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A manufacturer of luxury and performance cars originally founded by Ettore Bugatti in 1909 in Molsheim, Alsace, Germany (now France). The original company ceased operations in 1952, and the marque was revived when Romano Artioli acquired the rights to the name in 1987 and produced the EB110 in 1991.

Vehicle names used by Bugatti throughout its history include:  Chiron, EB110, Type 35, Type 41, Type 46, Type 50, Type 57, Type 57S Atlantic, Type 101, and Veyron EB 16.4.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Bugatti page on 16 January 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was a French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, founded in 1909 in the then German city of Molsheim, Alsace by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti. Bugatti cars were known for their design beauty (Ettore Bugatti was from a family of artists and considered himself to be both an artist and constructor) and for their many race victories. Famous Bugattis include the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the Type 41 "Royale", the Type 57 "Atlantic" and the Type 55 sports car.

The death of Ettore Bugatti in 1947 proved to be the end for the marque, and the death of his son Jean Bugatti in 1939 ensured there was not a successor to lead the factory. No more than about 8,000 cars were made. The company struggled financially, and released one last model in the 1950s, before eventually being purchased for its airplane parts business in the 1960s.

In the 1990s, an Italian entrepreneur revived it as a builder of limited production exclusive sports cars. Today, the name is owned by German automobile manufacturing group Volkswagen.


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Hot Rod Comics: Issue 7 Sports Car Gallery: The Fabulous Bugatti
Hot Rod Comics #7, Feburary 1953
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Hot Rod Comics: Issue 7 Sports Car Gallery: The Fabulous Bugatti
Hot Rod Comics #7, Feburary 1953
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Article Index

Christopher A. Hart
DateArticleAuthor/Source
Spring 1952The Greatest Sports Cars EverSpeed Smith
11 March 1994Bugatti Automobili, S.p.A.; Grant of Petition for Temporary Exemption From Standard No. 208




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