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Kazu Tanaka, Tokyo, Japan (acquired by 1995)Ryuzo Kuroki, Tama, Japan (acquired in 2006)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Between the two French incarnations of Bugatti automobile production was an Italian line – Bugatti S.p.A. – established by respected entrepreneur Romano Artioli after he acquired the rights to the marque in 1987. Bugatti S.p.A. introduced its signature model, christening it the EB110 in 1991, to commemorate Ettore Bugatti’s 110th birthday.
Artioli’s new supercar was the synthesis of an all-star cast of preeminent design and engineering talents, starting with a carbon fiber tub woven by Aérospatiale, which built the Concorde supersonic airliner. The tub was fastened in monocoque style to scintillating coachwork by famed designer Marcello Gandini, who had previously penned Lamborghini’s Miura and Countach, as well as the Lancia Stratos. At 552 bhp, the V-12 designed by former Lamborghini engineer Paolo Stanzani provided 472 lbs./ft. of torque. The factory’s performance data showed a 0–100 kph time of 3.46 seconds and a top speed of 213 mph, earning the EB110 GT the distinction of being the world’s fastest production car. This was accomplished through a 60-valve engine that was outfitted with four turbochargers feeding 12 individual throttle bodies.
The Bugatti EB110 was available in two iterations, the EB110 GT, which is distinguished by its electronically deployed rear wing, and the EB110 SS. In all, only 136 examples were completed, according to the EB110 Registry, adding rarity to the model’s numerous exceptional qualities.
Benefiting from low mileage and outstanding documentation, this EB110 is the 30th of 84 GT examples, and about the 47th example completed overall. This Bugatti is particularly desirable due to its early position in the build sequence, as the early cars exhibited more consistent build quality compared to some manufactured during the final months before the company ceased operations in 1995. As documented by copies of extremely rare factory build sheets, assembly of chassis 047 was completed in late September 1993. The car was equipped with air-conditioning and elegantly finished in Grigio Scuro Metallizzato paint, with an interior of Grigio Chiaro leather and is believed to have been exhibited at the 1994 Geneva Auto Show. The Bugatti originally was earmarked for delivery to a German customer but was redirected by the factory to Japan and was purchased by Kazu Tanaka of Tokyo. The car passed to Ryuzo Kuroki in 2006, and 10 years later it was acquired by the consignor.
Currently displaying less than 14,000 km, this EB110 GT has recently been serviced and is accompanied by a travel kit, owner’s manual, factory brochures, and a fascinating press kit on the EB110 product line. Well-documented and well-maintained, this rare Bugatti EB110 GT should compel the attention of any Bugatti enthusiast or supercar collector who is seeking an outstanding example of Romano Artioli’s brilliant contribution to the legendary marque.