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The annual springtime event highlights some of the world’s finest collector cars.
These five two-wheel wonders feature aggressive designs and heart-palpitating performance.
The all-new Midual Type 1 is much more than the sum of its mechanical parts.
As Bugatti winds down the more-than-a-decade-long production run of its flagship Veyron, the company is celebrating its record-breaking supercar—as well as the people and vehicles that defined the...
Many terms come to mind in considering the qualities that constitute elegance: tastefulness, beauty, style, refinement, grace, poise.
Each year in August, California’s Monterey Peninsula plays host to one of the most impressive gatherings of automobiles in the world.
On February 14, a Venom GT supercar by Hennessey Performance ( www.hennesseyperformance.com ) reached a speed of 270.49 mph at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and became the world’s fastest two-...
The biggest sale at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance—for this year or any other year—was RM Auctions’ 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster.
From June 19 through 21, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions will come back to Newport Beach, Calif., for a second year in a row, with a car show and auction featuring more than 400...
The third in a series of six Bugatti Legends special editions, the new 2014 Bugatti Veyron Meo Costantini is named after Meo Costantini, a friend of Ettore Bugatti’s and the head of the Bugatti race...
While Bugatti is cagey about a successor to the two-seat Veyron—rumors have the company thinking about another sports car instead of the Galibier sedan concept first shown in 2010—it continues to...
The Mullin Automotive Museum , a Southern California institution devoted to the preservation of French art and automobiles from the Art Deco era, announced it will premiere an exhibition called The...
The 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 22 and 23) race is not for the faint for heart. Over 50 cars travel around the 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe course in Le Mans, France, during one 24-hour period,...
Thousands of auto races are held all over the world annually, but very few can compare to the prestige and glamour of the Monaco Grand Prix . Run since 1929, the race is held on the Circuit de Monte...
The historic Peking to Paris rally is the most challenging endurance test for classic cars (and their owners), delivering an experience that is unparalleled in the crowded world of vintage-auto...
Tally Ho The Grand Sport Vitesse astounds by its numbers alone. It has a 7.9-liter, 16-cylinder, 1,200 hp engine; four turbochargers; a top speed of 255 mph; 10 radiators; tires that cost about $27,...
Never content to leave a speed record unbroken, Bugatti Automobiles this year unveils yet another iteration of its overachieving Veyron supercar. The Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse merges the open-...
Two short years after the original Bugatti Veyron shocked the world with a groundbreaking 254 mph top speed (and its 1,001 horsepower quad-turbocharged W-16 engine), a boutique supercar builder in...
Two short years after the original Bugatti Veyron shocked the world with a groundbreaking 254-mph top speed (and its 1,001 horsepower quad-turbocharged W-16 engine), a boutique super-car builder in...
The Bugatti Veyron is a multimillion-dollar monument to modern motorcar technology. More than five years went into its development and four turbochargers sit atop its 16-cylinder engine to produce 1,...
Bugatti. Has there ever been an automaker that earned so much buzz for building so few cars? In addition to creating the world’s fastest production car (the 253-mph Veyron 16.4) and the priciest (...
Though the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport will not officially be available until March, the first convertible supercar in the series of 150 was sold at the Gooding & Company auction in Monterey...
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it," writes Oscar Wilde in his preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray. "The only excuse for making a useless thing is that...
By all the rules of engagement, by every measure of appreciation that automobilists have for their monuments, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 should have been a clean and untouchable winner. Slam. Dunk. The...
A 1931 Voisin C20 Simoun Demi-Berline, the only known remaining car of its kind. Price $5.5 million It seems fitting that Gabriel Voisin’s surname should be an anagram for vision, as the French...
It is best, you decide, to look at this car slowly and alone and in a mood set by the soft half-light of a Sicilian courtyard. This painter’s gloom allows shadows to enhance the design elements that...
If you have ever wondered what it would feel like to see the horizon rushing toward you at 250 mph, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 will put an end to all speculation. Select “top speed” mode, and the Veyron...
For over 60 years, the Bugatti brand has been riddled with false starts: In 1939, World War II halted production of the cars; in 1947, the death of Ettore Bugatti, the company’s founder, rattled the...
On Nov. 19, 1987, a month after the Black Monday stock market crash, a Christie’s auctioneer named Robert Brooks auctioned off a 1930 Bugatti Type 41 Royale for a world-record $10 million. Last year...
Ettore bugatti is long dead, but the brand name that he created will not rest in peace. The launch of Parmigiani’s Bugatti Type 370 watch (“Engine Timing,” page 139) arrives ahead of the market debut...

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