Les Légendes de Bugatti
Rembrandt Bugatti was Ettore’s brother and one of the most important sculptors of the early 20th century. He became famous for his sculptures of animals. His works, most of which were cast in bronze, were exhibited in many collections and museums across the world.
One of his most famous works is the sculpture of a dancing elephant which appears on the radiator cap of the Bugatti Type 41 Royale and came to symbolise the brand. Just as Ettore had a flair for creating automotive artworks, Rembrandt Bugatti was renowned for his extraordinary artistic talent and outstanding skill at crafting surfaces. Rembrandt Bugatti represents the strong artistic roots of the Bugatti family. That was why Bugatti dedicated its fourth Legends model to him. The model was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014.
The dominant colour: bronze
Rembrandt Bugatti’s bronze sculptures are patinated and have real soul. This, as well as the carved character of his works, inspired the Bugatti designers’ choice of colours and materials for this car. The body of the Legends Vitesse is largely made of visible carbon in “bronze” as a reference to the artist’s favourite material. The bottom edge of the car is painted in a lighter, elegant tone of brown. The Bugatti horseshoe on the front grille is made of gleaming platinum, as is the EB logo on the rear. The wheels are coated in dark brown “Firefinch” and light brown “Noix”. Rembrandt Bugatti’s signature is engraved onto the petrol and oil filler caps.
Braided leather as an exclusive detail
The interior is lined with light brown leather. The most striking detail is Rembrandt Bugatti’s famous elephant sculpture, which was used as the radiator cap for the Type 41 Royale and is now the symbol of both the brand and the Legends series. The cast bronze elephant, the product of painstaking craftsmanship, is inlaid into the lid of the rear storage compartment. The braided leather door panelling in gently contrasting shades of brown is an impressive demonstration of Bugatti’s commitment to high-quality materials and outstanding craftsmanship. These highly elegant fittings were developed exclusively for the Legends model.