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“Les Légendes De Bugatti”: Ettore Bugatti

The sixth model is the crowning glory of the Legends series, made in honour of Ettore Bugatti, the founder and patron of the brand. Share

Ettore Bugatti was one of the most important figures in the history of 20th-century motoring. He was able to combine his family’s rich artistic legacy with his own technical ideas, thus laying the foundation for a design style that would shape the brand and make it unmistakeable.

The brand values “Art, form, technique” describe this unique approach. Ettore Bugatti strove to always create a unique artwork. His ideas and cars laid the foundation for an automotive brand that would become one of the most renowned and valuable in the world – both then and now. Ettore Bugatti himself is a legend. Therefore it only makes sense to dedicate the final Legends car, modelled on the historic Type 41 Royale, after him. Bugatti unveiled the car in August 2014 at the Monterey Car Week in California.

Ettore Bugatti loved the extraordinary

The front part of the carbon body is made of hand-polished aluminium, coated with clear lacquer. Bugatti is the only manufacturer to use visible aluminium for the body of a production car. The rear, sills and A-pillar covers are dark blue with visible carbon. Specially for this car, a wheel design was developed that is based on the most famous rims in motoring history – Ettore Bugatti’s Bugatti aluminium wheels. The striking Bugatti horseshoe and the EB logo on the rear are made of gleaming platinum. The petrol and oil filler caps are engraved with the signature of Ettore and painted silver.

A refined interior with cordovan leather

For the interior of the car, Bugatti used two varieties of leather for the first time: traditional fine calf’s leather and highly exclusive natural cordovan leather. The latter, which had not been used before, requires painstaking work. The tanning process alone can take around six months. Cordovan leather, which is normally used for the finest-quality shoes, is extremely resilient and provides firm purchase. The most eye-catching interior detail is the platinised “dancing elephant” figure designed by Ettore’s brother Rembrandt, which recalls the radiator cap on the Type 41 Royale. It is inlaid into the lid of the rear storage compartment.

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