Bugatti made history on February 1 with its Chiron Biography, a unique model sold at auction by RM Sotheby’s for the dizzying sum of 9,792,500! This offer sets a new record as the highest amount ever paid for a new car at auction.
If you’re not familiar with the Biograph edition, it’s because it’s a unique design, which has probably led collectors around the world to snap it up to nearly double its pre-auction estimate!
And again, this astronomical price still has to be added auction fees, which average between 5 and 10% of the sale price as determined by the online auction site. Plunger Addict which wants to develop car auctions in France and Europe for very low-cost tax cars. Finally, let’s add that the final price does not include, of course, the costs related to the delivery of the property to its new owner.
But what makes this example unique is the fact that it wasn’t meant to be! The Profile is actually the last evolution of the Chiron and it was to join the catalog in the same way as the Pur Sport and Super Sport. As its name suggests, Bugatti has worked on the aerodynamic profile of this model, to make it more stable at high speeds. So it has a unique duck-tail spoiler that makes it unique. New steering and suspension settings also provide better handling while the short gear ratio allows it to reach 100 km/h in just 2.3 seconds, 200 km/h in 5.5 seconds and 300 km/h in just 12.4 seconds! Despite these exceptional performances, however, the car was built to remain a good, less sporty tourer than the Chiron Pur Sport.
But while the model was still in development, the Alsatian manufacturer arrived earlier than expected in the form of an order of 500 for the Chiron. After committing to not exceeding this number, this prevented new Profiles from arriving in production. An unusual decision was made, to complete the development car, make it homolated and sold at auction. So it is as a victim of its success that the Chiron and even more so this unique example, enters the history of the car.
The model in question is finished with a silver shade called “Atlantic Silver”which is completed with a Royal Blue Carbon lower part, the model has alloy wheels that have been painted “Le Patron” and polished aluminum accents to match the bodywork.
Inside, the Profile is the only Chiron model to receive a woven leather finish on the dashboard, door panels and rear wall inlay.
Let’s add that by having a photo session in the streets of Paris before the sale, the Chiron Profile drew the ire of Paris City Hall with a series of photos taken in front of the Eiffel Tower and published on social networks. The photo of a Bugatti on the bike lane did not please the city’s communications department, which announced the threat of a fine of 135… I’m not sure there is enough to make the protagonists who would benefit from a little extra publicity. .
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