When Jean Bugatti set forth to create a custom Type 57SC Atlantic for himself in 1936, little did he envision it to become a part of automotive folklore. In fact, only four Atlantics were made, with three now in the hands of collectors. However, chassis no. 57453 remains shrouded in mystery as the car disappeared into the fog of World War 2, never to be seen again.

This is a one-of-a-kind statement piece destined to rewrite modern automotive history.

It blurs the lines between technology, beautiful aesthetics, and haute couture.

Bold and emblematic, a new icon is born.

As a meticulously crafted work of art, it represents the apex of luxury.



To recapture its mythical essence, BUGATTI head of design Étienne Salomé insufflated a new soul into La Voiture Noire, which is built as a one-off tribute to Jean Bugatti’s legendary Atlantic. Based on the BUGATTI Chiron, it runs on the same quad-turbo W12 engine and 7-speed transmission that has been refined for a gran turismo driving experience. At a price-tag of €11 million and with only one made, it is not only the world’s most expensive car ever sold but also one of the most unique.

Étienne Salomé, head of design at BUGATTI. Credit: BUGATTI Newsroom
Étienne Salomé, head of design at BUGATTI. Credit: BUGATTI Newsroom

For most car manufacturers, the release of a new model often coincides with evolving consumer preferences for practical, good-looking vehicles that can fulfill a multitude of needs. For example, the recently covered Audi e-tron was conceived in response to a rapidly shifting preference for zero-emissions vehicles while retaining a versatile utilitarian format. But once in a while, a truly masterful interpretation of automotive finesse comes along, such as the Ferrari Roma, and now the BUGATTI La Voiture Noire.

Presented by Grand Touring Automobiles, the authority in ultra-premium cars in the Greater Toronto Area, the BUGATTI La Voiture Noire will make an exclusive appearance at the 2020 Canadian International AutoShow. The show is located in the heart of downtown Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and will run from February 14 to 23. 

All images are credited to BUGATTI Newsroom.

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