After working for others,
Ettore Bugatti (1881-1947) built his first car,
The 1913 4-cylinder 5-litre Bugatti type-18 sports 2-seater,
‘Black Bess’, sold for €2,427,500 at
Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception a Retromobile auction in
1924-1931, the racing/road
1925-1930, type 37, 4-cylinder 1.5-litre, and supercharged T37A.
1926-1933 the luxurious
1926-1932 type 50, sports car in various body styles, dohc.
1931-1934 type 51, straight-8, 2.3-litre supercharged.
1932: Two (3?) type 53, straight-8, 4.9-litre, supercharged, hill climb / racing cars were built with four wheel drive.
1932-1934, type 54, straight-8, 5-litre supercharged.
1947: Ettore Bugatti died.
1963: Bugatti was bought by Hispano-Suiza (no longer making cars) which was later acquired by SNECMA [Geo00].
1998: Volkswagen acquired the Bugatti name and showed a front-engined W18 Bugatti concept car (the 18 meaning 18 cylinders!) at the 1998 Paris Motor show. The W format of cylinder banks, was a development of VW's narrow angle 5- and 6-cylinder V engines, but this flight of fantasy had 6.3 litres, 72-valves and direct (petrol) injection to achieve 410kW power and 650Nm torque. It raised the stakes on even VW's own W12 super sports car concept, perhaps trying to emulate the historic Bugatti Royale. The EB118 Bugatti had an aluminium chassis (shades of Audi) and used four wheel drive to get the power to the road.
2009 September: Bugatti revealed the front-engined 16 C Galibier 4-door prototype fitted with a version of the 8-litre W16 engine with "two stage supercharging" and capable of running on ethanol. The car had ceramic brakes and four wheel drive.
2010, July 4: A Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport raised the speed record for a “production” car to 431.07km/h (267.9mph).
2011, June 24:
"The final Bugatti Veyron has now been ordered ..."
2016, March, Geneva:
Bugatti revealed a pre-production Chiron,
looking very much a Veyron+,
8-litre, W16, 4-turbo,
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