Bugatti's history is tragic, but the end of the story certainly does hold promise. Bugatti, also known as Automobiles E. Bugatti was originally an automobile manufacturer of French origin founded in 1909 in Molsheim, Alsace. The Company was formed by Italian Ettore Bugatti in Molsheim, Alsace. The original Bugatti vehicles were known for their beautiful designs above all else. Ettore Bugatti hailed from a family of artists and thought of himself as builder and an artist combined. The original Bugattis were also known for the huge amount of races in which they secured first place. Sadly, Ettore's death in 1947 ended the marque, and his son Jean's 1939 death meant that there wasn't a successor in the family to head the factory. At this point, only about eight thousand car had been made. The company began to struggle terribly due to financial reasons, and in 1950s the last original Bugatti vehicle was produced. In the 1960s, the factory was purchased for its aero-parts business.
Luckily for Bugatti fans everywhere, Volkswagen picked up the brand in 1998 and began to revive it as a constructer of limited production luxury sports cars. VW ordered ItalDesign to produce the Bugatti EB118 concept, a sedan that featured 408 kilowatts. Shortly after, at the Paris Auto Show, VW and Bugatti premiered the first W-configuration 16-cylinder engine in any passenger automobile. Many showings and concept cars followed from the two companies' merger, including the 1999 Bugatti EB 218 concept, the Bugatti 18/3 Chiron, the Bugatti EB 218, and the EB 16.4 Veyron. The Veyron would be the first production vehicle from this lineup.
When most people think of the most popular Bugatti ever made, they think of the Bugatti Type 35. This car was founder Ettore Bugatti's masterpiece, and it played an instrumental part in founding his status as one of the greatest automotive designers in the world. This Bugatti conquered its era in history; for almost ten years it seemed unsurpassed in all aspects, including speed, detailed design, and aerodynamic and aesthetically pleasing styling, as well as its steadfastness, reliability, and responsiveness. It made its debut as the \"blue racing machine\" at the ACF in 1924. The six Bugatti Royales are also vehicles that will forever live in history. The legend surrounding them is muddled, but we can tell you that six actually existed, and they featured no less than twelve body types overall. All of these Bugatti vehicles are still in existence today. Three were originally sold to lucky customers, and three others remained in the family until the end of WWII.
The third family of Bugatti vehicles that really stands out as iconic is the Type 55, which replaced the Bugatti Type 43 in 1931. A light Type 51 engine, with the help of an electrical fuel pump worked in tandem with the very rigid Type 47 frame lead to one of the most balanced Bugatti cars ever constructed. Today, Bugatti continues to construct extremely well-made sporty vehicles under the supervision of Volkswagen and competes with other super sports car brands like Ferrari, Porsche, and Jaguar.