A technological tour de force, Volkswagen arguably kicked off the modern hypercar era when it launched the epic 400km/h Bugatti Veyron 16.4 in 2005.
The original coupe Veyron was built between 2005 and 2011, while the Grand Sport (2009-2015), Super Sport (2010-2011), and Grand Sport Vitesse (2012-2015) all followed. All up some 450 Veyrons and special editions were sold, rounded out by a special Grand Sport Vitesse called La Finale.
Bugatti showed off a targa-roofed edition of the Veyron at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, with 150 of the open-top Grand Sport models being offered to the public in 2009. While the regular Veyrons were already pretty mental pieces of equipment Bugatti started building special editions in 2010, with the 883kW, 431km/h Super Sport kicking things off.
As Bugatti only built 30 Veyron Super Sports the French manufacturer soon offered the targa-roofed Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, for those aristocrats who like to spend 10 minutes just saying the name of their latest hypercar. There were 92 Grand Sport Vitesse models sold, while they also built several special edition Grand Sport Vitesse models including the Vitesse SE, Vitesse World Record Car (of which eight were built), as well as a run of special editions based around famous French racing drivers.
The base Veyron cost over US$1,750,000 when new, but easily sell for more than this today as collectors recognise the provenance of the first production car to break the 400km/h barrier. Average prices for standard Veyron 16.4 coupes sit around US$3,000,000 per car, though insurance valuations for special editions like the limited-edition Super Sport sit well over US$5,000,000 per-car!
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