Ten years after its debut, the first Bugatti Veyron, the spec-overloaded supercar that’s still a standard bearer for performance and prestige, will be auctioned during Classic Car Week in Monterey, California.
Consider the initial Bugatti Veyron #001 performance numbers: 987 horsepower, 16 cylinders, 4 turbochargers, 10 radiators and a top speed of 253 miles per hour.
RM Auctions is set to auction the Bugatti, and the speculation is that it could sell for between $1.8-$2.4 million.
The first Bugatti Veyron may be 10 years old, but its engine has barely been revved. It has been driven only 764 miles.
Monterey Auto Week will be held Aug. 10-16 at various locations on the Monterey Peninsula. The RM Auctions portion of the gathering will be held Aug. 14-15 at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey.
The Bugatti Veyron will be among 200 vehicles auctioned. Preview passes are $40; a $300 bidder registration includes two preview passes, two auction passes and includes an auction catalog.
The first Bugatti Veyron was initially displayed in April 2006 and its complications were astounding.
The transmission is a dual-clutch direct-shift gearbox computer-controlled with seven fear ratios. It has magnesium paddles behind the steering wheel and a shift time of less than 150 milliseconds.
The Bugatti Veyron can be driven in either semi-automatic or fully automatic mode. replacement transmission costs more than $120,000. It also has permanent all-wheel drive and uses run-flat tires that cost an estimated $25,000 per set.
The car’s wheelbase 106.7 inches and its overall length is 175.7 inches. It’s 78.7 inches wide and 47.4 inches tall.
Designed and developed by the German Volkswagen Group and produced by Bugatti Automobiles SAS at their headquarters in Château St. Jean in Molsheim, France, the Veyron’s chief designer was Hartmut Warkuss. The exterior was designed by Jozef Kabaň of Volkswagen.
The car is named after French racing driver Pierre Veyron, who won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1939 while racing for the original Bugatti company.
For additional information on the Bugatti Veyron and other vehicles available or auction, visit: https://www.rmauctions.com.