Ettore Bugatti, an Italian by birth and French by adoption, has built an automotive legend recognized all over the world. But the war and the death of his son did not allow him to continue. Thirty years after the last production of Bugatti Père & Fils, a consortium of Italian producers is re-launching this legend. But a recession and a fragile understanding between these different partners mean that this company will disintegrate. Volkswagen takes over to create fabulous hyper-cars. This book represents all the models, one by one, from Type 0 to Divo, with technical information, a story and 150 illustrations for eighty models.
The rediscovery of the wondrous 'Bugatti' world made up of extraordinary cars, at centre stage in the first three decades of the last century and magically put back together on the outskirts of Modena between the ’80s and 90s, has taken off again more recently thanks to the boost provided by the Volkswagen Group.
This Group has promoted the making of sensational supercars, which, in terms of features and performance, are by far the most unique cars in the world, ranging from the various versions of the EB 16.4 Veyron on through to the Chiron, which with its 1500 bhp easily reaches 420 km/h, and the more recent Divo at a price of five million euros.
The book begins with an exclusive, long interview with Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., who explains the characteristics and the motivating force behind the most amazing brand in the automotive industry.
This is a sensational project symbolically linked with the previous period of management of the Bugatti brand, when through the efforts of the Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli, the brand underwent a brilliant relaunch, which enabled production of the EB 110 sports car in the futuristic Campogalliano factory. In the mid-1990s, the Bugatti EB 110 was the fastest production car in the world.
Much of the book also deals with Bugatti cars in the days of Ettore Bugatti, who was born in 1881 in Milan and still stands tall amongst the greatest automobile engineers and entrepreneurs. Bugatti cars were meant to be astonishing because of their ingenious features and performance, but also because of their beauty and character.
Retracing the historical transitions of the Bugatti brand is a sort of total immersion in the most exclusive world of motor racing, with continuous transitions between technology, lifestyles, design and the history of costume and fashion.
This book reflects the Argentine passion for car racing prevailing during the pre-war years and particularly the affinity that some drivers felt for the French make during the twenties. This is the first time in Argentina that a book has been written relating the history which connenced in 1924, when the first Type 30 arrived and continued until the sixties when Bugatti enthusiast devoted themselves to salvaging and restoring the cars. The trend resurged during the nineties with a new group of collectors. Bugatti created over the years a mystique which continues intact until the present day.
The book includes complete histories of the three existing Atlantics and the prototype, perhaps the most avant-garde of all the many models made by Ettore and Jean, with many new details. Their cousin, the Andre Bith Type 51 with the Atlantic-type body, also receives extensive coverage. Also included a large number of other articles, many of them interviews of people connected with the factory at Molsheim during the time of Ettore Bugatti, such as Noel Domboy and Robert Stoehr.
A Veloce Classic Reprint of the only book dedicated to the Type 46 & 50 Bugattis. The book features over 200 period plates, many rare and previously unpublished, showing a galaxy of superb coachbuilt and standard bodies on T46 and T50 chassis as well as much mechanical detail. Regarded as THE standard reference to the Type 46 & 50.