9940.
The mind of a bargain shopper knows a good deal when he sees one, and if he had the resources to make a purchase, he would scoop up the said item without even thinking twice.
Well, by any standard, $700,000 is a lot of money, but if it means driving home with a slightly used Bugatti Veyron, it’s still worth the money you’ll spend for it.
Now, go to the Barrett-Jackson auction over the weekend and you’ll find out that that’s exactly what happened – except that there was a big twist at the end.
One of the car’s that was being auctioned off at the event was a 2008 Bugatti Veyron with ‘only’ 11,800 miles on it. Surprisingly, the car was struggling to attract the high-end bidders from touching it with a 10-foot pole and a car that normally scoops up $1 million easy, was won by a man who made a bid of around $700,000. Lucky fellow? Not quite.
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Back in July of last year, we ran a story about an almost century-old Brescia Bugatti being discovered in the bed of the Verbano Lake in Ascona, Switzerland by a diving club that went by the name Centro sport subacquei salvataggio Ascona – or CSSS, if you’re having trouble pronouncing the whole name.
Five months later, parts of the salvaged 1922 Bugatti Brescia Type 22 Roadster have been somewhat restored to its old form and is now being auctioned off by auction house Bonhams for an expected price tag of around $100,000 to $130,000 with the proceeds stemming from the sale to go to a charity that’s involved in curbing youth violence.
While the Brescia still looks a little worse for wear, it is worth pointing out that the car would make for a great exhibit and can maybe even be used as a peg for the creation of a replica. Either way, the six-figure price tag for the artefact seems to be well justified.
The auction house Gooding & Company did alright for themselves this past Saturday the evening before the highly anticipated Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, selling an impressive 83% of all their lots earning more than $21 Million. The star of the block was a red 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider that sold for $2,750,000. There were also a few records set that evening, with the 1953 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Drop Head Coupe that went for $1,650,000, and the 1953 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster that sold for $192,500. On a more technical note, the 1938 Buick Limited Series 80 Opera Brougham only set a record for pre-war Buicks at $506,000.
Aside from the record breaking Aston Martin and Ferrari’s, the crowd in attendance was eager to catch a glimpse of Lot 31, Ettore Bugatti’s own 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe. Originally assembled as a birthday present for Le Patron, founder of the ultra exotic car company, this particular Type 57C has been deemed as one of the automaker’s most cherished creations. The factory’s workers even went to great lengths to protect the Bugatti during World War II, the fighting between that Allied Forces and the Axis Powers ended up destroying the factory in Molsheim, France.
Even after Ettore’s death in 1947, the 57C was meticulously maintained and continued to receive updates as they were developed. The car is said to be extremely unique, with a distinct engine and transmission package, upgrades to the interior and one-off coachwork that is believed to be based on the last design ever created by Ettore’s son, Jean Bugatti who died at the age of 30 in an unfortunate incident, test driving a Le Mans winning Type 57 tank-bodied race car. Making for one very interesting conversation piece.
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A 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa recently became the most expensive vehicle in the world when it crossed the auction block with a final bid of around $12 Million at Ferrari’s Legends and Passions event in Maranello last month. However all that could change between August 15th and 16th at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
That is because the auction house Gooding & Company will be bringing a very special vehicle to the world’s greatest car show. Ettore Bugatti’s personal 1936 Type 57C Coupe. Originally assembled as a birthday present for Le Patron, founder of the ultra exotic car company, this particular Type 57C has been deemed as one of the automaker’s most cherished creations. The factory’s workers even went to great lengths to protect the Bugatti during World War II, the fighting between that Allied Forces and the Axis Powers ended up destroying the factory in Molsheim, France.
Even after Ettore’s death in 1947, the 57C was meticulously maintained and continued to receive updates as they were developed. The car is said to be extremely unique, with a distinct engine and transmission package, upgrades to the interior and one-off coachwork that is believed to be based on the last design ever created by Ettore’s son, Jean Bugatti who died at the age of 30 in an unfortunate incident, test driving a Le Mans winning Type 57 tank-bodied race car. However; this 1936 Type 57C, with its rich history, and one of kind exclusivity should have no problem shattering the record set by Phil Hill’s old Ferrari.
Coming across a barn find is like finding buried treasure. We came across one of these uncovered treasures back in January with the Bugatti Type 57S Atalante that was locked away in a British garage for almost fifty years. Now this one of seventeen ever made crossed the block this past Saturday in Paris at Bonhams Retromobile auction. The final price: €3,417,500 (about $4.45 million).
This particular Bugatti was originally owned by Earl Howe, the first president of the British Racing Driver’s Club. The Earl took delivery of the Bugatti super car in 1937 and held onto it for eight years. The car then changed hands a few times and finally went to Newcastle resident Dr. Harold Carr in 1955.
Carr drove the Bugatti until 1960 when he decided to store the Bugatti in his Tyneside garage indefinitely. After Dr. Carr’s death in 2007 his relatives discovered the car covered with dust and only 26,284 miles on the odometer.
Although impressive, this sale does not represent a record for Bugatti prices. A 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante sold $7.92 million back in August in Pebble Beach.
Possibly considered the last great “barn find”, a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante is going up for auction. The ultra-rare Bugatti was released from its fifty-year old cocoon last year, and now will sell for multiple millions of dollars at Bonhams’ "Retromobile" auction the February in Paris. This Type 57S Atalante is one of seventeen made, and a less rare Type 57C Atalante sold for $7.92 million back in August.
British noble and racer Earl Howe originally purchased this Type 57S Atalante. He kept the car for about eight years, and then it spent the next decade floating through multiple owners. In 1955 Harold Carr, an English surgeon, purchased the car.
Carr did not own the Bugatti long before parking it in his garage and never driving it again. Although Bugattis were rare in 1955, they would not reach superstar status for many more decades. Even in 1965 $85,000 bought a collection of thirty Bugattis, but that was considered an exceptional deal.
Sometimes this car was referred to as lost during its over fifty-year absence from daylight, but the reality is that any car of this caliber always has enthusiasts tracking it. "I have known of this Bugatti for a number of years and, like a select group of others, hadn’t dared divulge its whereabouts to anyone,” said James Knight, international head of Bonhams’ motoring department.
Carr passed away in 2007, leaving the Bugatti to his family. Until this point, his family had no idea of the value of the now dusty but only mildly decayed car. "We just can’t believe it. It’s worth so much because he hasn’t used it for fifty years,” said Carr’s nephew.
It was a big weekend for Bugattis at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The first Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport 16.4, which made its debut at the show, had a hammer price of $2.9 million at the Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction yesterday. Although the final price will be confirmed later today, this could mean that it is likely as much as $850,000 (the excess of the Veyron’s MSRP) will be donated to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation charity.
The Grand Sport features a see-through removable roof panel made from polycarbonate material for lightweight rigidity. Unfortunately there is no place to store the panel on the car, so if the weather turns bad, owners may need to use the included “umbrella” fabric top (much like the one used for the Lamborghini Murcielago roadster.)
The biggest changes to take the Veyron topless were stiffening the carbon fiber body and changing the windshield angle. The car now also includes new LED headlamps, different alloy wheels and a rear view camera display. According to Bugatti, the total production run for the Veyron Grand Sport will be 150 vehicles.
If the Veryon Grand Sport was the Bugatti to steal everyone’s hearts, then the 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe stole their wallets. The classic Bugatti set a new Pebble Beach record at Gooding & Company’s Saturday auction at $7.92 million. The car is one of 95 57Cs produced during the run from 1937 to 1940. The 3,257 CC Supercharged Inline Eight-Cylinder Engine is rated at 160 BHP At 5,000 RPM.