1994 Bugatti EB110 GT

 

  • Ultra rare and appreciating supercar 
  • Faster than an F40, less expensive than a McLaren F1
  • Four turbos, four wheel drive, 542bhp and 343km/h
  • Still available for what it cost new almost 20 years ago

 

 

 

Insert the key with its huge leather ‘EB’ fob, and the V12 starts instantly with a muted rasp but accompanied by plenty of mechanical whir from behind…After a few laps, I feel confident enough to nail the throttle on the short straights, and the performance takes on another dimension. The explosive delivery is awesome as the combined thrust and traction launch the EB110 NASA-style to the next turn…The engine note transforms into a distinctive snarl at the top end, but more interesting is the dramatic flutter of the wastegastes when you come off the throttle into bends.

Today the Italian Bugatti looks great value, particularly when you consider that you could buy most of the SS production for the price of an F1.” Mick Walsh, Classic & Sports Car, June 2014

The Bugatti EB110 benefitted from the talents of engineer Paolo Stanzani and stylist Marcello Gandini, co-creators of the iconic Lamborghini Countach. Beneath the skin there were similarities, the short-stroke V12 engine with forward mounted gearbox having been pioneered on the Sant’Agata supercar. Had the EB110 stopped there it would have constituted a remarkable enough debut for a fledgling manufacturer, but Stanzani added five valves per cylinder, four turbochargers, a bespoke six-speed gearbox and four-wheel drive. A carbonfibre chassis built by Aerospatiale, compact overall dimensions and excellent traction combined to ensure exceptional agility, grip and balance no matter what the conditions.  With 542bhp available, the Bugatti EB110 could reach 100km/h from standstill in less than 4 seconds on its way to 343km/h, eclipsing the Ferrari F40 as Italy’s flagship supercar of the 1990s. While, understandably, headline writers emphasised its performance to the exclusion of almost everything else except the price ($456,000), the EB110 was also a well built product possessing a roomy and lavishly equipped interior. We have verified from factory records that 102 examples of the EB110 GT model (17 experimental cars + 84 production cars) and 38 of the stripped out SS variant (4 experimental, 4 racing + 30 production cars) were built, 1992-1995, for a grand total of 140 Bugatti EB110s of all types. That’s about a tenth of Ferrari F40 production, by comparison, making it considerably rarer than any of its rivals except the contemporary McLaren F1. Michael Schumacher tested an EB110 against its rivals for a German magazine and was so impressed that he bought one for himself.

Chassis ‘39052’ is offered from private European ownership and shares garage space with an EB110 SS which its custodian has decided might be regarded as extravagant. He has therefore decided to part with the GT, a car he describes as mechanically ‘perfect’ with servicing during his tenure completed by B Engineering in Campogalliano, Italy (staffed by the car’s original build team) at a cost of €11,800. The car will again be serviced by them prior to delivery to the new owner. The total mileage covered to date is 17,000km. French registered therefore EU tax paid, this EB110 GT is elegant in silver with matching grey leather, looks fabulous value compared to its contemporaries (think 288GTO, F40, 959 and 993GT2 for starters) and will reward the keen driver with useable performance which even now few cars can challenge. Having just driven one to Monaco and back, we know!