Car of the Week: This 1-of-30 ’94 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport Could Fetch up to $3.5 Million at Auction

After the death of its founder, Bugatti, which is unquestionably one of the most prestigious names in the history of

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After the death of its founder, Bugatti, which is unquestionably one of the most prestigious names in the history of the automobile industry, became something of an orphan. Ettore Bugatti established his firm in 1909, and his son Jean, the architect of the marque’s most significant models, passed away in 1939, at the age of thirty, while testing the Type 57 “Tank.”

Ettore died in 1947 at the age of 66, and by the time 1959 rolled around, around 8,000 automobiles had been produced in the 50 years since Bugatti was founded. However, his eponymous firm was no longer in operation and was shamefully sold to Hispano-Suiza.

After Ettore’s passing, the company did not see any significant changes until 1987, when Romano Artioli revived the brand.

His Bugatti EB110 is a fascinating chapter in the automaker’s history, which is wedged between the firm that was founded by the company’s namesake, Ettore Bugatti, and the marque that we know today, which was brought back to life once more, but this time by the Volkswagen Group.

And in our current day and age, the hypercar market is dominated by Molsheim’s production of Bugatti’s Veyrons, Chirons, and Whatever-rons.

In the month of August, Gooding & Company had an auction where one of the highlights was a 1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport.  Artioli, an Italian businessman, was the one who came up with the idea for the Bugatti S.p.A. that was active in the 1990s. In 1991, Artioli introduced the EB110, which got its name from the fact that it was the 110th year since Ettore Bugatti was born.

At the time, there had been some really exciting breakthroughs in the realm of supercars, and this model mirrored some of those innovations.

Carbon fibre was the technology that saved the day, and Aérospatiale, the company that built the Concorde supersonic aeroplane, spun the carbon fibre that was used in the EB110’s tub.

Marcello Gandini, who also designed the Lamborghini Miura, Countach, Diablo, and so many other automotive masterpieces that his work should be enshrined in the Uffizi, is responsible for the car’s shape, which is perhaps the most remarkable and enduring characteristic of the vehicle. Gandini is also responsible for the shape of the Ferrari 250 GTO.

There were a total of 136 EB110s manufactured during its production run. The EB110 GT accounted for 106, while the EB110 Super Sport, which was built for maximum speed, had just 30 examples produced. At the 1992 Geneva Motor Show, this extremely limited and highly coveted variant was presented for the first time. Its 3.5-liter V-12 engine, which Paolo Stanzani built during his time as an engineer for Lamborghini, is capable of producing 603 horsepower, which is 53 horsepower more than the GT, and it features 60 dancing valves, four turbochargers, and 12 unique throttle bodies.

The 3.5-liter V-12 engine, which Paolo Stanzani developed, a former engineer for Lamborghini, produces 603 horsepower and more than 478 foot-pounds of torque.-

All-wheel drive was a cutting-edge platform for its day, and it got its power from a manual gearbox with six gears. The performance of the EB110 Super Sport at the time was nothing short of astounding. The car can reach its maximum speed of 220 mph and can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in just 3.26 seconds.

During that period, it was practically unrivaled as neither Ferrari, Lamborghini, nor Porsche could compete with it. However, the McLaren F1 continued to be the performance leader (and now). Even in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1994, the Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, the first Bugatti to use its horseshoe grille aggressively after a hiatus of 55 years, played a supporting role. During the qualifying round for the GT1 competition, it was the quickest of all competitors in its category.

This model will be available for purchase at the Pebble Beach auction that Gooding & Company will be held on August 19 and 20. It has been painted in Grigio Chiaro Metallizato (Light Gray Metallic), and the interior is upholstered in black leather. It was first delivered to a client in Germany in 1994, after which it was acquired by a collection in Japan, and ultimately, in 2012, it was brought back to Switzerland. Even after twenty years, the odometer only says that it has traveled 991 kilometers (615.7 miles) since it was brand new.

After receiving maintenance in 2019 from B. Engineering S.r.l. in Italy, it was then sent to Motion Products so that it may have extra cosmetic fettling. This silver bullet will take centre stage in any collection of analog-era supercars, and it is anticipated to cost as much as $3.5 million at auction. It is perhaps the best EB110 Super Sport that has ever existed and has the lowest mileage of any example.

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