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Friday, August 29, 2014

The lengthy process of shipping the world’s ugliest $3-million car

Posted By Shawn Langlois  
Market Watch @ the Wall St. Journal 

 
Considering what it might cost to repair a ding, the process of shipping this $3-million Bugatti Veyron Vitesse doesn’t seem so heavy-handed.
 
Then again, when the paint job is finally revealed, it seems a few scratches could actually help. What’s the opposite of lipstick on a pig?
 
Anyway, Spencer Berke, an employee at San Diego’s Symbolic Motors, took the time to document the laborious delivery of the ultra-rare sportscar, and suffice to say, Kia probably doesn’t go to these lengths to ship its Rio.
 
 
 
 
The car was handled like a Faberge egg filled with snowflakes. Special wood floors in the transport truck. Each wheel spoke was individually wrapped.
 
The owner stood by as “one of the most respected and skilled Bugatti technicians in the world” went about disrobing this beast, according to Berke.
 
 
 
 
As for the paint job, this is how Berke describes the process:
 
 “They basically take the car into a detail booth where they paint buff their final vehicles. Inside of their booth, they have a surrounding dome of lights that overhang the entire car.
 
 They actually mask off the reflections of the lights on the car and base the paint off the reflections leaving behind a crazy, marble like paint scheme.”
 
The proud buyer of the car wasn’t identified. This guy, perhaps?
 
 
 

The Bugatti Veyron is nearing its production run, with a total of 450 being built. At last check, there were just 15 left to be sold. Check out the full video.