For its fifth of eight “Legends of Bugatti” offering, Bugatti will introduce the Veyron “Black Bess” at the 2014 Beijing auto show. Like other Legend cars, only three Veyron Black Bess vehicles will be produced, all based off of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse convertible.
The Veyron Black Bess is named after a specific Bugatti Type 18 built for French aviation celebrity Roland Garros. Bugatti built just seven Type 18 vehicles between 1912 and 1914, which used a 5.0-liter four-cylinder engine that could take the racing vehicle to a then unheard-of 100-mph top speed. Named after an English racehorse, Garros’ “Black Bess” is one of three Type 18 units still in existence.
Like the Garros’ original car, the Veyron Black Bess is painted completely black save for a few gold accents. Most prominent is the Bugatti horseshoe, crafted from 24-carat gold, which surrounds the Veyron Black Bess’ front grille. Gold stripes run along the hood, toward gold-engraved gas tank and oil caps, gold-finished hub covers, and a gold rear badge.
Inside, the Bugatti Veyron Black Bess sports high-quality leather interior and rosewood trim, as one expects from a $3 million roadster that can reach 254 mph. What really makes the Veyron Black Bess special are the hand-painted historic scenes of Garros’ airplane and original Type 18 Bugatti, which are directly applied onto the leather door panels and center box. Bugatti used a special ink and protection process to keep the panels protected from environmental degradation and abrasion.
The 1200-hp, 8.0-liter quad-turbo Bugatti Veyron Black Bess will show at the 2014 Beijing auto show, alongside Garros’ original Type 18 car. Since the previous Rembrandt Legend car debuted at Geneva, all three examples are now already spoken for, so hop a plane to Beijing and act fast if you want the Veyron Black Bess for your collection.