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Bugatti Veyron Jean Bugatti | Frankfurt Motor Show 2013

By Glenn Butler, 10 Sep 2013 Events

Bugatti Veyron Jean Bugatti, Frankfurt Motor Show 2013, Bugatti, Wheels, Wheels magazine

Bugatti 'Jean Bugatti' pays homage to founder's son, and one of the world's most expensive classic cars..

Bugatti 'Jean Bugatti' pays homage to founder's son, and one of the world's most expensive classic cars.

Is France's oldest luxury car brand stuck in a Groundhog Day nightmare, or have they really run out of ideas? Not that we don't like another opportunity to drool messily over the fastest car in the world. But seriously folks, enough already. It's been nine years since the Veyron debuted. Time to look to the future again.

This is the Jean Bugatti. It's the second of a series of six Veyron-based one-offs, each celebrating a legend. The first was the 'Jean-Pierre Wimille', celebrating a man who was an F1 driver in the 1930s and a member of the French resistance during World War Two.

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse 'Jean Bugatti', to give the second 'legends' car its full name, celebrates the son of Bugatti's founder Ettore.

A gifted automotive designer, Jean's most celebrated work has to be the Type 57SC Atlantic, an iconic 1930s sports coupe of which only four were ever built.

The specific Altantic to which the Jean Bugatti pays homage is the first one "La Voiture Noire", hence the jet black paintjob. La Voiture Noire once belonged to Bugatti, but was lost in transit amid the confusion of World War Two. My bet is it's sitting in a Swiss bank vault somewhere...

Inside the Jean Bugatti, platinum has been used for the first time to lend an air of extravagance to the vehicle. As if it needed any more help in that regard.

Flick through the gallery to check out the special Veyron and the 57SC Atlantic that helped inspire it.