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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 – eine Sammlung

In ein paar Jahren dann

Gut möglich, dass das jetzt noch nicht so sehr interessiert, dass man die Bugatti Veyron als sanft überteuerte Gebrauchtwagen betrachtet. Aber weil «radical» von Anfang an dabei war, viel von der Entwicklungsarbeit mitbekam, im Herbst 2005 auch einen der ersten Fahrberichte schrieb (siehe weiter unten), bauen wir mal eine Sammlung auf. In ein paar Jahren dann wird man uns dafür dankbar sein. Oder auch nicht. Tief in den Keller gestiegen sind wir deshalb für den ersten Fahrbericht von damals, wir wussten, da war doch was. Und als wir den Artikel dann gefunden hatten, waren wir selber überrascht beim Lesen, wie belanglos er war. Aber da müssen wir jetzt durch, «Finanz und Wirtschaft», Ende Oktober 2005:

«Jetzt wissen wir: Es ist machbar. Es ist den Ingenieuren mit dem Bugatti Veyron 16.4 tatsächlich gelungen, ein serienmässiges Automobil zu bauen, das in 2,46 Sekunden von 0 auf 100 km/h beschleunigt (schneller als die Formel 1), in 8,5 Sekunden 200 km/schnell ist, und nach rund 4 Kilometern Anlauf – es ist unterdessen noch keine Minute vergangen – 400 (vierhundert!) km/h erreicht. Was zu beweisen war, denn diese Vorgabe hatte der ehemalige Vorsitzende der Volkswagen-Gruppe, Ferdinand Piëch, einst gemacht, und der Konzern liess es sich es sich eine schöne Stange Geld kosten, den Beweis auch wirklich anzutreten. Die Frage darf und muss allerdings gestellt werden: Was soll das?

Um es deutlich auszudrücken: Die Welt braucht den Bugatti Veyron 16.4. etwa so dringend wie einen weiteren Hurrikan «Katrina». Der immense technische Aufwand, der betrieben wurde, bringt die Menschheit nicht weiter – all die Polo und Golf nämlich, die den Hauptharst der VW-Produktion ausmachen, werden auch in fernen Zukunft nicht von der durchaus beeindruckenden Ingenieursarbeit für den Bugatti profitieren können. Zu abgehoben sind 1001 PS, 16 Zylinder, 8 Liter Hubraum, das Kohlefaser-Monocoque, die hyperkomplizierten Kontrollsysteme, die Abgasanlage aus Titan – zu teuer, als dass sie je in die Grosserie einfliessen können. Aber dieses Problematik kennt man ja von der Formel 1, die uns ja auch gerne als Versuchslabor für das Alltagsauto verkauft wird.

Der Bugatti kostet eine Mio. €, die Anzahlung für die Bestellung beträgt 300’000 €. Dafür erhalten maximal 300 Kunden ein Auto, das über einen handtaschengrossen Kofferraum verfügt, wahrscheinlich gegen 30 Liter Benzin auf 100 Kilometern verbrennt und dessen Design, um es mit den Worten von Modezar Ralph Lauren (der selber einige schöne alte Bugatti besitzt) einigermassen freundlich zu beschreiben «kein Gesamtkunstwerk» ist.

Andererseits: Der Bugatti stellt derzeit definitiv den «state of art» im Automobilbau dar. Es sind nicht allein die beeindruckenden Leistungsdaten, es ist vor allem die Leichtigkeit, die Lockerheit, mit der er diese erreicht. Das Durchzugsvermögen lässt sich mit keinem anderen Automobil vergleichen – was auch daran liegt, dass der Supersportwagen über Allradantrieb sowie die besten vorstellbaren Steuerungsgeräte verfügt. Bei 250 km/h, der elektronisch abgeregelten Höchstgeschwindigkeit fast aller hochklassigen Fahrzeuge, sprintet der Franzose noch einmal los, als habe er keine fast zwei Tonnen zu bewegen, als würden keine physikalischen Hindernisse wie Luftwiderstand oder Reibwerte bestehen.

