Bugatti has unveiled the fifth limited edition model in the six-part “Les Légendes de Bugatti” (Bugatti Legends) Edition, paying tribute to the legendary Type 18 “Black Bess”, which went down in automotive history as one of the first ever street legal super sports cars.
The Type 18 was powered by a 5.0-litre 4-cylinder in-line engine with over 100bhp, while the top speed was 100mph. The Type 18 was driven in several races by Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti, who secured a win in his class in the important 1912 Mont Ventoux hill climb. Production was limited to just seven vehicles and each was sold to an extremely select group of customers.
One of these customers was French aviation pioneer Roland Garros, who successfully crossed the Mediterranean in an airplane in 1912, taking delivery of his two-seater bearing the vehicle identification number 474 on 18 September 1913. This Type 18, later named after the English racehorse “Black Bess”, is one of only three of the seven vehicles still remaining.
The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess “Legends” model is constructed entirely of carbon fibre and, just like the Type 18, is painted completely black with some of the body components coated in 24-carat gold.
Interior shows light beige upholstery, red Crimson leather on the steering wheel, Havanna leather on various parts like the dashboard and door trim panel, while the door panels feature the Type 18 “Black Bess” and the Morane Saulnier Type H, an airplane which belonged to Roland Garros.
Just like other “Legends” series models, the Black Bess edition is based on the Grand Sport Vitesse with 1183bhp from a 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62mph in just 2.6 seconds, while the top speed is 255mph.
The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess is limited to just three units like previous Legends editions and will debut end of next week at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show.
The sixth and last special edition Veyron of the “Les Legendes” series is very likely dedicated to Elizabeth Junek, a Czech female racer, with an expected debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.