Following a revival of the Bugatti brand in 1998, and the eventual arrival of the Veyron in 2005, the French manufacturer was well on its way to becoming a household name. And in less than 10 years, it was. But before the Veyron and the newly-released Chiron, there was another attempt at reviving the then defunct Bugatti with something nearly as extreme.
This is the EB110 GT, you may have heard of it. It was introduced in 1994 after the company had been kickstarted by Italian entrepreneur Romano Artily. Artily acquired the rights to the name ten years earlier, and had a vision to not only revive the storied brand, but its legendary performance spirit along with it.
The look of the EB110 was penned by former Lamborghini designers Paolo Stanzani and Marcello Gandini, both of whom had designed icons like the Miura and Countach. It was built in a brand new facility in Modena, Italy, and was introduced as a concept in 1993.
Only 139 examples were produced between 1991 and 1995, of those original owners Michael Schumacher was one. But now with the Veyron and Chiron taking up a larger portion of the Bugatti market share, the EB110 is becoming rarer by the minute. This one is coming up for auction on November 25th, at Duemila Ruote in Milan, Italy, coinciding with the Milano AutoClassica classic and sports car show.
Little information is given as to this exceedingly beautiful example. We do know that it wears a signature Bugatti light blue exterior and features the original 3.5-liter quad-turbo V12 engine. In GT spec, as seen here, the EB110 was good for 552 horsepower (412 kilowatts) and a 0-60 mph (96 kmh) time of under three seconds — though buyers could opt for a more powerful 611-horsepower (455-kilowatt) SS version if they so chose.
This one is going up for auction without reserve, though, don’t expect it to come cheap. Previous examples of the EB110 have sold for well over $600,000 at an auction setting.
Source: RM Sotheby's