Bugatti has released the fifth part of their six-part Les Légendes collection with the new “Black Bess” Veyron Vitesse. As with the other Legend vehicles, “Black Bess” was inspired by a story from the company’s past innovations and successes. According to an Apr. 10 press release from Bugatti, the vehicle is based off of the Type 18 supercar released by the French manufacturer in 1912, a vehicle that was not only leading in performance but was also completely in a class of its own.
The Type 18 stayed in production until 1914, with limited production of only seven units a year. It achieved its reputation with its in-line four-cylinder engine producing 98.6 hp with a top speed of 100 mph. Due to the limited production, the vehicles were only sold to certain individuals, one of which was Roland Gallos, the famed French aviation pioneer who crossed the Mediterranean Sea in an airplane. Gallos dubbed his Type 18, a two-seater delivered to him on Sept. 18, 1913, “Black Bess,”after the English racehorse.
The “Black Bess” Vitesse will be completely modeled after this iconic piece of automotive history. The body is to be colored completely in black, as with the Type 18, and it will be completely built from carbon fiber. The exterior also offers a number of different gold accents similar to those found on the old model, with some parts even being coated in 24k gold. While the vehicle boasts styling like the classic supercar, it still comes with all of the high-performance abilities of the Veyron Vitesse.
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Inside, Bugatti has decorated the vehicle with the finest materials, including individually hand-painted leather upholstery. Bugatti described in the release that this style has never been used before. Even the door panels are covered in painted “Havana” leather that display images of the Type 18 as well as Gallos’s airplane. The images and colored leather are protected with specially developed coating to keep the sun and other damaging environmental elements from harming them.
Only three of these unique record-holding supercars will be made, and each will sell for €2.15 million. As it stands, every Legends Bugatti has been sold before it could get off the line. There’s no doubt that affluent buyers have already signed up and await the opportunity to purchase the new “Black Bess” Veyron Vitesse.