Chassis no. ZA9ABO1EOPLD39033
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 supercar to which the EB110, with its short nose, wedge-shaped body and gull-wing doors, bore a strong resemblance. Beneath the skin there were similarities too, the short-stroke V12 engine with forward mounted gearbox having been pioneered on the Countach. Had the EN110 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! Despite the complexity, the EB110 worked well on the road, its compact dimensions combined with four-wheel drive making for exceptional agility, and excellent grip and balance no matter what the conditions. The 3.5-litre V12 developed 561bhp, good enough for a top speed of 212mph, a figure recorded at the Nardi test track in Italy that placed the EB110 on a par with that other 'World's Fastest Car', the Jaguar XJ220.
While, understandably, headline writers emphasised its performance to the exclusion of almost everything else except the price ($456,000), the EB110 was nevertheless a very well-built product possessing a roomy and lavishly equipped interior. There was also a lightweight competition version: the even more powerful and expensive EB110SS. Unfortunately for Artioli and his collaborators, the EB110 launched just as the early 1990s recession took hold and the company entered receivership in 1994. It is estimated that a mere 139 of these exotic cars were built, Michael Schumacher being perhaps the most high-profile owner.
Bugatti EB110 GT '39033' was assembled on the Aerospatiale chassis number '028' and fitted with the engine number '046'. Assembly commenced in May 1993 and was completed at the end of July 1993. Official delivery was scheduled for 30th August 1993 to a German customer, Mr Walter Eder, though apparently the delivery was a little delayed because an elderly lady driving a FIAT Punto hit the EB110, so the left front had to be repaired!
According to the Bugatti EB110 Registry, it seems the factory or the local distributor borrowed '39033' for the IAA Frankfurt International Motorshow in September 1993. The car was exhibited on the Bugatti stand, side by side with the EB112 '39001' and the Supersport prototype 'SS39005'.
On the 19th December 1996, with 9,000 kilometres showing on the odometer, the car was sold to Jurgen Persch for 330,000 DM (copy sales contract and German Fahrzeugbrief in file). It seems that Mr Persch used the Bugatii very much, since it was sold to Alberto Di Garnerone a few months later (in July 1997) for 345,000 DM still with 9000 kilometres recorded (copy of sales contract and Italian registration document in file).
After 15 years in Italy, the Bugatti was exported on 20th January 2012 (original document in file) and was again registered in Germany on 24th August 2012 with the German registration 'MYK BE110' (copy of registration document in file).
The current owner purchased the car on 24th August in 2012 at 14,900 kilometres and kept in the South of France where it was serviced at P3 Automobiles. In February 2013, the car was imported into Norway and registered there on the 21st March 2013. While in Norway, the Bugatti has formed part of a large car collection and has been serviced and preserved in ideal conditions (service receipts in file). The current odometer reading is 16,500 kilometres.
Representing a rare opportunity for the serious collector to acquire one of these fabulous cars, '39033' comes with Norwegian registration papers, technical inspection (MoT), and a most substantial history file.
Please note this motor car is subject to the normal local import tax on Hammer Price should it remains in the EU.
Bonhams is the guarantor of the customs duties and taxes clearance: consequently, this motor car cannot be released to the buyer or his transporter immediately after the sale.