do you know the story of its yellow and black?

Although Bugatti’s motorsport heritage is often associated with ‘French Racing Blue’, many of its most stylish cars are painted in founder Ettore Bugatti’s favorite colours: black and yellow. The Auto-Journal goes back in time.

For true connoisseurs of the brand, a hypercar painted in black and yellow is not only the embodiment of Bugatti’s famous color combination, it is also a nod to the founder himself.

Many of Ettore Bugatti’s personal cars were painted with this finish, whose popularity has endured over time. The history of the black and yellow Bugatti goes back to when, in the family home in Molsheim, the beams above the old oak doors were painted in Ettore’s favorite colors.

In the early part of his career, many of Ettore Bugatti’s personal cars were painted only black. When the design of Bugatti cars moved away from the traditional design of Grand Prix models focused mainly on motorsport and began to embrace the Art Deco movement, Ettore Bugatti made the two-tone design his combination. favorite colors.

A timeless combination

Since then, countless customers have chosen to use black and yellow for their own vehicle. Ettore Bugatti’s famous Type 41 Royale was painted black and yellow itself. At the same time, an example of the Type 40 Roadster was also decked out in the same color, as was a Type 44. But that was just the beginning of its popularity.

The Bugatti Type 55, a motorsport-inspired car equipped with the Type 51’s 2.3-liter straight-eight engine, was the most sought-after car of the time with its two-seater roadster body designed by Jean Bugatti.

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Subsequently, two years after the launch of the Type 55 in 1934, one of the most elegant Bugatti roadsters ever was completed: the Bugatti Type 57 Grand Raid Factory Roadster. The chosen colors? Black and yellow. Even in the modern era of Bugatti, this timeless combination has never been forgotten.

In 2014, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse “1 on 1” was presented, painted in black and highlighted by yellow accents on the body, on the wheels and on the level of the “EB” logos. Inside, yellow stitching adorns the black leather and a sketch of the Veyron is laser-printed on the door panels.

“Molsheim Yellow”

During the Chiron era, the first car delivered in North America also used a combination of yellow and black carbon with yellow colored alloy wheels.

With the introduction of the Chiron Pur Sport in 2020, the black and yellow combination has been reinvented, for a unique piece, with a colorful finish named “Yellow Molsheim”.

Achim AnscheidtBugatti Design Director, said: “Almost everything we do, we take inspiration from the founders, the Bugatti family; we invent – ​​like Ettore – our own technologies and we push – like Jean Bugatti – the limits of design and beauty to create something unlike anything else on the road”. As Ettore said: ” In comparison, it’s no longer Bugatti. »

“That is why the combination of black and yellow remains an important color combination for us, as designers but also as a brand. Of course, we are always looking to recreate it – Ettore will never be satisfied relying on tradition for the sake of referencing tradition – but our founder’s favorite colors will remain linked to the Bugatti brand. »

More than 135 Bugattis in Mulhouse

Today, several examples of Bugatti decked out in black and yellow are part of the Schlumpf collection, the largest collection of Bugatti cars in the world, on display at the National Automobile Museum in Mulhouse.

Covering an area of ​​more than 25,000 square meters, the exhibition features 400 of the world’s rarest, most impressive and valuable cars, including more than 135 Bugatti models and two of the six Bugatti Type 41 Royales ever built. ever.

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