Der Wagen veranstaltet dabei keinen Radau, wie das etwa die italienischen Boliden gerne tun, sondern macht das ruhig, gelassen, souverän. Und das ist gleichzeitig auch das Gefährliche am Bugatti: Der Fahrer fühlt sich vielleicht vorschnell vertraut mit diesem Gefährt, weil es sich beinahe so einfach fahren lässt wie sein Konzern-Bruder Golf. Dazu ist er ausgesprochen komfortabel: Die Federung ist entgegen aller Sportwagen-Weisheiten nicht knochenhart, der Abrollkomfort lässt sich mit jenem von Limousinen, der Geräuschpegel beschränkt auch mit Geschwindigkeiten über 300 km/h (!) auf ein leises Säuseln. Dazu kommt ein Fahrwerk, das aufgrund seiner Konfiguration sowie diverser elektronischer Hilfen so ziemlich alles verzeiht, was der Fahrer anstellt; gegen die physikalischen Gesetze können aber alle computergesteuerten Helferlein nicht ankommen, auch in einem millionenteuren Auto nicht. Gewaltig sind die Bremsen: Ein beherzter Tritt auf das Pedal, und man hat das Gefühl, gegen eine Wand gefahren zu sein. Die Lenkung, die bis 250 km/h elektrohydraulisch unterstützt wird, wirkt etwas leichtgängig. Die Sitze sind ausgezeichnet, die Sitzposition ebenfalls.

Fragen nach Serien- und Sonderausstattungen stellen sich für den Bugatti nicht: Es ist schlicht alles vorhanden, es gibt keine Aufpreisliste. Hingegen können natürlich Sonderwünsche angemeldet werden – möglich ist so ziemlich alles, der Phantasie sind nur wenige Grenzen gesetzt. Aus der Schweiz soll bisher nur gerade eine Bestellung vorliegen. Wie viele Autos weltweit schon verkauft worden sind, darüber will Bugatti im elsässischen Molsheim keine genauen Auskünfte machen».

Es gab den Bugatti Veyron als Standard-Modell, als offenen Grand Sport, als leistungsgesteigerten Super Sport sowie auch noch dessen offene Variante Grand Sport Vitesse; die Sonder-Editionen und Einzelanfertigungen sind Legion. Wir werden auf alle eingehen in dieser ständig wachsenden Sammlung – die Bilder oben stammen «001», dem ersten Serien-Veyron-16.4 von 2006.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4:

Chassis-Nummer: VF9SA15BX6M795013 (2006)

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, New York 2023, verkauft für 1’490’000 Dollar, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «This exceptional Veyron 16.4, chassis number 013, is immensely stylish with its Silver and Dark Blue metallic two-tone color scheme over a sumptuous Grenadine leather interior with optional sport seats. The second Veyron built for the United States market, it was originally delivered to Florida and has subsequently been registered in Pennsylvania and Montana. Invoices on file dating back to 2009 document the tens of thousands of dollars spent over the years to maintain this spectacular machine. In September 2023, the car received its latest annual service, and in May 2022, four new tires were mounted. Just 3,022 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloging».

Chassis-Nummer: VF9SA15B36M795015 (2006)

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Monaco 2012, Schätzpreis 690’000 bis 790’000 Euro, nicht verkauft.

Chassis-Nummer: VF9SA15BX6M795027 (2006)

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2009, Schätzpreis 1’000’000 bis 1’200’000 Dollar, nicht verkauft.

Chassis-Nummer: VF9SA25C68M795060 (2008)

Auktion: RM Sotehby’s, Dare to Dream 2024, Schätzpreis 1’500’000 bis 1’750’000 Dollar, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «Sporting a stratospheric price tag well north of one million dollars, these masterpieces were reserved only for the moneyed few. The Veyron 16.4 on offer here is no exception, having been first owned by renowned British media kingpin, Simon Cowell. Purchased straight off the Beverly Hills showroom floor in early 2008, Cowell’s Veyron was instantly known to Los Angeles’ glitterati as exploding flash bulbs and gawking crowds seemed to follow at every haughty stop. During a 2011 appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Cowell detailed his infatuation with the car, saying the Veyron “beckoned him” upon first seeing it and facetiously stating that since he was so regularly chauffeured, he had only driven the car twice. Cowell clearly enjoyed his Bugatti more than he was letting on, as he added just over 1,000 miles during his tenure before selling to the Dare to Dream Collection in 2014. The car has received expert care under the Collection’s decade-long curation and is accompanied by maintenance invoices and copies of documents relating to Cowell’s ownership».

