Bugatti Brescia: Birth of a Legend

Celebrating the centenary year of the Bugatti Brescia


The centenary milestone of the idolised Bugatti Brescia will be celebrated with a very special display at this year’s show. While it was in 1909 that the Italian-born, French design genius Ettore Bugatti founded the illustrious company which famously still bears his name to this day, it was in 1921 that Bugatti really came of age when a quartet of its early Type 13s scored a brand defining 1-2-3-4 finish in the Brescia Grand Prix.

Capitalising on this significant international success, all subsequent Type 13s armed with similar multi-valve engines proudly bore the commemorative ‘Brescia’ designation, orders poured in and the immortal Bugatti legend was born.

Nearly 100 years on, those cherished Brescia models are more highly-prized than ever before often changing hands for close to £500,000 at auction. Now, to mark the centenary of Bugatti’s greatest triumph, our visitors will be treated to a magical collection of outstanding Brescia models dating back to the 1920s.

Now to honour this remarkable centenary in terrific style, we will have a special display at the show organised with enthusiastic support from the Bugatti Owners’ Club and The Bugatti Trust. Nick Upton, Chairman of the Bugatti Owners’ Club told us: “We will be displaying a real box of chocolates complete with hill climber, rally, the Parisian gentleman and the amateur racer cars. So originality, competition and design will be at the centre of the Bugatti Owners’ Club pavilion.”

Hugh Conway, chairman of The Bugatti Trust Museum and Study Centre, is equally enthused. He said: “The Bugatti Trust, the centre of research into the history of Bugatti, is delighted to join into the celebration of the centenary of the Bugatti 4-cylinder Type 13’s race victory at Brescia in 1921 in which it took the first four places. It and its longer wheelbase derivative thereafter have been known as ‘The Brescia’ and was one of Ettore Bugatti’s most successful models, 2000 being made in the years to 1926.”

We look forward to welcoming them to this year’s show to celebrate this hugely significant centenary.