Ettore Bugatti

Inducted 2000

Made the Bugatti name world renowned for fine luxury automobiles and highly competitive racing cars Ettore Bugatti was born in Milan, Italy. In 1902, he moved to Germany to begin a career in the growing German auto industry. In 1909, Bugatti created the automobile company bearing his name. Following World War I, the French-German border changed, which resulted in Bugatti’s company operating in French-controlled territory. The Bugatti name soon became known throughout the world for automated and accurate manufacturing processes combined with exquisite artisanship. Bugatti cars competed with Rolls Royce and Auto Union’s Horch brand, building cars of the highest quality for the wealthy and powerful. During the 1930s, the Bugatti Royale Type-41 became one of the most sought-after luxury cars of all time. Bugatti cars also developed a fine reputation in the field of auto racing. The Bugatti Type-35 dominated the racing scene for several years while facing tough competition produced by Fiat, Mercedes and Bentley. In 1947, Ettore Bugatti became a French citizen. He died that year at the age of 66. The Bugatti name today remains famous for fine styling and craftsmanship and outstanding engineering.

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