Chassis-Nummer: 795067 (2008)

Verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr. (3100 Meilen).

Chassis-Nummer: 795069 (2007)

Verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr. (674 Meilen).

Chassis-Nummer: 795091 (2007)

Verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr. (11’630 Meilen).

Chassis-Nummer: VF9SA15B96M795097 (2007)

Auktion: Artcurial, Le Mans 2023, verkauft für 1’385’000 Euro, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «This Bugatti Veyron is one of 81 examples that left Molsheim’s factories in 2007, with a total of only 252 units produced for this model. Its first owner, a Belgian enthusiast, registered it on the 25th April 2007 and a plate affixed inside the car shows that this is the 3rd Veyron produced for Belgium. Its breathtaking design is highlighted by a colour combination that skilfully blends metallic bluish black and metallic blue. As for the interior, it offers an astonishing luxury, with its optional sports seats in black and grey quilted leather, its aluminium-framed speedometers with the rev counter in the centre, the speedometer graduated up to 420 km/h and the performance counter peaking at 1,001 hp! The central console recaptures the appearance of corked aluminium in tribute to the Bugatti Grand Prix dashboards of the 1920s; It’s also worth mentioning the „EB“ initials on the three-spoke steering wheel hub or on the bucket seats. Registered in 2019 in the Netherlands and totalling 8,412 km during our inspection, the car had a service at Bugatti in November 2022 when the mileage was at 8,382 km».

Chassis-Nummer: VF9SA15C08M795100 (2008)

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, London 2012, verkauft für 579’600 Pfund, aus der Sammlung von Wim Zegwaard, damals 669 Kilometer.

Chassis-Nummer: 795131 (2008)

Verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr. (4037 Meilen), angeboten mit folgendem Text: «Believed to be one of only four Black cars in the United States, with unique colour coding upgrades carried out by the supplying dealer with new parts from Bugatti at a cost of over $64,000, which didn’t include the wheels. Only two owners from new and its service history is fully detailed, with services completed by Bugatti-authorised dealers in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015, with new tyres fitted in 2013».

Chassis-Nummer: 795137 (2008)

Verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr. (1600 Meilen).

Chassis-Nummer: 795141 (2008)

Verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr. (14’744 Meilen).

Chassis-Nummer: 795143 (2010)

Verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr. (1871 Meilen). Kommt (Ende Mai 2024) bei Bring A Trailer zur Versteigerung, hat unterdessen schon 5500 Meilen auf dem Tacho.

Chassis-Nummer: 795144 (2008)

Zwei Mal verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr. (3355/5577 Meilen), angeboten mit folgendem Text: «This particular car is the result of a strong design collaboration with Bugatti and the car’s first owner. Every detail was meticulously and thoughtfully chosen, including its stunning jet black paint, Alcantara door panels (the only car to have such) and Alcantara on the bottom of the dash (the very first to have this installed). In addition, matching colour Alcantara headlining and central tunnel were specified along with comfort seats, heated seats, Bugatti logo to the seats and black brake callipers».

Chassis-Nummer: 795219 (2010)

Verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr. (2031 Meilen).

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport:

Chassis-Nummer: 795033 (2010)

Verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr. (6524 Meilen).

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport:

Chassis-Nummer: 795018 (2010)

Verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr. (4350 Meilen), angeboten mit folgendem Text: «Special Blue & White Silver with Beige & Blue Indigo. This example, one of only 48 Super Sports ever produced, is a one owner car from new that’s been maintained throughout its life by the factory».

