When unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire was the world’s most expensive new car – at $12.5m. It paid homage to a rare Bugatti that disappeared at the outbreak of World War 2. The original La Voiture Noire - named after its black paint - was one of four Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantics built from 1936-38. This stunning coupé is one of the world’s most coveted and stylish classic cars: Ralph Lauren has supposedly turned down offers of more than $100m for his. The lost masterpiece was originally used at motor shows before becoming the personal car of Jean Bugatti, the car’s designer and son of company founder Ettore Bugatti. Soon after the war began, it was sent by train to Bordeaux, away from Bugatti headquarters in Molsheim, near the German border. It hasn’t been seen since. Although the latest La Voiture Noire is no longer the world’s most valuable new car, after the unveiling this year of Rolls-Royce’s $28m Boat Tail, the original is likely to be the world’s most valuable missing car should it ever reappear.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN