• Oct 25th 2013 at 8:00AM
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Though increasingly uncommon today, back in the day every automaker had a hood ornament. Bugatti's was an elephant standing up on its hind legs with its trunk extended into the sky. It capped the nose on the famous Bugatti Type 41 Royale, and it was designed by Rembrandt.

No, not the famous Dutch artist, but Rembrandt Bugatti – the younger brother of carmaker Ettore Bugatti who was named after the painter.

So why do we mention this, you ask? Because one of our readers just alerted us to a patent application with the European Union's Office for Hamonization in the Internal Market. It was filed by Audi's intellectual property office on behalf of its sister company and encompasses the name Rembrandt Bugatti.

Considering the family lineage, we'd guess that this will be one of the next special-edition Veyrons in the Legends series, following the Jean-Pierre Wimille and Jean Bugatti editions, and very well might revive the elephant emblem for what is likely to be a one-off based on the Grand Sport Vitesse. Of course, it could signal a new model altogether, but we wouldn't count on it.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring back hood ornaments!
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bugatti Rembrandt sounds good -- hopefully it's a new model. I'm ready to see what they do next.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope its a new model the Veyron is awesome beyond comprehension, but enough is enough.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like it should be more of a trademark thing than a patent, unless a sculpted elephant hood ornament is breaking some kind of new technological ground....
      • 1 Year Ago
      the look of those old school Bugattis and Cadillacs are just timeless. like a rolex