Chassis-Nummer: VF9SG2C27DM795300 (2013)

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Arizona 2017, verkauft für 2’090’000 Dollar, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «This Veyron was purchased new by its first owner and delivered in August 2012 as one of 48 Super Sports constructed and only eight examples built to U.S. specifications. As a “Super Sport,” it has 200 more horsepower, larger turbos, and two additional fuel pumps, and it is 100 pounds lighter and slightly re-styled, with larger, re-shaped intakes. The Super Sport also boasts distinctive NACA ducts on the roof, replacing the more traditional air intakes fitted to its roof. It retains chassis number 300 and would thus be the last of the coupes, which were limited to 300 units. It was born as one of forty-eight 1,200-horsepower Veyron 16.4 Super Sports and was one of eight delivered new to the United States, perhaps being the only example in this color combination. As evidenced by documentation accompanying the car, 269 of the current miles driven were accumulated by Bugatti at Molsheim during Bugatti’s standard and extensive pre-delivery testing. As a result, it is presented in virtually as-new condition. Since its delivery, it has been very well preserved and regularly maintained. Braman Bugatti in Miami carried out its annual service in November 2013, and it received another annual service by them in May 2015. The Veyron was acquired by the current vendor in August 2015 and was serviced by Bentley Beverly Hills in May of this year. Of note, just last year, this Super Sport traveled to Geneva at the request of Bugatti, where it was displayed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, alongside the very first Veyron, chassis number 001 (formerly this Super Sport’s stablemate), in a celebration of the Veyron’s 10-year production run».

Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Grand Sport Vitesse:

Chassis-Nummer: VF9SV2C24DM795020 (2013, bekannt als «Le Ciel Californien»)

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2014, verkauft für 2’420’000 Dollar. Angeboten mit folgendem Text: «The 2013 Grand Sport Vitesse presented here was not immediately delivered to its first and only owner after it was built, as it was retained by Bugatti themselves for promotional purposes, more specifically to be the first Grand Sport Vitesse officially shown in the United States. Looking to show customers that they are cognizant of their past, while also simultaneously looking towards the future, the company chose to model the car’s color scheme off of a particular grand-prix-winning 1928 Type 37A that was raced by Pierre Veyron and is currently owned by car collector and comedian Jay Leno, and as a result, the car was finished in a two-tone exterior scheme of white over light blue. Following its completion, its first destination from the factory in Molsheim was the Monterey Peninsula, where it was displayed by Bugatti during festivities surrounding the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Also of interest, the car’s data tag lists its location of delivery as “Pebble Beach, 2012,” to commemorate the special occasion.

Chassis-Nummer: VF9SV25244M795046 (2014)

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Cliveden House 2024, Schätzpreis 2’000’000 bis 2’500’000 Pfund, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «Just 92 Grand Sport Vitesse chassis were constructed between 2012 and 2015, of which this stunning example is understood to be the 46th produced. Exquisitely finished in exposed Blue/Black carbon fibre with Tangerine leather interior, the car was equipped with a lavish option package totalling some €375,500 which, in addition to its bespoke exterior finish, included anodised Blue brake calipers, a powder coated engine cover, black nanocoated magnesium components and quilted seats. It is understood that “046” was originally intended for delivery to Japan, as evidenced by its chassis plate, but the order appears not to have been completed. However, by January 2015 the car had arrived at the London showrooms of H.R. Owen and, following a service inspection by Bugatti London, was promptly sold to its UK-based first owner. Further services were performed by Bugatti London in February 2016 and January 2017; the second of which showed the car to have covered just 2,908 kilometres, and included the fitment of four new tyres. In 2017, chassis 046 was acquired by the vendor, by which time it had been fitted with a desirable QuickSilver titanium exhaust system, and had benefitted from Paint Protection Film (PPF) being applied to its bodywork. During the current ownership, additional Bugatti London services were carried out in March 2019, February 2022 and April 2024; the most recent at a cost of some £27,000».

Chassis-Nummer: 795073 (2014)

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Paris 2019, Schätzpreis 1’575’000 bis 1’800’000 Euro, nicht verkauft, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «Instead of being allocated for a specific customer order, this particular Grand Sport Vitesse, the 73rd of 92 examples produced, was built for Bugatti themselves to be used as a display car at corporate and promotional events. Built to EU specifications, it boasts a unique configuration within Veyron production and is finished in two-tone Porsche Carrera White and Blue. Exterior options include painted air intakes and two-tone Super Sport wheels. Inside, the interior is trimmed in Lake Blue leather with white stitching and is fitted with sport comfort-style seats as well as a carbon fibre centre console and door inserts. Produced in early 2014, this Grand Sport Vitesse appeared at a Bugatti event at Bassano del Grappa in Italy in July of that year, and at an event in Porto Cervo later that month. It left Bugatti’s ownership in August of 2014 when it was delivered to its first private owner via Bugatti Cannes. It was first registered in Lithuania prior to being reregistered in Monaco. The accompanying service book shows regular services by Bugatti Cannes at 991 km in October of 2015, 1,197 km in November of 2016 and 1,498 km in December of 2017. Currently, the car shows just under 2,750 km from new».

