For the first time ever, all six Bugatti Veyron Legends edition cars were brought together at Monterey Car Week 2014 this past weekend. In a scene unlikely to ever be repeated, each of the six vehicles represent a key figure or car in the history of Bugatti and with just 15 units of the supercar to be sold before production ends, it was a very fitting way to celebrate the Veyron.
The first of the Legends edition debuted at last year’s Monterey Car Week. Dubbed the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Jean-Pierre Wimille, just three units of it are being created. Jean-Pierre Wimille drove 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1937, driving a Bugatti 57G Tank co-piloted by Robert Benoist. He then managed to repeat the famous feat of endurance in 1939, this time supported by Pierre Veyron in a 57C Tank.
The second, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Jean Bugatti edition debuted a month later and pays tribute to Jean Bugatti, son of the company founder and creator of the Type 57SC Atlantic.
The car features coachwork constructed entirely from jet black, clear-coated carbon fibre. The metallic highlights make use of platinum giving them a unique shine. It gets black diamond-cut rims, Jean Bugatti’s signature has been lasered onto the petrol and oil cap and painted Arctic grey.
The third is the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Meo Constantini. Costantini was a close friend of the company’s founder, Ettore Bugatti and was the head of Bugatti’s factory race team for many years as well as being a driver who won the legendary Targa Florio two times in the Bugatti Type 35.
Fourth is the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt Bugatti. The art world views Rembrandt Bugatti, known commonly as Rembrandt, as one of the most notable and artistically independent sculptors of the early 20th century. His fame was achieved through his animal sculptures and cast a large part of his work in bronze. The body of the “Rembrandt Bugatti” Legend Vitesse was designed with the “horizontal split” that we have seen on the Vitesse a number of times before. This example is largely composed of bronze-coloured clear-coated carbon as a gesture to the artist’s favoured material.
Fifth came the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess. The original Type 18 Black Bess was one of the most important Bugattis of the pre-war era and ahead of all of its rivals. The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess Legends Edition features a host of gold accents like the original with some of them actually being coated in 24-carat gold. Most notably, the Bugatti horseshoe grille is surrounded by 24 carat gold. Further to this, golden pin stripes stretch back from the headlights before tapering off at the end of the door line. The car also features gloss black wheels and bright red brake calipers.
Finally, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Ettore Bugatti dedicated to the company’s founder. The body of this Legend gets a clear-coated carbon and hand-polished aluminium finish. It has been built to mirror the 1932 Type 41 Royale, chassis number 41111.