So what would you do with 11 million dollars or $12.4 million euros? Well, for that sum, you could get a couple of swanky apartments in the Big Apple, buy a heavenly villa or two in magical Thailand, or purchase a handful of famous paintings, if that’s your cup of tea. So it definitely says a lot for a car to have such an eye-watering price tag which is exactly the case today as Bugatti’s one-off supercar sold for approximately nine and a half million pounds. And that’s before tax!
When and where
The 2019 Geneva motor show was the place to be for the spectacle which included an assortment of mind-blowing supercars of the future like the Aston Martin Vanquish and electronic masterpieces such as the Audi Q4-Tron concept. Glamorous and exquisite automobiles were in abundance at the event and while some were outstanding, Bugatti’s latest model had everyone’s jaws on the floor. That could have been due to the enchanting beauty on display or a price tag that’s easily worth the cost of ten supercars. Whatever the case though, it was certainly the center of attention and by extension the headlines worldwide. Its manufacturers have touted it as the most powerful on the planet and with six tailpipes and a 16 cylinder engine to show for it, you’d be hard placed to argue otherwise.
What’s so special about the ‘La Voiture Noire’?
Coined from the folklore of the original ‘La Voiture Noire’, which literally means little black car, this sleek Bugatti is covered in reflective black for its entirety and is, well, a little black car, to put it very mildly. The only oases of diversity come in the silvery rims, the red streak forms the tail lights and the hazy headlights that complete the mean outlook. If you are familiar with the comics, it’s a lot similar to the four-wheel companion of Gotham’s dark knight.
A gift to mark the giant carmaker’s 110th anniversary, the hypercar was meant to pay homage to the son of the company’s founder Ettore Bugatti. It is inspired by a member of the 57 SC Atlantic lineage unveiled a little over eighty years ago taking a lot from its predecessor in not only aesthetics but also performance. Jean Bugatti’s signature car disappeared during World War II as a result of German intervention and its fate remains unknown to this date.
If you’re thinking of taking out your check to get yourself your very own Batman-esque mobile, better luck next time because the makers only made one model.
That begs the final question: Who bought it?
Just like the maiden vehicle’s whereabouts, the car’s buyer remains a mystery. What is as clear as day though is that the ‘La Voiture Noire’ takes the tag of the world’s most expensive car and it looks set to hold on to that title for some time to come.