Bugatti has just unveiled its second Bugatti Legends car ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Like the car it displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Frankfurt car is based on the 1200-horsepower Grand Sport Vitesse, and honors one of the great figures from Bugatti’s history – Jean Bugatti.
Yes, that’s a famous last name. Jean was the oldest son of founder Ettore Bugatti, but his claim to fame goes far beyond his lineage. Jean designed the Type 57SC Atlantic, one of the rarest, most expensive and sought after vehicles ever made. In honor of his work, the latest Bugatti Legends car is based on Jean’s personal Type 57SC, known as La Voiture Noire, or The Black Car.
Finished entirely in black carbon fiber, the grille surround and EB badges are made of platinum, a first for Bugatti. The black exterior, even with the use of a precious metal, is much more subdued than what we’ve grown used to with special edition Bugattis. Sporting a set of diamond cut, twin five-spoke wheels, the Legend Jean Bugatti features the designers signature in Arctic Gray on the gas and oil caps.
Following the inspiration of Bugatti’s personal Type 57SC, the Veyron has a two-tone, brown-on-beige cabin, with what might be the coolest door inserts we’ve ever laid eyes on. Stitched into the leather is the silhouette of a Type 57SC. It is positively striking. Another nod to La Voiture Noire is the rosewood shifter, which so far as we know, is the sole piece of wood on this Veyron. The rest of the cabin looks bathed in what we imagine is some very, very fine leather.
Like the Grand Sport Vitesse Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille that debuted at Pebble, the “Legend Jean Bugatti” limited to just three models, with each retailing for 2.28 million euro, or just a hair over $3 million. Take a look below for a full press release from Bugatti that includes a cool overview of Jean Bugatti’s original La Voiture Noire, then hop into the full gallery for a look at the newest special-edition Veyron
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