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Car Of The Day: 2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Jean-Pierre Wimille Legend Edition

Bugatti, renowned for its racing victories and exquisite engineering, continues to captivate owners and enthusiasts alike. Despite strong competition in the Grand Prix from Alfa Romeo, Auto Union, and Mercedes-Benz in the 1930s, Bugatti’s T59 remained a formidable contender, particularly with Jean-Pierre Wimille at the wheel. Wimille’s legendary status solidified with his overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, co-driving a Type 57G “Tank” with Robert Benoist in 1937 and repeating the triumph in 1939 with Pierre Veyron in a Type 57C.

Wimille’s connection with Bugatti remained unshakeable, even during his service in the French Resistance. Tragically, his life ended in a racing accident in 1949. Fast forward to 2013, and the reborn Bugatti marque unveiled the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, exemplifying Ettore Bugatti’s Pur Sang ethos. The first Legends Edition of this extraordinary car paid tribute to Jean-Pierre Wimille.

This exceptional Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse offers mind-blowing performance, reaching speeds of over 250 mph with its 1,184 HP quad-turbocharged W-16 engine. The Jean-Pierre Wimille Edition, one of only three produced, boasts luxurious amenities, including automatic climate control and a high-quality Burmester audio system. With its elegant alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport tires, this car celebrates the legacy of Jean-Pierre Wimille and his historic victories with Bugatti.

Source: Mecum Auctions