Bugatti Restores Its Very First Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Prototype

Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport prototype
Restored Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport prototype - Image: Alex Howe

Feeling old? You will now… Bugatti has treated its very first Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport prototype to a full restoration and the 2008 supercar looks pretty hot…

The 13-year-old convertible joined the marques ‘La Maison Pur Sang’ program, launched at the 2020 Paris Rétromobile Show, designed to restore model authenticity and preserving historic and contemporary classic models for the enjoyment of future generations.

Operating exclusively at Bugatti’s Molsheim headquarters, the ‘La Maison Pur Sang’ programme verifies the authenticity of models of all ages from Bugatti’s illustrious history. The programme also offers customers and collectors an intensive range of restoration and reconfiguration options.

Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport prototype
Restored Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport prototype – Image: Alex Howe

The ‘Pur Sang’ manifesto, meaning ‘thoroughbred’ or ‘pure blood,’ was used by company-founder Ettore Bugatti to encapsulate his creations’ highest possible technical, performance, and aesthetic standards. This harmony of speed, elegance, safety, and comfort has held fast for all Bugatti models throughout the decades.

In 2020 Bugatti managed to reacquire the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport 2.1, repatriating it with Molsheim, where it became the first model to undergo the new ‘La Maison Pur Sang’ program. To do this, a complete strip-down was undertaken.

Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport prototype
Restored Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport prototype – Image: Alex Howe

The car’s originality was confirmed not just through inspection of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), but also by confirming the correctness of the identification numbers stamped upon key components.

The classic team spent four months restoring the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport 2.1 to its original 2008 launch specification including removal, preparing, and repainting the body panels. Inside, the cabin was completely refurbished, with new leather trim and a refresh of all leather and aluminium parts. A new centre console was also fitted to match that of the car’s original configuration 1.0.

Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport prototype
Restored Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport prototype – Image: Alex Howe

La Maison Pur Sang programme boss, Luigi Galli explained:
“Following this official confirmation of the car’s status as an important historic model and the prototype that helped launch the Veyron Grand Sport in 2008, the car rapidly attracted attention from a number of captivated collectors, and was acquired almost immediately.”

luigi galli
Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport prototype – luigi galli

Not only does it look fast, but the Bugatti is also lightning quick boasting 987bhp and screaming from 0-62mph in less than 2.7s. The maximum speed is 253mph with its roof intact and an impressive 224mph with its roof down.

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