The concept of classic cars brings to mind images of vintage vehicles from past eras. However, as technology and design have evolved, so too has the definition of a classic car. Enter the “modern classic,” a term used to describe vehicles from more recent times that have earned a place in automotive history. Recently, Bugatti, the French luxury car manufacturer, restored two Veyrons, which it describes as “modern classic automotive icons.”
Bugatti, a French luxury car manufacturer, is no stranger to creating iconic cars. In 2005, they launched the Veyron, a car that was light years ahead of its time in terms of design and engineering. Fast forward to today, and the Veyron has become a collectible that is highly sought after by car enthusiasts around the world.
Luigi Galli, Bugatti’s Heritage and Certification Specialist, explains that the Veyron has only increased in popularity over time. The recent restorations of the 2006 16.4 Coupe and the 2009 Veyron Grand Sport highlight the car’s status as a modern classic automotive icon. The restoration process took nine months each, and the cars underwent a thorough technical inspection to ensure their W16 engines were still in good working condition.
The 2006 model underwent a significant color change during the restoration process, going from a two-tone grey to a two-tone blue exterior colorway, with an interior change from “cognac” to “Havanna.” Meanwhile, the 2009 model kept its exterior color but had the interior changed from “silk” to “magnolia.” The attention to detail and level of care taken during the restoration process are a testament to Bugatti’s commitment to preserving automotive history.
The cost of restoring these modern classics was substantial, but they are now owned by the same fortunate individual in the United Arab Emirates, making them even rarer and more valuable. Perhaps the owner had a particularly profitable month, or maybe they are passionate collectors who appreciate the timeless appeal of the Veyron. Regardless, these restorations are an impressive achievement and a nod to the enduring legacy of the Veyron.
Bugatti is not alone in recognizing the value of modern classic cars. As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, more recent models will undoubtedly join the ranks of automotive icons. The continued appreciation and preservation of these cars ensure that they will be enjoyed and admired for years to come, even as the definition of a classic car continues to evolve.