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The Bugatti Type 101

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The Bugatti Type 101

William Jason
March 15, 2011

William Jason

The Bugatti Veyron is a rear, mid-engined Supercar that is currently the most expensive modern car in the world. It costs $1,600,000 USD and comes in a Super Sport version that is considered to be the fastest road-legal car in the world. This version's top speed is rated at 431.07 km/h, while the original version has a top speed of 408.00 km/h. Production of the Bugatti Veyron first started in 2005. However, the name Bugatti has been around for quite some time now. Bugatti goes as far back as World War II. Back then, they came up with something called the Bugatti Type 101. Like the present-day Bugatti Veyron, the Bugatti Type 101 is what some people would consider to be exclusive. It is so exclusive, in fact, that only a total of nine Type 101 cars were ever produced.

After World War II, Bugatti tried to do a restart and make a comeback with a modified chassis of the type T57. In the process of trying to come up with a new car, they produced the 1951 Bugatti Type 101. It was considered to be an evolution of the Type 57 and was viewed by many to be the last true Bugatti car. Out of the nine that were produced in total, seven were produced through 1956. The Bugatti Type 101 was powered by a 3.3-liter straight=8 from the Type 57.

The Bugatti Type 101 also had a supercharged version in the form of the T101C, where C stood for Commpresseur. The car's engine was able to dish out 200 horsepower, an amazing feat during that time. One of the coach builders during that time, Virgin Exner, was able to buy the last of the seven chassis to be built in 1961 for $2,500 USD. Several years after it was first presented at Turin in 1965, Exner sold the car to Thomas Barett III. It was then sold to Irving Tushinsky afterwards, and eventually wound up in The Blackhawk Collection. It was later sold to a certain William Lyon, its current owner. In 2007, the very last "real" Bugatti Type 101 was presented at the Era of Exner Event and it looked as beautiful as ever. It had a few minor changes to it when compared to what it looked like in the press photo. What made it stand out from its previous incarnation were the color of the wire-wheels and the lack of a spare wheel on the rear. But all in all, it still looked like a classic - exactly what the Bugatti Type 101 was meant to be.

Wiliam Jason is a muscle car fanatic and has been collecting and restoring them for the last 15 years, You can visit his website at http://musclecarmonster.com/

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