Bugatti Builds the “Most Expensive New Car”—And It’s Inspired By a Mysterious Disappearance

Luxury carmaker Bugatti has revealed the “the most expensive new car of all time”, the La Voiture Noire, at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The gorgeous “black car”, which is what its French name translates to, was sold to an anonymous aficionado for, oh, just €11 million. And that’s before tax. With all the additional payments, the total moolah that the secret buyer paid for the car goes up to €16.7 million.

With that price tag, the La Voiture Noire succeeds the Rolls-Royce Sweptail as the most expensive car, which was sold back in 2017 for over €10 million.

Worth the millions? Well, the Bugatti’s body is crafted out of carbon fibre and houses a 16-cylinder mill. The body is practically seamless, as the bumper is integrated into it and the windscreen appears to extend to the side windows, mimicking a helmet’s visor.

The La Voiture Noire is based on the Bugatti Type 57, designed by the founder’s son, Jean Bugatti, back in the thirties. Only four of the Type 57 SC Atlantic were ever made, one of them in a glossy black finish, hence the colour and finish of the La Voiture Noire. That particular Type 57 SC Atlantic went missing during WWII, when it was sent somewhere ‘safe’—so safe that it has not been found until today. And this is why the La Voiture Noire is so very special.

Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann likens the La Voiture Noire to “the haute couture of exclusive Paris fashion designers” and describes the car as “a feast of aesthetics”. Unfortunately, since there’s only one, it’s a meal that even the wealthy can only look at but never eat.

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