Blue is the traditional color of Bugatti. However, the history of the brand says that there was another combination that was preferred by its founder, Ettore. Even the first models were of this two-tone, let’s delve into the lines below to discover what that special paint was like.
“La vie en bleu” or converted “Life in blue” is the motto that refers to the colors used chosen by Ettore Bugatti for his fast cars, the most expensive, elegant and fastest in France. Starting with a production started in 1909, each sports car that left the workshops in the city of Molsheim has been a unique piece cast in this color or in a two-tone of the same European roads.
However, as even in the most important families, there are hidden secrets. We are talking about realities that take time to be revealed but that, after all, end up being revealed over time. An example of this is with the origin of puncture exhibited by the first Bugatti.
The origin of Ettore Bugatti’s favorite colors
As revealed by the official website of the renowned French brand, history says that there were copies of two tones, in black and yellow. In addition, he revealed that to understand this we must go back, “to the house of Bugatti in Molsheim, where the beams that sat above the old oak doors were finished in the striking colors favored by Ettore.”
Even several of the first personal cars of the creator of the firm were “black”. But as he evolved with racing designs, “they began to fully embrace the Art Deco movement.” “The now famous two-tone designs generated a favorite color combination for Ettore. And it was that spark that lit a fire that encouraged countless customers to adopt black and yellow for their own Bugatti”, revealed the brand.
What were the Bugatti in black and yellow
Among the most famous models are the Type 41 Royale by Ettore Bugattithe Type 40Roadster with the same color scheme, just like a Type 44. Other sports cars with these characteristics are the Type 55powered by a 2.3-liter inline 8-cylinder engine from the Type 51a two-seater roadster designed by Jean Bugatti; Ettore’s son
Two more after Type 55in 1934, the Bugatti Roadster considered one of “the most beautiful and elegant ever built: the Type 57 Grand Raid Roadster Usine”. Do you wonder about their colors? Hit Beam: Black and yellow.
The two-tone combination in the modern era of Bugatti
This timeless combination defied the advance of time and remained present in the second decade of the new millennium. In 2014, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse “1 of 1”, was black with a contrasting yellow, and details of it on the wheels and “EB” logos, added to the interior in that tone. Even, reports the brand, “the black leather is offset by yellow stitching and a yellow laser-perforated silhouette of the Veyron on the door panels.
There is more: the chiron 1the first Bugatti that landed in North America was black and yellow, with alloy wheels fully painted in the second color. For 2020 the Chiron Pur Sport 2 was introduced in 2020, where the two-tone combination was reimagined which had a “Jaune Molsheim” yellow finish, which paid tribute to the original yellow used by Ettore Bugatti. This color is contrasted with exposed turquoise carbon fiber highlights.
Achim Anscheidt, design director of the French house, has stated that “black and yellow continue to be such an important combination for us, both as a design team and as a brand”. “Of course, we always seek to reinvent it: Ettore would never be satisfied with tradition for tradition’s sake, but he will always find our founder’s favorite colors closely associated with the Bugatti brand,” he says.
Currently, several Bugatti black and yellow are part of the Schlumpf collection, the largest collection of the manufacturer’s cars in the world, which can be seen at the National Automobile Museum in Mulhouse, in Alsace. “The exhibition is made up of 400 of the rarest, most magnificent and valuable cars in the world, including more than 135 Bugatti models, such as two of the six Type 41 Royale never built,” the firm said. What colors do you prefer in these sports?