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Bugatti, History and Renaissance - Prologue

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Antonio Eiras

PROLIFIC AND GENIAL

 

Grandson of Giovanni, an Italian architect, and son of Carlo, designer and furniture craftsman, Ettore Bugatti would prove to be the most prolific and brilliant creator of his family. Ettore was undoubtedly one of the pioneers of industrial design, and the more than five hundred patents he has registered have made him a genius of mechanical engineering in the first decades of the twentieth century.

 

At the height of his fame, Ettore did not forget his younger brother, Rembrandt, a sculptor by profession, who had committed suicide in 1916, and used as a symbol of the Royale, an of the countless animal sculptures his brother had created, an elephant perched on its hind legs.

 

Irremediably marked by the premature death of his son Jean, and shaken by endless adversities, Ettore could not recover and would die in 1947. His succession was ensured by Roland, one of the four children of its first marriage.

 

However, after a long process and successive economic problems, Bugatti Automobiles was integrated, in 1963, in the Hispano Suiza Society, which would give rise, some years later, to Messier-Hispano-Bugatti.

 

For about 30 years the name Bugatti seemed definitely linked to the noblest past in the history of the automobile.

The union of the enthusiasm of some Italian industrialists, with Michel Bugatti, one of the two sons of Ettore's second marriage, made the dream of the many enthusiasts of the brand come true. The new Bugatti EB110 came to receive the testimony and ensure the continuity of the lineage, as noble and unconditional as any of its predecessors had been. Conceived without compromise, this model embodies the spirit with which Ettore and his son Jean created the first Bugatti.

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Bugatti, History and Renaissance - Prologue

by

Antonio Eiras

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