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First Bugatti Chiron sells for $5 million

By Chris Thompson | Pics: Patrick Ernzen/RM Sothebys, 07 Dec 2017 News

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RM Sotheby’s just auctioned off the number '1 of 500' Chiron for a huge five-mil AUD

Someone has just bought the first Bugatti Chiron.

The '1 of 500' Chiron, which was the first one ordered for the US market, has just sold at an RM Sotheby’s auction in New York for $4,996,110 AUD (or $3.773 million USD).

But this Chiron is actually new, never having been owned before. As owning the first of something so prestigious sometimes commands quite a premium, we would have expected it to sell for a little more than its ‘regular’ price (if there is such a thing) of 2.4 million Euro, or $3.61 million AUD.

Essentially, by that measure, the Chiron has just jumped by almost 1.39 million AUD in value. You could buy several W1s for that difference.

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The car itself is pristine, without having been driven since its 402.25 testing kilometres were clocked up on the odometer. Its 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine is likely still yet to be broken in to reach its 1103kW potential.

As the very first Bugatti Chrion offered at a public auction to be sold at a public auction it has set quite a precedent in terms of Chiron prices, one we mere mortals will likely struggled to comprehend for some time.

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In addition, the buyer of this particular car has scored themselves a bonus trip to see where it was built.

RM Sothebys says: “The successful buyer of this Chiron will be treated to a personalized visit of the Bugatti factory in Molsheim, France. This includes lunch, a factory tour, and a test drive with a noted test driver.”

Though the Koenigsegg Agera RS has stolen most of the Chiron’s record-breaking thunder, this is still a very special vehicle.