Under the traditional motto “Nothing can be too beautiful, nothing can be too expensive”, eight indisputable convertible models stand out that speak of Bugatti’s history. To everyone below them, swipe down to see them.
Convertibles are those types of cars that mark a before and after when driving it. A person does not feel his passion in the same way for the automotive industry after discovering the gentle breeze on his face and the sensation of blowing his hair at high speeds. A unique emotion that few brands know how to understand and capture that effect on their customers.
However, the legendary French manufacturer from the city of Molsheim knew how to understand this premise since its foundation in 1909. We are talking about Bugatti, brand that has not stopped creating cars based on the principles of exceptionality, luxury and speed for more than 110 years. Among them, numerous roadsters that were characterized by being unique in their class with the aim of making the driver feel nothing but pleasure.
Under the traditional motto “Nothing can be too beautiful, nothing can be too costly”, eight indisputable models of this type that speak of the brand stand out. “Bugatti roadsters are a fascinating type of car. In the past, Ettore and Jean Bugatti they showed the way in which emotion, design and craftsmanship can be enhanced with a certain type of vehicle”, says Christophe Piochon, president of Bugatti Automobilesaccording to the company’s official website.
“When we immerse ourselves in the long tradition of the company, it is always an act of reflection and it generates a greater awareness of the DNA. In the last decades, Bugatti has developed some of the most exceptional roadsters”, said the head of the automotive firm. Next, the most emblematic roofless models of the brand.
The first of all: Bugatti Type 40 A (1930)
Its about Bugatti Type 40, created in 1930. It had a long chassis, it was powered by a high-revving 4-cylinder engine for the time. It was 1.6 liters with 50 hp, capable of propelling the 850 kg car at 130 km/h. Between 40 and 50 examples were built, most with roadster bodywork.
The “rare” Bugatti Type 44 (1929)
Between 1927 and 1930, the French brand launched a commitment to a second model: the Type 44. In addition, it took the opportunity to innovate with a new rare style of bodywork without a roof by making it without doors and to which passengers only enter by raising their legs. The engine was 8-cylinder, 3.0-liter, and with a torque that was close to 80 horsepower (CV). Its maximum speed was 145 km/h and more than 1,000 units were sold.
The substitute: Bugatti Type 49 (1930)
The brand’s third roadster was more “normal” than its predecessor. It was the Type 49, which took the place of the Type 44, in 1930. According to the manufacturer, this car had nimble handling and was easy to drive. Its engine was powered by 8 cylinders and 3.2 liters with around 90 hp. His final speed was 145 km/h.
Bugatti Type 41 Roadster Esders, elegance in the wind (1932)
The Bugatti Type 41 Royale it had everything someone wanted in a car: luxury, speed, originality, elegance, it was extensive and exclusive. Only six have been produced, by hand, between 1926 and 1933. Each one was different from another, although all respected a wheelbase of 4.3 meters and a length of more than 6 meters. It had a 12.8-liter 8-cylinder block with around 300 hp. The brand confessed that the prototype even had 14 L.
Bugatti Type 55 Roadster (1932)
It was the technical evolution on wheels of cars of this style. The Bugatti Type 55 Roadter it was nurtured by the essence of other models: from the Type 43 it took the 8-cylinder 2.3-liter engine with a compressor, which was also used by the Type 51 sports car that produces up to 160 hp. Whereas, the suspension was taken from the Type 54. It weighed 950 kilos and reached 180 km/h. Only 38 units were manufactured, between coupes and convertibles.
Bugatti Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Gangloff (1934)
Jean Bugatti combined luxury and speed in the Type 57 Grand Raid Gangloff Roadster, a customized version of the 1933 model, powered by a 135bhp 3.3-litre 8-cylinder engine, though subsequent ones had 200bhp. This edition was a two-seater with a two-part windshield and organically curved fenders, of which 740 – including coupés – were produced between 1934 and 1940.
Bugatti Type 57 SC Corsica Roadster (1938)
Its basis was from Bugatti Type 57 SC, the Corsica Roadster was created in 1938, and it was a commission made by Colonel Godfrey Giles, in 1937. The order was entrusted to the British body manufacturer Corsica Coachworks, and consisted of a bespoke Type 57 with the design of his brother. Inside it overflowed with luxury and was powered by a 3.8-liter 8-cylinder engine. It measured about 4.5 meters long and exceeded 200 km/h. At the Concorso d’Eleganza in Pebble Beach in 1998, he was consecrated with the “Best in Show“.
The Bugatti roadsters of the new era: Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport (2008)
2005 was one of the most important years for the French brand: it presented its first hypercar, the Veyron 16.4, and then in August 2008 revealed the first roadster version of its modern era, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport. It was a different one from the fixed roof. It reaches 360 km/h without the roof, and with a special roof it exceeds 400 km/h.
In 2013, it gained power: the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, which set a world speed record of 408.84 km/h. In other words, the fastest production roadster on the face of the earth. Of the World Record Car (WRC) edition of the Vitesse only 8 cars are produced. Between 2005 and 2015 there were 300 Veyron 16.4 coupés and only 150 Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport and Grand Sport Vitesse. What is your favorite Bugatti roadster?