On his 114th birthday, Jean Bugatti’s influence is still present in the brand.
One of the most historic, legendary, and respected brands in the automotive industry, Bugatti has made some of the world’s most desired cars for over a century. However, one of the greatest eras in its early history is the one in which Jean Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti’s first son, designed the vehicles. Born on January 15, 1909, his 114th birthday will be very soon. Throughout his life, he was imbued in automotive excellence, and quickly showed his skill in creating incredible cars. It was in 1926 when he designed the Type 41 Royale Roadster Edsers, and in 1936 at the age of 27 when he was given full responsibility of Bugatti by Ettore.
It wasn’t long after when the Type 57 SC Atlantic was created, the legendary car that inspired the La Voiture Noire, and possibly the most important, valuable, and talked-about historic Bugatti of all time. The car was an important landmark of the Art Deco design era, and other signatures Jean Bugatti came up with, like the C-line, became sources of inspiration that would remain in Bugatti’s lexicon even a century later into its modern era, showing up on cars of today like the Veyron and Chiron, and being a core part of Bugatti’s identity. The same goes for the use of two-tone paintwork, and both of these design features can be seen on the newly-unveiled Bugatti Chiron Profilée, the one-off Chiron variant that never made it to full production, which will be auctioned in Paris on February 1. Jean Bugatti’s influence is very present in this incredible car, and as the brand celebrates his 114th birthday, it will be just as present in the brand’s future.