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1999 Bugatti Veyron design proposal by Walter de'Silva - Click above for image gallery

The car you see here is not the latest special edition Bugatti Veyron, nor is it a Chinese knockoff of the extreme hypercar. It is in fact a 1999 Bugatti Veyron design concept built by then-SEAT head of design, Walter de'Silva. It seems Walter was asked to submit a design concept by then-head of Volkswagen Design, Hartmut Warkuss. Word came that VW head honcho Ferdinand Piëch was working on the revival of the Bugatti brand and he needed some proposals. This full-scale mockup was built and presented, but ultimately rejected in favor of Hartmut's own design. Thank goodness.

The de'Silva concept car languished in some dark corner until Quattroruote uncovered it and printed a spread on the car in August. Scans of that article have found their way onto the interwebs and ultimately into our own grubby little hands so we could share them with you. While there are some similarities between the de'Silva concept and the production Veyron, we're glad VAG decided to go with the Warkuss design. Based on the Giugiaro-styled Chiron 18.3, the Veyron ultimately looked much more sophisticated and elegant. Still, this concept lives on as a footnote in the long story of the world's most outrageous supercar.

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      • 5 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      thank god that did not get built
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can see how it relates to the production version, but in an ugly bubbly 90s way. Here's another concept bugatti, the chiron produced by ital design that led the way toward the production veyron:


        This was the predecessor to the Bugatti 18/4 Veyron concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pronounced Say-ott rather than Seet
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not the new Batmobile, certainly, but the Tick may send in for one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is ugly, though the production veyron is certainly not the most beautiful car ever built. In my mind that honour goes to the ferrari 250. What a beautiful car that was.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Now that you've narrowed it down to a few thousand Ferrari's, which 250 would that be in Particular?

        250 GTE?

        250 GT SuperAmerica?

        250 GT Californa SWB?

        250 GTO...?

        Lol you're seriously missing a pretty integrale part of your statement.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i'm so sorry, i forgot to say that. i meant the 250 Gt California.
      • 5 Years Ago
      May I ask how does the doors open?
        • 5 Years Ago
        they don't.
        you climb in through the back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It actually got lots of interesting lines, but would want to see one with a different color. Defiently carried some design over to Veyron.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is the same Walter DeSylva who completely botched up the Audi line with the most hideous grille/front end ever seen on a production vehicle. Now he's well on the way to perform the same atrocity on the VW line. The Germans just don't know what design is all about. Yes, I know Walter was born in Italy but nothing of Pininfarina rubbed off, nothing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's embarrassing, but I like it.
      I see more of Bugatti on this (even though it's a bit too retro to my taste), and the design is quite consistent through the car. ...I find it more interesting (and difficult) than the Veyron.

      I want one in black. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      did he actually sketch this? Or was it a team under his direction. The Seats under his direction kinda have this flavor.

      Auto emocion, indeed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I the only one that looks at that intake / quarter panel treatment and INSTANTLY reminded of the BS Lotus Esprit replacement image that's been floating around the internet for some years now?? Or I guess, vice versa, since this Bugatti was created first...


      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know why AB won't post my link, but if you search Bugatti Chiron you can see Italdesign's concept that looks VERY MUCH like the Veyron. Blending this and the Chiron together and you wind up with the Veyron concept.
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