2008 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4

• 1,001 hp, 7,993-cc quad-turbocharged W16 engine
• 7-speed DSG twin-clutch gearbox
• Haldex four-wheel drive
• Electrically adjustable independent suspension
• 4-wheel carbon-ceramic disc brakes
• Top speed of 253 mph
• Number 100 of 300 built
• One owner from new and less than 700 km from
new
• Offered from the Zegwaard Collection

Introduced in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron EB 16V rocketed from rest to 60 mph in a mind-boggling 2.47 seconds. In 2008, the sticker price for the Veyron, named after Pierre Veyron, co-driver of the winning Type 57C Bugatti in the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans, exceeded $1.8 million. It remains the most expensive production car ever conceived. At the time of its introduction, it was also the fastest production car at any price.

The Veyron was based on the Bentley Hunaudieres concept and was built at the Bugatti Atelier in Molsheim, FRA. It was designed by Hartmut Warkuss, with Jozef Kaban responsible for the body and Wolfgang Schreiber directing the engineering. If there is any doubt about the accomplishments of these men, the speed of 253.81 mph that was recorded at the Volkswagen test track was independently duplicated and verified by James May on the television show “Top Gear.”

All that speed and forced induction generates heat, and lots of it. As a result, the Veyron requires a total of 10 radiators. Three of the units cool the 1,001-hp engine and another three are for the heat exchangers, while the air conditioning, transmission, differential and engine oil each get one of their own. That heat is clearly a byproduct of the turbocharged power that allowed Road & Track to record 0–60 mph in a mere 2.6 seconds and the quarter mile in 10.2 seconds, at a scorching 143.6 mph. That speed comes despite the significant heft of 4,162 pounds — no doubt in part due to the 8-liter W16, those 10 radiators with plumbing, and the bevy of luxury fitments required by an owner spending a king’s ransom on a supercar that also includes more mundane items such as a stereo and air bags.

Finished in silver and dark metallic blue, as ordered by the vendor, who is also the original owner, this example has covered a mere 669 kilometers (415 miles) from delivery, all of which have been accrued exclusively by the Bugatti service team to whom the car was sent for its annual maintenance. Inside, this Veyron 16.4 is as pristine as one would expect, and this supercar comes complete with all service books, handbooks and its original keys, including the all-important top-speed key. All come in the specially made aluminum case, as was delivered new with every Bugatti Veyron.

Unquestionably a masterpiece of engineering and design, there can be no better example of what may be the finest, fastest, and most luxurious sporting car ever conceived. Being allowed the privilege of wearing the oval Bugatti badge indicates extraordinarily high standards, all of which the Veyron EB 16.4 has certainly met.

Colin Comer

Colin Comer - Editor at Large

Colin is the founder of Colin’s Classic Automobiles in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as SCM’s resident American car expert. His fascination with cars began at an early age, and according to him, he never grew out of it—nor does he wish to. Colin regularly appears on television, and he is the author of the books: “Million-Dollar Muscle Cars” and the “Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles.” A hands-on guy, Comer maintains an impressive collection of his own and is an avid vintage racer. He is a regular contributor to both Sports Car Market and American Car Collector magazines.

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