Before Bugatti was rescued a second time by now-parent company Volkswagen’s deep pockets, the French automaker was revived in the form of Bugatti Automobili SpA. The short-lived revival was brought about under Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli, who was adamant to get Bugatti to once again build a class-leading sports car to run with the best of the best.
The result was the mid-engined Bugatti EB110, named after Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti. The nameplate’s numerical value represented 110 years since the birthday of its founder, and the vehicle debuted at a glitzy event at the Palace of Versailles, with styling to match the aura of the whole event thanks to exotic materials and time-period correct scissor doors. Thankfully, its performance matched the exterior looks.
Featuring a quad-turbo 3.5-liter V12 engine putting down 550 horsepower, the EB110 GT could accomplish the 0-60 sprint in just a tad over four seconds to a top speed of 213 mph. Indeed, the Bugatti EB110 GT lived up to the Bugatti name fancifully.
Despite the sport styling, eyebrow-raising specifications, and impressive performance however, it was difficult to turn a profit on low volume sports cars, and this iteration of the revived Bugatti was bankrupt by 1995, making the Bugatti EB110 a perfect collector’s piece. And so, here we have an example ready to be sent across the auction block at the Arizona RM Auction. Less than 150 of the cars were made, and this specific one wearing production number six.
The car was originally sold in Japan where it only garnered 5,000 miles over its 22-year-young life. Now, the vehicle has been imported to the United States, but due to pesky U.S. regulations, the car is registered to travel no more than 2,500 miles a year under the Show & Display law.
This specific example is carrying a pre-sale estimated price of $575,000-$775,000, so prepare your black cards and ready your bids for a piece of Bugatti motoring history. Surely, it will keep your Ferrari F40 in good company.