1994 Bugatti EB110 GT Coupé
Forty years after Ettore Bugatti’s death in 1947, the once legendary but moribund marque, one of the most renowned in automotive history, was acquired by ambitious Italian businessman Romano Artioli, whose aim was nothing less than a resurrection of Bugatti in the form of a state-of-the-art supercar. Artioli chose Modena, home to Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, as the place to build his modern factory from which the first completed production car rolled out in 1992. Designated ‘EB110’ (signifying its debut 110 years after Ettore’s birth) the first new Bugatti since the 1950s was an advanced mid-engined supercar acclaimed as worthy successor to its formidable antecedents.
The Bugatti EB110 was designed by none other than engineer Paolo Stanzani and stylist Marcello Gandini, co-creators of the exotic Lamborghini Countach. Beneath the skin there were similarities, the short-stroke V12 engine with forward mounted gearbox having been pioneered on the Countach. Had the EB110 stopped there it would have constituted a remarkable enough debut for a fledgling manufacturer, but to the already outstanding specification Stanzani added five valves per cylinder, four turbo-chargers, a bespoke six-speed gearbox and four-wheel drive! A carbon fibre 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 very well built product possessing a roomy and lavishly equipped interior. It is believed that 95 examples of the EB110 GT model (Michael Schumacher being one high profile owner) and 31 of the stripped out SS variant were built, 1992-1995, making it considerably rarer than any of its rivals except the contemporary McLaren F1.
This car, chassis ‘090’, was supplied new to collector and racer Fredy Lienhard in Switzerland on 5th November 1994, finished in Bugatti’s traditional racing blue with the model’s signature dove grey leather ‘Poltrona Frau’ upholstery. As a late production car, it benefits from “evolutions and lessons learned from earlier production cars, especially concerning the electronics” according to an independent pre-purchase report carried out for the current owner which is on file. First registered on 1st March 1995, the car then passed to a second Swiss-German before purchase in February 2005 by the current owner, one of Switzerland’s best known collectors. The mileage when acquired was 4,900km; the car has since been used sparingly, bringing the total covered to date to just 9,222 accident-free km.
This immaculate Bugatti EB110 GT is accompanied by its owners handbooks; warranty and service record; alarm manual; factory colour sales brochure and fitted, matching leather luggage. It is Swiss registered and ready to be enjoyed, an appreciating yet useable classic supercar.