Bugatti is in the habit of recalling names from its storied history on the nameplates of its new models. The Veyron, after all, was named after Pierre, one of its most accomplished racing and test drivers. So, too, was the concept that preceded it named after Louis Chiron, another Bugatti racing driver of yore. And lately, the Alsatian marque has been reviving other names from its history with a series of special editions.

The "Légendes de Bugatti" series kicked off with the Jean-Pierre Wimille edition last year, which was followed by the Jean Bugatti edition and the Meo Costatini edition (pictured above) just a few months ago. We would have expected that the next one would honor Jean's brother Rembrandt Bugatti – the artist behind the rearing elephant hood ornament that adorned the legendary Bugatti Royale – but the word on the street is that the next special-edition Vitesse will pay tribute to one Elisabeth Junek.

Also known as Eliška Junková, she was one of the earliest and most renowned of female racing drivers at the dawn of motorsport. She would often accompany her banker/gentleman-racer husband Cenek Junek on his motoring exploits in their Bugatti Type 35B and would sometimes take the wheel herself. Her most famous race was the 1928 Targa Florio, which she led until the final lap before mechanical troubles dropped her down to fifth place – but still ahead of Tazio Nuvolari.

The fourth of six Legend editions is likely to draw inspiration for its livery from the T35B that Junek drove, but isn't expect to carry any mechanical changes over the Vitesse roadster on which it will be based. But then, with 1,200 horsepower on tap, just what would Bugatti need to change?


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      Myself
      • 10 Months Ago
      The only woman to win a GP.
      Nicholas
      • 10 Months Ago
      Not that I am going to dismiss the technological marvel that is the Veyron, it is still a product in a market that requires contant updates to stay fresh. It may still be that marvel, but it had grown old in a tiny market making it a very hard sell. The news of the legend cars has become very uninteresting, I'm sure I'm not alone. Nice car though.
      nano404
      • 10 Months Ago
      Bugatti execs seem to be searching Wikipedia for people to name their cars after
      Nathan
      • 10 Months Ago
      The bare metal accent is gaudy.
      x percent
      • 10 Months Ago
      The Lincoln MKZ addvert at the top of the home page is very annoying.
      Dusan Neumann
      • 10 Months Ago
      Bravo Eliška, you deserve it...
      Steve
      • 10 Months Ago
      By far my favorite special edition Bugatti has been the Linea D'oro Mansory edition.