For many, the trip to Château Saint Jean – the historic home of Bugatti – represents something of a pilgrimage. As well as being the one and only assembly site for all modern Bugatti hyper sports cars, it is also inextricably linked to Ettore Bugatti himself, who bought and renovated the château as a place to welcome customers and introduce them to the lifestyle of Bugatti. Today, it continues to welcome a few fortunate individuals from all over the world, with one particularly loyal H.R. Owen Bugatti owner paying an extraordinary recent visit.
This long-term H.R. Owen Bugatti client has carefully curated a collection of Molsheim’s rarest vehicles, including each of the World Record Cars: the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record Edition, Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Edition and Chiron Super Sport 300+1. His longstanding desire was to bring the cars home, to reunite them with the place where they came to life and the team who made it possible; a dream that H. R. Owen Bugatti was delighted to help fulfil.
The three record-breaking hyper sports cars were carefully driven up to the Château Saint Jean and were joined by other rarities from The Singh Collection, Punjab, India: the Bugatti Veyron Pur Sang and the Divo.
To celebrate this special day, each of the customer’s cars were hand-signed by Bugatti Design Director, Achim Anscheidt – with a special note for the three world record cars that read: “In record-breaking friendship. Molsheim, 26/4/23”. To immortalize this once in a lifetime moment, record-breaking drivers Andy Wallace and Pierre-Henri Raphanel also signed the Chiron Super Sport 300+ and Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record Edition.
In return, the customer delivered a special gift from his collection, to be kept in Molsheim. Late in 2022, Bugatti worked with Champagne Carbon to develop the unique La Bouteille Noire, a hand-crafted carbon fibre case in the style of La Voiture Noire, which housed within its leather-lined interior a 15-litre bottle of fine vintage champagne. This one-of-one creation – bought by The Singh Collection, Punjab, India and now adorned with a personalized inscription – will be temporarily housed at Château Saint Jean for visitors to admire.
“Every time I come to Molsheim, I not only feel part of the Bugatti family, I feel part of Bugatti history. With these cars reunited where they first came to life, I felt an even stronger connection to the brand’s incredible legacy. My cars returned home, but the team made me feel as if I had also returned home – it’s a truly incomparable feeling,” said the customer.
Christophe Piochon, President of Bugatti Automobiles, said: “For one owner to curate his own collection of all three of these vehicles, alongside an additional limited edition Veyron Pur Sang and the coach built Divo, shows an incomparable passion for the Bugatti brand, its history and its achievements. But an owner with this level of dedication to our brand knows that Bugatti ownership is about much more than the vehicle itself. We were really honoured to welcome him and his cars home to Molsheim and create an experience that he will never forget.”