It’s not surprising for the French hypercar manufacturer, Bugatti, to sell cars at extremely high-end prices but its latest supercar was bought at a whopping 18.9 million dollars, making it the most expensive brand new car built and sold.
Bugatti brought its latest creation from Molsheim to the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. They’re calling the grandeur hypercar the La Voiture Noire.
The company did not provide details about the buyer but only described him as a “Bugatti enthusiast” fascinated by the Atlantic, and is making the Black Car an ideal part of their collection.
La Voiture Noire, which means the black car, is said to be Bugatti’s tribute to the original Bugatti Atlantic, a coach-built car built on Bugatti’s Type 57SC platform between 1936 and 1938.
But, what surprisingly drives the price up is the fancier design and scarcity of the vehicle. The Bugatti La Voiture Noire is the only vehicle in the market.
Being a one-off car, everything from tip to tail is entirely custom, and the overall shape screams traditional Bugatti. It’s wide hips and flowing rear C-pillar are the staple of the brand’s identity, accented by aerodynamic arches and an aggressive front end, complete with the horseshoe center grille.
A raised centerline stands out on the Voiture Noire, an element pinched from the Atlantic and integrated into its younger brother’s styling. The vehicle’s windshield wiper is even used to extend the line into the windscreen and continue flowing at the roof.
In the rear, Bugatti has chosen a different approach from its usual models. The tail light design proceeds to follow a continuous flow, and the Bugatti name is illuminated. Aerodynamics continue to section off the rear and surround not two, not four, but six individual exhaust tips.
Teal brake calipers are caged by wireframe wheels. The vehicle’s tires receive a coat of silver-colored paint from extending the design of the wheel into the tire’s sidewall.
“Every single component has been handcrafted and the carbon fibre body has a deep black gloss only interrupted by the ultrafine fibre structure. This is a material that has been handled perfectly,” said Etienne Salomé, a designer at Bugatti. “We worked long and hard on this design until was nothing that we could improve. For us, the coupé represents the perfect form with a perfect finish.
Historically, Bugatti made four examples of the Atlantic. However, one of the four vehicles disappeared shortly before the German invasion of France during World War II. Its whereabouts remain unknown.
The Type 57 SC Atlantic was designed by Jean Bugatti, son of Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti, at a time when the bodies for most high-end cars were created by separate body makers rather than by the automobile companies themselves.
Unlike other vehicles, the $19 million Bugatti La Voiture Noire will have the exact inverse value curve of a regular car: it’ll start to appreciate rather than depreciate the moment it’s delivered, and after 20 or so years, it’s likely to be an even more desired and exceptional art/status/wealth piece.
Today, the three existing Bugatti Atlantic can be worth more than $50 million, according to Hagerty Insurance, a company that tracks collector car values.
While Bugatti didn’t make any performance enhancements relative to the Chiron or Divo, the hypercars preceding it, the La Voiture Noire has the same quad-turbo setup and produces the same power output: 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque.
A Bugatti Chiron, the brand’s basic model, costs about $3 million; the Divo, still the best-performing car the brand offers, costs a comparably tame $5.7 million. Though, with limited high-end supercars, all 40 of which are already sold to existing Chiron owners upon announcement.
While Bugatti’s official documentation says that it sold the work of art for an already eye-watering $12.5 million (11 million euros), CEO Stephan Winkelmann presented the Voiture Noire at Geneva and noted that that buyer paid $18.9 million (16.7 million euros) for the car, including taxes.