La Voiture Noire: The World’s Most Expensive Car

by Kiana
May 14, 2019

Jean Bugatti, a visionary and gifted car designer, had a unique feel for proportions and aerodynamics in his car designs which made his creations far ahead of his time. One of his most extraordinary creations were the Four Atlantics. The most famous of the Four Atlantics is the 57 453; charmed by the car’s grace and beauty, Jean Bugatti decided to keep the second Atlantic built for his own personal use. During the Second World War, the car was sent to a safe region before German troops invaded Alsace however the whereabouts of Jean Bugatti’s personal “La Voiture Noire” is still unknown, remaining the biggest mystery in Bugatti’s fabled history but the car still lives on in myth, inspiring people all over the world.

The new, one off “La Voiture Noire” unveiled in 2019 Geneva Motorshow is Jean Bugatti’s personal Atlantic, reimagined with today’s technology to build the ultimate graceful GT to concur today’s world. In its exclusiveness, style and performance, the one off hypercar is a remarkable creation that continues Jean Bugatti’s legacy in striving for performance.

Despite the unique design and the extravagant bodywork, the La Voiture Noire is still a standard Chiron under the hood, hence the performance is very similar to the Chiron. Behind the passenger cell is the company’s 8.0L quad-turbo W16 engine, producing 1479 horsepower and 1600Nm of torque.  So, the question remains; what makes the car worth $18-million, other than the fact that it’s a one off inspired by Jean Bugatti’s personal Atlantic?

Although the engine output is unchanged from the Chiron and the Chiron Sport, neither of them have six exhaust tips sticking out the back, or their headlamps looking as if it’s made from diamonds. And that’s what the La Voiture Noire is all about; taking an already great automobile and taking inspiration from one of the greatest classic car of all time to create an ultimate grand tourer. The car pays tribute to the Atlantic based on two main features; the fin on the roof that replicates the central fin that kept the two-piece body together on the original Atlantics, and the arched engine hood that simulates the boat-tail design of the Atlantic. The car is absolutely breathtaking to look at. Even the wheels are a breathtaking sight thanks to its two-tone design.

Nobody has seen the interior of this beautiful creation, but considering that it was created specifically for a Bugatti enthusiast who is deeply fascinated by the Atlantic, it would have certainly taken some inspiration from the original all-black Atlantics. It would most likely have either an all-black interior or a combination of brown and black.

With the amount that this car costs, you can get yourself 4 Chirons and a few supercars with the leftover money, so it may not seem like it’s worth it. So, in order to truly understand and appreciate this car for the luxurious and unique creation that it is, you really must be drowning in a lot of money and filled with a lot of passion for the history of the Atlantic that the La Voiture Noire is based on.