Chiron Sport ‘110 Ans Bugatti' is a Love-Letter to French cars

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Bugatti have barely delivered the first Chiron Sport, and they are already revealing an all new model, the Chiron Sport ‘110 Ans Bugatti' to celebrate 110th anniversary of Ettore Bugatti first car the - Type 10. They will only build 20, they will be very expensive and likely sell out nearly instantly.

Based on the Chiron Sport, the '110 Ans Bugatti' loses the two-tone paint job for a stunning 'Steel Blue matte' finish with French tricolour accents on the wing mirrors and the massive rear-wing. There is also a special fuel tank cap, featuring the '110 Ans Bugatti' logo, the element is made of sand-blasted aluminium which is then hand-polished.

The wheels are painted in Nocturne matte black which contrast nicely with the French Racing Blue brake calipers . Add to it a ton of carbon-fibre and in my humble opinion it's the prettiest 'Bug' of the Veyron era.

On the inside the theme of blue and the French tricolour continues, especially with the French Racing Blue leather and dark alcantara seats with the tricolour accent running down the middle. There is also a Tricolour element at the 12 o'clock position on the steering wheel.

The 8.0 litre quad-turbocharged W16 power train remained unchanged but with 1500PS and 1600NM of torque, we think it's good enough as it is.

The Type 10

While I'm no Bugatti expert I need to drop in a few words on the Type 10. Conceived in 1908 and finally build in 1909 the Type-10 was build in Ettore's basement, Ettore wanted it to be small, light and powerful enough to be competitive on the track.

In 1909 the car was finished, with a 2-seater roadster body it was truly light; coming in at just 365 kilograms. The 1.2 litre 4-cylinder engine with an over-head camshaft with 2 valves per-cylinder developed a respectable for the time 10PS. This allowed the Type 10 to reach speeds of 80kph.

Source: https://en.wheelsage.org/bugatti/type_10/pictures/295305/

The car was successful enough to push Ettore Bugatti to start his own car company, thus in 1910 he officially opened his factory in Molsheim.

Ettore kept the Type 10, his wife even used it as a 'daily' (if there even was such a thing back then) until 1939, despite the car being horribly out-dated at this point in time. In 1939 Ettore Bugatti restored the car and shortly after moved it his boatyard in Bordeoux where it remained throughout WW2.

The car was discovered by a French racing driver in the late 40's since it has been sold to a collector in Britain and in turn into a private collector in California, where it is until today. The US collector had the car restored again, this saw the axles and suspension components painted orange while the body work is silver. Quite amazingly the car is still operational and is presented to the public on occasion.

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