Chassis-Nummer: VF9SV25265M795079 (2014)

Auktion: Sotheby’s Sealed (Mai 2024), angeboten mit folgendem Text: «This Grand Sport Vitesse was specially commissioned by its original owner who was inspired by his love of the Transformers film franchise. The car features numerous one-off Transformers-themed features both inside and out, making for a truly unforgettable automobile. Acquired by its current owner eight years ago, it has been driven just under 5,200 km from new and presents in excellent condition throughout».

Sonder-Editionen und Einzelstücke:

Grand Sport «Bleu Nuit» (2011)
Chassis-Nummer: VF9SK2C24BM795010

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, New York 2013, verkauft für 2’310’000 Dollar, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «A total of 150 Grand Sports were made, of which this car is a one-off, fully custom commission by its original and present owner, who took delivery in late 2010. Dubbed Bleu Nuit, or “Blue Night,” by the factory, this car (chassis 4.010, identification number VF9SK2C24BM795010) was inspired by another factory one-off, the Sang Bleu, which featured blue-tinted carbon fiber bodywork. Bleu Nuit combines dark blue carbon fiber with polished aluminum inner inserts and upper front bumpers, with the lower front bumper painted silver metallic and unique “Bleu Nuit” script on the doors. A plethora of factory options includes blue brake calipers, fuel and oil caps painted a matching deep blue with “EB” logos and aluminum screws, aluminum polished roof rails, deep blue air intakes, and deep blue “Pur Sang” wheels, which were not available for purchase on the standard Grand Sport. Since its owner took delivery, Bleu Nuit has been exceptionally well-maintained in his respected private collection, and it remains virtually as-new, with less than 350 miles».

Grand Sport «Sang Blanc»
Chassis-Nummer: 795012 (2010)

Verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr. (722 Meilen).

Grand Sport «Sang Bleu»
Chassis-Nummer: VF9SK2C2XAM795043 (2010)

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Miami 2024, verkauft für 3’085’000 Dollar, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «To properly celebrate its 100th anniversary at Pebble Beach in August 2009, Bugatti unveiled the featured car, a one-off iteration of the Grand Sport dubbed the Grand Sport “Sang Bleu.” Evoking the spirit of the French Racing Blue worn by many successful Bugatti racecars, the Sang Bleu (literally translating as Blue Blood) was cosmetically finished with a beautiful two-tone exterior, but this time the color scheme was not executed with paint. The conceptual choice was made to reveal these colors through unfinished materials alone, so the hood and rear section of the car were bodied in exposed carbon fiber treated in royal blue, while the front fenders, door panels, and the distinctive C-shaped character scoop were finished in polished aluminum. In combination, the two materials present with a fantastic flair that lend this Grand Sport an opulent, machine-like presence. Additional design cues specific to the Sang Bleu include the finishing of the engine intakes in matching royal blue, and the fitting of two-tone wheels in royal blue over diamond cut. The cockpit was trimmed in plush Gaucho leather, emitting a warmth that wonderfully complements the cool metallic exterior. Chassis number 043 was initially presented to great acclaim during the 2009 Monterey car week, on the famous Concept Car Lawn at the Pebble Beach lodge. It handsomely bolstered the concours d’elegance’s wonderful assortment of Bugattis that celebrated the centenary date, including an uber-rare Type 41 Royale. Following Pebble Beach, the Sang Bleu was used as an exhibition car at a small number of official Bugatti promotional events, including a private preview at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Sang Bleu now claims a mild life of careful and minimal use, having been acquired by its first private owner in 2011 before passing to the consignor two years later. Displaying just 2,793 miles at the time of cataloguing».

Super Sport «Sang Noir»
Chassis-Nummer: 795002 (2012)

Verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr. (1394 Meilen).

Wir haben einige neue Sammlungen von modernen Hypercars begonnen, schon vorhanden sind Koenigsegg und Pagani.

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