Bugatti has sold its 400th Veyron more than eight years after the first example rolled out of the company’s Molsheim factory – which means that now only 50 examples of the 12-cylinder, 200mph supercar will be available. Since 2005, 300 tin-top Veyrons and 100 roadsters have been sold.
The 400th model was a ‘Wimille edition’ Grand Sport Vitesse, one of Bugatti’s six-part ‘Legends’ series of cars, each of which commemorates an individual who has had a lasting impact on the Bugatti brand. All of the remaining cars will be drop-tops so if you were looking to buy a new Veyron coupe, you’re too late.
Bugatti was founded more than 100 years ago in Molsheim, Alsace, and today belongs to the Volkswagen Group, which took over the rights to the brand in 1998.
Under the direction of then-boss Dr Ferdinand Piëch, they set about producing an ultra-high performance car with at least 1,000 horsepower and a top speed beyond 400kph (249mph). The result was the Veyron 16.4, with a W16 quad-turbo engine producing 987bhp (1,001PS) and 922lb ft of torque – good for 0-62mph in 2.5sec and a top speed of 253mph.