With all of the special editions and differing variants of the Bugatti Veyron being produced year after year, perhaps now is a good time to reflect back on the machine that started it all. Bugatti has announced that it will put the original EB 18/4 Veyron design study on display at the Salon Rétromobile in Paris. This is the first time the concept car will be publicly shown since it debuted at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show.

Taking a new look at the images of Bugatti's seminal Veyron in concept form reminds us how closely the boutique automaker followed its initial design when crafting the 1,001-horsepower production model in 2005. Have a look for yourself in the high-res image gallery above, and feel free to compare that car's sensuous curves with the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, an updated topless model with 1,200 horsepower and a 255-mile-per-hour top speed.
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Bugatti at Rétromobile 2014: paying tribute to the Veyron

Paris / Molsheim, 3 February 2014 – Bugatti is celebrating the Veyron. This year's Salon Rétromobile in Paris sees the French super sports car brand present the EB 18/4 "Veyron" design study. This is the first time that the study has been displayed at a trade fair since its unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1999.

The unveiling of the Bugatti EB 18/4 "Veyron" design study not only created a stir in Tokyo, but also signalled the start of a true success story; that of the fastest, most exclusive series production super sportscar in the world, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. The inspiration for the study was Bugatti's outstanding history of success in motorsport racing, a fact which is reflected not only in the design and form of the vehicle's interior, but also in the car's name. Pierre Veyron was a works driver for Bugatti and, during the 1930s, amassed numerous racing victories for the brand, celebrating his greatest triumph with Bugatti at the 24 Heures du Mans in 1939.

The successful market launch of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 in 2005 marked the beginning of a new era for the marque. Fast on the heels of this 1,001 PS rocket, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport was released five years later and, with a top speed of 431.072 km/h, still holds the world speed record today. Production of both coupés was limited to a mere 300 units, with the vehicles crafted at Bugatti's historical headquarters in the Alsatian town of Molsheim. These have been sold out since 2011. The stand in Paris is to include another highlight, in the form of a display wall exhibiting the original configurations of these 300 vehicles.

The brand's current portfolio includes the open-top Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport1, which boasts an astonishing 1,001 PS, and the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, which delivers 1,200 PS and holds the title of world's fastest series production roadster. These roadsters are limited to a series run of 150 vehicles. Two thirds of these have already been sold, meaning that only around 40 vehicles are still available.

The Rétromobile takes place from 5 to 9 February 2014 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition site. Bugatti can be found in Hall 1, at stand P43.


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      johnnythemoney
      • 10 Months Ago
      A part of the reasons why it took them 6 full years to deliver the production model is exactly the fact that they followed blindly the initial design. The car wasn't intended to have 1.000 bhp in 1999, and the bodywork wasn't penned with a 250 mph top speed. Many articles covered these two quite important problems. Now I don't remind much of the hype from 1999, so I guess they decided to keep that way (also) because of their stubbornness. Seeing in person the Veyron is important to figure its nice design, especially in the more recent models with some additional aluminum or exposed carbon fiber bits, but it's not what I'd call an astonishingly beautiful creation to the point you couldn't change it for its own good (that's to say, being built in the first place). Go figure, 9 years in and they are still dragging it struggling to sell the last 50 while folks at McLaren and Ferrari planned their uber cars and productions much better. Damn it even Aston Martin knew the One-77 couldn't be sold in 100 units.
        Aaron N
        • 10 Months Ago
        @johnnythemoney
        You don't research much do you? All coupes, and all 6 (?) Super Sports, along with the Vitesse and other variants, have already been sold out. The last 50 are of the Grand Sports.
        zero
        • 10 Months Ago
        @johnnythemoney
        To the fair, the last 50 are convertibles, the coupe already sold out for a while.
      Pault
      • 10 Months Ago
      Good Giugiaro will finally start getting credit for this design..? seriously though, the production car is taken from this, Giugiaro should get shared credit at the least.
      Matt Mossberg
      • 10 Months Ago
      Just saw this video today of the Bugatti Chiron concept from the 99 frankfurt show http://youtu.be/hq8b7nUG0yE a V18 with more then 550hp. I need to look up if the Chiron morphed into the veyron, if the Tokyo show was before or after Frankfurt or what happened. I still remember the day I read there was a million dollar sports car with 1001 horses and it looked like this fuse between contemporary and classic. After all these years the veyron still has a a bigger then life presence imo.
      deeeznuuuts83
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'll need to go through my pictures back on my laptop at home, but I don't think this is accurate. I believe at a temporary Bugatti display at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard (ironically where I grew up and where my family still lives), they had two of the Veyron concept cars that definitely weren't the production models (though they did also have the carbon fiber and orange Veyron Super Sport and a silver EB110), along with a Bugatti sedan (but not the more recent concept that started with a G), which I distinctly remember seeing on the second floor. So I don't think this is the "first" public viewing since 1999.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 10 Months Ago
      I can't quite pinpoint why, but I find this better looking than the early-series production cars. It's a shame they couldn't make a case for the Chiron. That thing was stunning.