The Bugatti 'Vitesse Legend' Pays Tribute to a Pre-WW1 Bugatti Model

 - Apr 25, 2014
References: bugatti & gizmag
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Legend is the fifth of six 'Bugatti Legends' models. What makes this car unique is that its design is reminiscent of the Bugatti Type 18, a pre-World War model that featured a 90-horsepower, 5.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Type 18 was raced by Bugatti's founder Ettore Bugatti and seven specimens were built, only three of which exist today. The car was once the fastest road car of its time, reaching speeds of 160 km/h.

The model was eventually sold to race car driver Ivy Cummings, who named it 'Black Bess' after the famous English racehorse.

The 'new' Black Bess -- the Grand Sport Vitesse Legend -- has a carbon fiber body finished with a black paint job and 24-carat gold horseshoe grille surrounded by gold-painted highlights, mimicking the black-and-gold look of the original Type 18. The car's tank and oil caps are engraved with the words 'Black Bess.'