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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Rare 1-of-3 Bugatti Veyron Meo Costantini Surfaces in Dubai



As it stands, the hallowed Bugatti Veyron is already an exceedingly rare car. Only 450 were made, and many of them have since been squirreled away into private collections and climate-controlled garages. That makes this car a bit of an outlier.
It’s a special edition 2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, and it’s denoted as the Meo Costantini, one of just three cars to share that name from Bugatti’s limited-run ‘Legends’ series. It’s also on the free market at Dubai’s Deals on Wheels car dealership, with an asking price equivalent to $2,720,000.

Bugatti originally debuted the car at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show, and given its current location, perhaps this iteration never left.


The Bugatti Les Légendes series kicked off toward the tail end of Veyron production in 2013 and paid tribute to some of the largest figures from Bugatti’s early days. First came the Jean-Pierre Wimille, next the Jean Bugatti, and thirdly the Meo Costantini, which honored the eponymous close friend of founder Ettore Bugatti. Costantini raced a Bugatti Type 35 to victory at the Targa Florio twice and went on to head up Bugatti’s own factory racing team for eight years.

In his honor, this special edition wears blue paint evocative of his original Bugatti Type 35 racer, and though the body is made almost entirely of carbon fiber, the lustrous bumpers, doors, and front fenders are rendered in aluminum. As a special touch, Costantini’s signature is also laser cut into the gas cap.


Like the rest of the Grand Sport Vitesse roadsters, this car serves up its 8.0-liter W16 engine with 1,200 horsepower on offer. Zero to 60 mph takes less than 2.6 seconds and its top speed of 253 mph makes this car the fastest production roadster in the world. Its original asking price? A sizable €2.09 million, or about $2,320,000 at today’s rates.