Anyone with a Bugatti Veyron on their holiday wish list, be warned: Only 50 units of the multimillion-dollar car are left. And when the final one is sold, production will cease forever.
And with the end of the 450-model production run will come the end of one of the most remarkable chapters in automotive history.
A car born out of an obsession to create the fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive car in history, the Bugatti Veyron was the first production car with over 1,000 bhp, the first to go from 0-100 kph in 2.45 seconds and, to this day, still the fastest proven street-legal vehicle in existence -- capable of 431 kph.
And then there's the price tag, a whopping $1.3 million for the ‘entry level' EB 16.4.
Yet despite the price, which has climbed significantly as horsepower and top speed have increased in the face of competition, all of the hardtop coupe editions (limited to 300 units) have found owners, as have 100 open-top roadsters.
Bugatti is this week celebrating the sale of the 400th Veyron to a client in the Middle East -- a $2.9-million Grand Sport Vitesse ‘Jean-Pierre Wimille' special edition. There’s only three models in existence.
Bugatti Automobiles President Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber said this of hitting that milestone: "With the Veyron, Bugatti has established itself as the most exclusive and most luxurious super sports car brand in the world. The Veyron is a unique success story and sets a high standard for the future of Bugatti."
And that's no exaggeration. The Veyron could prove an impossible act to follow -- although that won't stop Bugatti from trying.
But as well as replacing the Veyron, the Volkswagen-owned company is also expected to launch an equally sporty executive car that will give the Rolls-Royce Wraith, Bentley Continental Flying Spur or even the Ferrari FF a run for their money.