Cars don’t get any rarer than Bugatti’s ‘1 of 1’ Grand Sport Vitesse

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is known for showing rare, limited-edition cars, but it doesn’t get much more exclusive than ‘1 of 1.’

Bugatti unveiled its Grand Sport Vitesse ‘1 of 1’ this week, the latest in a long line of special-edition Veyrons.

Related: Bugatti Veyron successor could hit 286 mph

Inspired by the classic Type 44 Bugatti, the two-tone Vitesse roadster wears a superhero-esque black and yellow paint scheme, color-matched wheels and special ‘1 of 1’ badging throughout, but the unique character of this car goes far beyond the surface.

One of the most interesting and impressive parts of this car is the front grill, which in true Bugatti fashion, is completely customized and one-of-a-kind. It was laser cut to bear the initials of the owner (PL) and was then hand-polished and anodized with extreme detail. The initials are linked together in an infinite loop, and Bugatti says this piece alone took over 200 man hours to complete.

Inside, Bugatti employed a process called ‘laser perforation’ on the back door panels, one that the French company had never used before this car. A focused laser was used to cut through the black leather above the armrest, revealing a secondary layer of yellow leather underneath. The pinpoint perforations create the silhouette of the Veyron itself.

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse 1 of 1 edition

“In addition to the certainty of owning the world’s fastest production sports car, exclusiveness is extremely important to our customers,” explained Bugatti President Wolfgang Durheimer. “This is the reason that we have always placed so much focus on customization and personalization at Bugatti.”

The attention to detail on this car is simply staggering. Every glance at the car reveals a new tailor-made detail, like the hand-drawn sketch of the Bugatti Type 35 on the rear storage compartment, or the subtle shadowing on the emblem’s classic text. Bugatti even rendered a portrait of the customer and engraved it into trim around the door sills.

Ettore Bugatti’s once famously said, “Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive.” One look at this extraordinarily striking and unquestionably ridiculous Vitesse, and you’ll probably agree that Bugatti doesn’t see that as a motto. Bugatti sees it as a challenge.


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