When Only A Bugatti Fit For Ettore Bugatti Will Do

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For some folk, only the rarest cut will do. What if it sets them back well over three million greenbacks? That's only cash for all-important flash, and will be happily parted with. And the mortal others? Well, we drool.

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But for a car this special, it's not all about the money (or the salivating). It's about the celebration of the achievements of Ettore Bugatti, aptly coming together in the sixth and final edition of the "Legends" series of the infamous Veyron hypercar.

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Truly a masterpiece of automotive craftsmanship, the "Legends Ettore Bugatti" special-edition is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, with a production run of just three examples, like the rest of the "Legends" cars. This stunner is to be revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, one year after the first Veyron of the series debuted at the same impressive locale.

The familiar profile of the fastest roadster in the world does not change, but a whole lot of additional effort went into the Ettore Bugatti edition's exterior design. The evocative silver sheen emanating from the front and side body panels comes from hand-polished aluminium finished with a clear lacquer coating. Bugatti claims to be first manufacturer in the world to achieve this.

Things don't get much cooler than exposed blue carbon fibre, and that's exactly what buyers of the Ettore Bugatti edition will get, in combination with the aforementioned aluminium portion of the body. The blue and silver hues of the 408.84 km/h road rocket strongly echo the famous 1932 Bugatti Type 41 Royale limousine, and will turn heads, or snap necks, depending on the mood of the bloke at the wheel.

This special Veyron probably won't be left outside to face the elements, because in addition to hand-polished this, and exposed carbon that, the horseshoe grille and the EB logo in the rear are made of platinum, if you please.

Bugatti's almost manic attention to detail stretches to the fuel cap as well, which features Ettore's rather stylish signature. Even the diamond-cut wheels detail his initials.

Good seats are always important for the show, and wealthy butts will be treated to rich brown calf hide in combination with natural cordovan leather that takes an eternal six months to tan.

The special-edition Veyron's super-luxurious interior also gets a plaque with a representation of the Type 41's dancing elephant hood ornament between the seats, and Ettore Bugatti's signature and portrait on the door sills.

The five other cars of the Legends series will feature alongside the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse "Legends Ettore Bugatti" for the first and possibly the only time, at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 17. If you're that side of the world, the ultimate open-top Veyron to let your hair down in should not be missed. Just make sure you're not shedding on the seats...

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Story first published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 16:36 [IST]
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