13-15 August 2015

The Pinnacle Portfolio: A Rare Collective of Automotive Distinction

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Lot 111

2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 "001"

  • Chassis no. VF9SA15B36M795001

Sold for $1,815,000

1,001 hp, 7,993 cc DOHC 64-valve intercooled W-16 engine with four turbochargers, seven-speed, dual-clutch, semi-automatic sequential transmission, front and rear double-wishbone suspension, and four-wheel carbon-ceramic disc brakes with rear airbrake. Wheelbase: 106.7 in.

  • Number “001”: the very first production Bugatti Veyron
  • A 253-mph top speed!
  • Displayed at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show
  • Showing 764 actual miles; exceptional condition throughout
  • Recent service by Bugatti of Beverly Hills
  • Offered with a unique pre-owned warranty and service package from Bugatti Certified
  • Together with chassis "300." one of the most historically important Veyrons ever built

As perhaps the most anticipated and groundbreaking car of the 21st century, the story of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is well known by any supercar enthusiast. Perhaps lesser known are some of the ridiculous facts and figures that go along with engineering a road car capable of producing 1,000 brake horsepower and topping out at 250 mph.

• The most technologically advanced car in history.

• In order to achieve the levels of power and top speed that Piëch was after, the engineers had to marry two V-8 engines together to create a W-16 of nearly eight liters. Then, for good measure, they added four turbochargers. The result was, to say the least, powerful. An engineer recalled to National Geographic that the first time the Veyron’s engine was run at full throttle at Volkswagen’s Salzgitter, Germany, facility in 2001, the engine produced so much power, over 1,000 horsepower, that the heat it produced completely overwhelmed the building’s exhaust system on the roof, nearly burning the building down in the process.

• To manage that massive amount of heat, the car is fitted with 10 radiators, with three used to cool the engine, two for the car’s air-conditioning system, and one each for cooling off the transmission oil, engine oil, differential oil, the hydraulic oil used by the spoiler, and the air-to-liquid intercooler cooling system.

• The figure of 1,001 horsepower quoted by Bugatti is merely the minimum amount of horsepower the Veyron 16.4 can produce in less than ideal conditions. Most cars can produce between 1,030 and 1,060 horsepower in the optimum environment.

• During high-speed testing, bird strikes shattered the aluminum grille, damaging several components behind it. To combat this, engineers redesigned the grille in titanium to withstand any impact with a small animal, resulting in no damage to the car or its components.

• The Veyron’s airbrake alone is claimed to provide nearly 0.7 G of braking force, which is roughly the same amount as the brakes on an ordinary passenger car.

• At its top speed of 253 mph, the Bugatti Veyron breathes in 47,000 liters of air per minute, just as much air as one man breathes in four days.


The first production Veyron, chassis number 001, was delivered new exactly how you see it today: finished in two-tone Red and Black with a beige interior and the desirable sport seats, which is perhaps the perfect color combination for a car of this magnitude, harkening back to classic Bugatti color schemes. Its colors are eye-catching but not overtly flashy, as to distract from the fascinating marvels of engineering underneath the gorgeous paintwork. The car was delivered new to the U.S. East Coast and then arrived in California, spending the next few years in sunny and star-studded Beverly Hills.

For Bugatti, the delivery of the first production Veyron was a pivotal moment in the company’s history. The development of the Veyron was a process that had taken nearly eight years since the acquisition of Bugatti by the Volkswagen Group, and it was an arduous process. Undoubtedly, Bugatti’s executives were very much looking forward to the moment the first production car was delivered, as that moment would mark their success as manufacturers and etch their names into automotive history. They must have looked upon that first production example, this very car, with pride when it was finally completed, for in the eyes of many it was not only the first production Veyron to hit the road, but it was arguably the most impressive automobile the world had ever seen.

On the occasion of the unveiling of the final production Veyron, Bugatti flew Veyron 001 (along with Veyron 300, also offered here) to Molsheim for the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. The car was shown at Geneva to celebrate 10 years of Veyron production, accumulating in 450 wonderful automobiles. Recently, 001 received a full service by Bugatti of Beverly Hills, where it was fitted with a brand-new set of tires, invoices for which will be on file.

Additionally, RM Sotheby’s is proud to announce that Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., through their Bugatti Certified program, has offered a unique pre-owned warranty for this very special Veyron. Due to its flawless service history, the purchaser shall receive a two-year warranty plus two additional years of service free of charge. Needless to say, such an offer is utterly unprecedented and its value comfortably exceeds $100,000. Should you have any questions regarding this very special offer, please contact an RM Sotheby’s representative, be sure to inquire about the extensive list of parts and accessories that accompany this car.

Following its departure from Southern California, the Veyron has accumulated less than 400 miles with subsequent owners. Today, it remains in exceptional condition, showing very few signs of wear after having traveled fewer than 800 miles during its lifetime. This Veyron has attracted as much attention as the 300th Super Sport (also offered as part of The Pinnacle Portfolio) on the stand at Geneva, and it is hard to believe that it is nearly 10 years old. This car has clearly been well maintained and carefully preserved its entire life, as it presents incredibly well, which helps to beautifully showcase the attention to detail and craftsmanship that makes the Veyron stand out amongst its competitors.

Certainly the Veyron was more than an engineering tour de force, as its creation was a watershed moment in automotive history that may never be repeated, primarily because the budget necessary to develop a car so utterly precise is unfathomably massive and it can only be deployed by a team of engineering perfectionists willing to sacrifice profitability for the sake of automotive history. It cannot be understated, then, what chassis 001 represents to this lineage—it is as much a game-changer and pace-setter as Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis. It is the car that started it all and made everyone re-think what was possible. It is the cornerstone upon which all future supercars will be built and the only benchmark against which they can be compared. Being offered here at auction alongside chassis 300 is an unprecedented, historic opportunity.


Automobiles Ettore Bugatti has generously extended an invitation to the next owner of this Veyron to tour their facilities in Molsheim, Alsace, France. The visit will also include an opportunity to test drive a Veyron. Furthermore, the next owner will be invited to the viewing of the Veyron’s successor in September, for which the specific date and location will be provided after purchase. This invitation is in addition to any accompaniments made available in the catalogue description. Also, please note that contrary to the catalog description, the new tires have yet to be fitted and the car will need to return to an authorized Bugatti service center.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more