Even before the car was unveiled to the public at the Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire, meaning “The Black Car,” had already been sold for an astounding US$12.3 million plus another $6.4 million in taxes and fees.
The car is a modern version of the classic Bugatti Type 57, designed by founder Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean, in the 1930s and 40s. The Bugatti Type 57 is so rare that only four cars were ever made between 1936 and 1938. This new version of the car, however, was designed as a one-off to celebrate the French brand’s 110th anniversary.
Now, while the name is pretty basic, La Voiture Noire has an 8-litre engine that produces 1,479 horsepower (1,103 kW) and 1,180 pound-feet (1,600 Nm) of torque from its 16 cylinders.
“This is not only an engine but the heart of the vehicle and a technical masterpiece. There is no other car in the world with such an engine. It is not only extremely powerful but also beautiful to look at,” said Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann.
Now according to Bugatti, every single component of the car has been handcrafted and the carbon fibre body has a deep black gloss that is interrupted by the ultrafine fibre structure.
Bugatti describe it as “the highest level of automotive haute couture one can reach”. The car is very similar to the Bugatti Chiron and has a top speed of 420 kilometres per hour, and could go from 0 to 100kph in 2.4 seconds.
The last one-off super car to sell for millions was the Rolls Royce Sweptail which sold for $12.8 million. While, the most expensive car ever sold is thought to be the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO that won the Tour de France in 1964.