Bugatti claimed victory with a design award at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza 2019 in the ‘Concept Cars and Prototypes’ class at the weekend.
Voluptuous sunshine on the shores of Lake Como provided the beautiful surroundings for the much anticipated Concorso d’Eleganza, now one of the world’s most prestigious heritage events and this year celebrating ‘The Symphony of Engines – 90 Years of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este & BMW Automobiles‘.
Concept Cars and Prototypes
The majestic palaces of Este and Erbe, the Italian Renaissance gardens and the calm waters of the lake guarantee an exceptional experience. The competition focuses on the aesthetics of cars and recognises those that demonstrate a unique beauty and passion. Various prizes are awarded by the jury and the public depending on the categories. The Bugatti La Voiture Noire participated in the category ‘Concept Cars and Prototypes’.
The latest and more outlandish La Voiture Noire was originally unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this year and commenced the anniversary of Bugatti’s 110th anniversary. This unique model that has already been sold pays homage to the legendary Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic in black which mysteriously disappeared from the workshops in Molsheim during the Second World War.
La Voiture Noire takes the key elements of this historic Gran Turismo and keeps all the elements that make Bugatti hyper sports cars exceptional.
Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti CEO said:
“The Elegance Contest at the Villa d’Este is a major event for the world of luxury sports cars,” explains Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti CEO. “The models that can be seen here every year are iconic and the setting in which they are displayed could not be better!
“Bugatti’s unique model, the La Voiture Noire, with its exceptional lines and special character, has its place in the competition.”
The Missing La Voiture Noire
Jean Bugatti had the second Atlantic made for himself. Only he or a few selected friends, mainly Bugatti racing drivers, had the honour of sitting behind the large steering wheel of the coupé with chassis number 57 453.
Bugatti used ‘La Voiture Noire’ (the black car) with a front bumper and lower doors as a model for photos in brochures and a demonstration car for international motor shows such as those in Lyon and Nice.
Bugatti ‘La Voiture Noire’
In contrast to the other models, there is no trace of this car after 1938. It is not quite clear whether Jean Bugatti sold the car to a racing driver among his friends or whether it was moved to a safer region of France when the German army invaded Alsace, which is more probable.
However, one thing is clear – the second Atlantic built has not been found to this day. Its disappearance is one of the great mysteries in the history of the automobile. Experts estimate the value of the Atlantic at more than €100 million – if it ever appears again.