September 2009, to mark the company’s centenary, Bugatti unveiled four special models of the Veyron 16.4 at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. These models recalled the prestigious racing history of the traditional brand and celebrated one of its most successful models, the Type 35.
Just as in Ettore Bugatti’s day, the four cars were presented in the racing colours of the countries that competed in motorsports at that time: blue for France, red for Italy, green for Britain and white for Germany. Each of the four models was modelled on a historic Grand Prix Bugatti.
These four historic race cars achieved countless victories during the 1920s and 30s, with world-famous racing drivers at the wheel. The four special edition models are named after four racing drivers: the blue Veyron is called “Jean-Pierre Wimille”, the red one is called “Achille Varzi”, the green one is called “Malcolm Campbell” and the white one is called “Hermann zu Leiningen”.
Bridging the gap between past and present
Special attention was paid when choosing the materials and colours to ensure that the modern cars retained the distinctive characteristics of the historic models. The colours for the four Veyrons were mixed to be faithful to the original. The historic material concept with body elements in uncoated, polished aluminium and other parts painted in a single tone conveys the discreet, elegant spirit of the brand. The brand’s long tradition is also reflected in the interior fittings, which were matched to each car’s respective historic model. The result bridges the gap between the racing victories of the past and the brand’s successful revival in the present.