Bugatti has been creating the ultimate open-top driving experiences for nearly 100 years.
For many car enthusiasts, the roadster represents the pinnacle of the driving experience. With two seats, the open air in the cabin, and plenty of power, driving doesn’t get more raw or exhilarating. Bugatti’s roadsters are an amazing example of this, adding the open-top experience to the highest level of performance and luxury, and even in the brand’s early days and the early days of the automotive industry, Bugatti understood the magic of the roadster and has made incredible roadsters since the 1920s.
Jean Bugatti in particular was involved in the creation of a number of iconic Bugatti roadsters until his death in 1939. These included the Type 44 in 1929, which had two seats and no doors with the roadster bodywork, which is a rare configuration for the car, the Type 40 A in 1930, and the Type 44’s successor, the Type 49 in the same year, which is known as one of the most elegant Bugatti models made. In 1932, the Bugatti Type 41 Roadster Edsers was commissioned by Armand Edsers to be based on the Type 41 Royale, which at the time was the most luxurious and powerful Bugattis. Because Edsers indicated that he only wanted to drive the car in the daytime, Jean Bugatti made the lines of the car perfectly smooth by removing the headlights. 1932 also saw the introduction of the Type 55 Roadster with 160 horsepower, and the Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Gangloff with custom bodywork was introduced in 1934. Based on the Type 57 SC, the Type 57 SC Corsica Roadster was introduced in 1938, originally owned by Colonel Godfrey Giles. It was voted “Best In Show” at the Concorso d’Eleganza in Pebble Beach in 1998.
The Bugatti roadster that most of us know and love in modern times is the 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport. Its innovation gave it the same safety, luxury, performance, and drivability as the coupe and added the irreplaceable open-air experience of a roadster to the Veyron, which was already a car with no equivalent in the world. When the Vitesse edition of the Grand Sport was released, it took all of that even further and yet again became the fastest production roadster in the world. Throughout the brand’s history, one of the most luxurious parts of a Bugatti roadster has been the wind in the driver’s hair.