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Bugatti Veyron Jean Bugatti Edition Honors Brand’s Legendary Designer

Jeff Perez

Today we all associate Bugatti with the 1,200-horsepower, 250 mph monster of a machine that is the Veyron, and rightfully so. It’s already gone down in history as one of the most advanced high-performance vehicles ever built.

But back in 1934, there was another vehicle in the Bugatti lineup that was heralded as one of the most stunning, well-designed vehicles in all of history; the Type 57SC Atlantic. Designed by none other than Jean Bugatti, son of founder Ettore. This stunning design cemented the French automaker in automotive history before Jean’s untimely passing in 1939.

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In honor of the brand’s iconic designer, today, Bugatti unveiled its second vehicle in the “Legend” lineup; the Veyron Jean Bugatti Special Edition. The much anticipated follow-up to the Jean-Pierre Wimille Edition we saw a few weeks back.

Sitting atop the standard Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse body, the Jean Bugatti Edition features an 8.0-liter W16 good for close to 1,200 horsepower and a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 2.6 seconds.

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The silky smooth black carbon fiber exterior and mixed mocha interior, Bugatti says, were designed to “follow the concept of the Type 57SC Atlantic La Voiture Noire, as closely as possible.”

With only three of these very special editions ever leaving the factory, price for this icon will set back interested buyers just about $3M (€2.28M, £1.92M). Until then, you can catch this one-of-a-kind Veyron on display at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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