ARTS & COLLECTIBLES
A RARE ACQUIRE
Bugatti Chiron Profilée has become the most valuable new car ever sold at auction to date.
At a recent RM Sotheby’s auction in Paris, The Bugatti Chiron Profilée, a one-of-a-kind supercar, sold for an astounding price of 9,792,500 Euros, including the buyers’ premium. The production of the Chiron1 models, the W16 Mistral2, and the Bolide3 sold out; this auction of the Chiron Profilée4 was the last possible opportunity to buy a new Bugatti powered by the legendary W16 engine directly from the Atelier in Molsheim, France. With such a significant piece of Bugatti history at stake, bidding was fierce both in the room and on the phones.
The name ‘Profilée’ draws inspiration from one of Jean Bugatti’s first creations –a specific Type 46 model, Surprofilée, with a sleeker silhouette and elegantsweeping tail. Like the Chiron PurSport5, the Chiron Profilée uses therobust 1,500 PS development of thequad-turbo 8.0-liter; the automotivesolitaire is unique in its design anddetails. The sweeping fixed rear wingdirectly integrated into the car’s bodyprovides high-speed stability andnecessary cooling for the W16 engine. The Profilée is also the first Chironsold fitted with a woven leather finishin the interior, and its exterior color,named Argent Atlantique, is uniqueand never has – and will never be –applied on any other Chiron model.The horseshoe-style wheels inspiredby the Bugatti famous horseshoe grilleare designed and engineered only for this specific car and represent further details that one can only find on the Profilée.
“With just one Chiron Profilée ever set to exist, it was important for us to offer the opportunity to acquire this piece of history to as many people as possible, and we were excited with the enthusiasm of the global automotive community for this very special car,” explains Hendrik Malinowski, Managing Director of Bugatti Automobiles. “Bidders clearly recognized the importance and value of the Chiron Profilée, with an intense rivalry and a price that places this car firmly into the history books.”