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Bugatti Cars have a history going back over a hundred years, and since their purchase by Volkswagen and the subsequent production of the Veyron, they are now once again one of the most desired marques in the world.

A Brief History

Bugatti was founded by Ettore Bugatti in Molsheim, Alsace, France. The first car, called the Type 13, was produced in 1909. All Bugatti cars were named this way (numbers before 13 were prototypes). Throughout his life Ettore emphasised the asthetics as much as the mechanical design. His aim was to produce a car that satisfied the senses as much as the intellect.

Bugatti Cars

Every car was light in weight, and Bugatti racing cars were manufactured alongside the production cars right from the beginning. It is for the racing victories that Bugatti is most well remembered, winning many of the big races including several Grand Prix, and the Le Mans 24 Hour.

The location of the factory, in France, did the company no favours during World War II, and Bugatti was eventually sold after Ettore's death in 1949. They subsequently passed through several owners (including Hispano Suiza, who have just launched a new super-car) and have been owned by Volkswagen since 1998.

Recent Classic Sales

A 1925 Bugatti Brescia that had been discovered at the bottom of lake Maggiore has been auctioned for charity, and fetched 260,500 euros, despite being heavily corroded.

A 1937 Bugatti Type 57S, that has been left in a garage gathering dust for half a century, has been sold at auction for 3.4 million euros. The car was originally purchased and collected from the Bugatti factory by the first president of the British Racing Drivers' Club. The Type 57S is extremely sought after, and only 17 were ever built.

Bugatti Type 35

Bugatti Veyron 16.4

After a couple of concept cars, the current owners launched a new design at the Tokyo Motor Show that was to become the Veyron 16.4. Named after the driver of the last race won by Bugatti (Pierre Veyron, Le Mans, 1939), the Veyron 16.4 started production in 2005, and was the fastest production car in the world. The 1001 horses under the bonnet propel it to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and onto a top speed in excess of 250 miles per hour.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4

The original intention was to make just 300, but Bugatti are continuing to make about 80 each year. Some of these are limited editions fetching as much as 3 million euros each. This puts it beyond the reach of most. Simon Cowell reportedly owns one, which is not really surprising as he is known as a bit of a car nut, and he can certainly afford it.

One thing you will need to be aware of if you are considering buying one of these cars (you are aren't you?) is how much it will cost to maintain. Autocar have reported that a standard service costs almost £13,000, and a set of tyres costs £23,500. After every 4th set of tyres it is necessary to test the wheels for cracks, and replacement wheels are £7,050 each!

Latest Bugatti

AutoExpress has reported that one of the recent Bugatti concept cars is likely to be produced as soon as 2013. The Galibier will be the world's fastest 4 door, with a detuned version of the Veyron's engine. A price tag of £900,000 will make it one of the most expensive cars in the world.

Bugatti cars have always been the choice of the real afficionado, and Volkswagen have a done a good job reviving that reputation. For some, the current super-car is no match for the original classic sports cars of the last century, but there is no denying that Bugatti have set a very high target for their competitors to beat.