Automakers are placing more and more importance on their in-house catering services. Divisions are emerging among many high-end manufacturers who have understood how important it is, alongside new cars, to make sure to pamper old ones as well.
Porsche has repeatedly shown us examples of vintage cars that have passed through its hands and come out as new, such as when they first left the factory. Bugatti is not left behind and had announced before the planet was disrupted by a global pandemic, its own department called La Maison Pur Sang.
Bugatti’s La Maison Pur Sang program aims to bring old cars back to life while paying extreme attention to detail and period accuracy throughout the process. Today, the first classic Bugatti to benefit from the care provided by this program is unveiled. And we must admit that it is not that old …
At just 13 years old, this 2008 Bugatti Veyron barely surpasses the average age of cars currently on the road, and it’s not as if Veyrons are mass-produced cars. But like most Bugattis, it’s still a bit special.
This 2008 Veyron is actually a 16.4 Grand Sport, but it’s also the first, and by that we mean the first prototype. This car was first presented to the world in 2008 at Pebble Beach. It is therefore very fitting that Bugatti reintroduces this rare machine just before the extravagance of Pebble Beach 2021.
It is not known exactly what happened to this Veyron in the years that followed. Bugatti claims it toured the world after its debut, but once that tour ended it apparently left the manufacturer’s hands, as it was bought out by Bugatti last year.
Back at the manufacturer’s headquarters in Molsheim, the La Maison Pur Sang team got down to the restoration process. For Bugatti, this means more than new paint and new leather. The first step is to verify the authenticity of the vehicle, not only from the vehicle identification number (VIN), but also from the stamping of the various parts of the car.
It is arguably much easier to verify the authenticity of a modern car than that of a classic 1930s car, but the intensive process of verifying its accuracy and authenticity is the same regardless of the date. ‘age.
With the Veyron thus confirmed, it was stripped down and brought back to its original launch configuration, down to an original center console for the interior. It wears a metallic silver white finish with a Cognac leather interior, and it looks like a brand new vehicle.
It took the team four months to complete this project, although one imagines that the same procedure for a really old Bugatti would take longer. One thing is certain, is that classic Bugatti owners will not find better and more specialized service anywhere in the world.