Concours d'Elegance

Bugatti Brought The Big Guns To The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Not surprising in the slightest, but who's complaining?

Being one of the most prestigious brands in the world of motoring, Bugatti's a brand that has a long history with the equally distinguished Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Veyron variants like the Grand Sport and the myriad 'Legends' editions all made their debuts there, and Bugatti models have won 13 percent of all 'Best In Show' awards (the highest representation of any one brand at the Concourse). Unsurprisingly, then, Bugatti is again out in full force at the 2016 Monterey Car Week.

Likely the big headline grabbers for a majority of people were the pair of W16-powered hyper cars that were proudly being displayed, as well as making their first official appearances in North America. The wild Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo attracted attention for obvious reasons (do you really need an invitation to gawp at an aggressively-styled concept car that likely won't go back on public display for a long time?), as did the Bugatti Chiron that, we feel at least, rocked the blue-tinted carbon fiber bodywork extremely well. A Bugatti will never be a subtle device, but the Chiron you see here is probably the most modest example you'll ever come across.

Outside of the new car displays, Pebble Beach's Bugatti presence also extended to the auction houses. RM Sotheby's offered a Veyron Grand Sport that you've likely seen many times over without realizing as it was Bugatti North America's official promot car, and the world's oldest Type 51 went under Bonhams' hammer for a cool $4 million. Amazingly, though, Gooding & Co. couldn't find a buyer for the sublime Type 55 Roadster - in spite of it having Mille Miglia pedigree, matching part numbers, original bodywork and bids that reached $9 million. One shudders to think of what the reserve price must have been! Photos courtesy of Bonhams, RM Sotheby's and Gooding & Co.

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