Started in 1909, Bugatti was a truly international affair. It was headquartered in Molsheim, then a part of Germany, and was founded by Ettore Bugatti, an Italian by birth. The company made sports cars and took part in racing, primarily grands prix.

Molsheim is now located in France. In 1963, after of Ettore in 1947 and his son in 1939, Bugatti was purchased by Spanish car maker Hispano-Suiza. In 1987 the brand was purchased by Italian Romano Artioli.

After the failure of the Artioli’s EB110 due to a global economic recession, the company went into liquidation and the brand was eventually bought by Volkswagen in 1998.


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