Ettore Bugatti

Bugatti cars are one of the fastest and very expensive cars in the world, and to make this car a world’s famous brand its owner Ettore Bugatti had done very hard work to reach this position. 

Ettore Bugatti

Ettore Bugatti Biography

The original name of Ettore Bugatti was Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti. Ettore was a great Italian-French entrepreneur and automobile designers like Karl Benz and Ferruccio Lamborghini. And why he is known as an Italian-French entrepreneur we will tell you in this. Ettore is one of the most famous and well-known members of the list of successful entrepreneurs. He was born in Milan, Italy on the 15th of September in 1881. 

His Family

Ettore Bugatti belonged to an artistic family. Because his father Carlo Bugatti and his mother Teresa Lorioli both were Art Nouveau Furniture & Jewelry Designer, his younger Rembrandt Bugatti was a famous animal sculpture, and his father Giovanni Luigi Bugatti was a good architect and sculptor. While Ettore himself became an engineer and designer of luxurious automobiles.

Early Life and Career

In 1898 at the age of 17, he joined the bicycle and tricycle manufacturing company of Preneti and Stucci for the internship, where he made his first vehicle, a motorized tricycle operated by two engines made by De Dion for his first race. It was a circle trip from Verona to Mantua and back to Verona.

This extraordinary feat was soon followed by his first automobile in 1900. The outstanding construction method had been supported by Count Gulinelli, who saw the talent that the young engineer associate degree future manufacturing business was developing from such an early age. The project also won the young Ettore Award.

Ettore’s talent was also recognized by others, so on July 2, 1901, he got the job of technical director at the De Dietrich plant. Ettore Bugatti evolved a second prototype which was an award-winning exhibition at the Milan Trade Fair in the spring of 1901. In 1907, Bugatti was nominated as a Production Director with Detz.

During World War I

After the completion of the project in 1909, he ended his contract with Deutz. Despite being born in Italy, Bugatti owns his famous automobile company, the Automobiles E. Bugatti in Molsheim in the town of Germany at the Alsace region where he began manufacturing of the Bugatti T13. 

At that time the Alsace was German territory, it became French in 1919 and was annexed by Germany during World War II and later occupied by France in 1944 and he got the french citizenship in 1947. So that’s why Ettore Buggati is known as the Italian-French entrepreneur.

During the subsequent years, the recently established Bugatti automobile producing continued to expand, Ettore conjointly developing many alternative further projects together with the Bebe model for Peugeot. Bugatti style licenses were conjointly bought by Diatto in Torino, Rabag from Düsseldorf and Crossley from Manchester, Great Britain.

When the First World War began, the Bugatti moved back to Milan and then Paris with his family. While displaced from his home in Alsace in World War I. Bugatti started design airplane engines with 8 and 16 cylinders. During the wars, Ettore Bugatti designed a successfully motorized railcar dubbed the Autorel Bugatti and won a government contract to make an airplane, the Model 100.

The Type 13, which was sold between 1910 and 1920, had a 1.6L engine and a 4-valve head that was personally designed by Ettore. The car gets the second position in 1911 at Le Mans in a seven-hour-long race. His cars won him at Le Mans in 1920 and Brescia in 1921, winning three times thereafter. The winning streak continues, reaching over 400 victories by 1925.

Car Models

There are some of the initial car models of Bugatti.

  • Type 2 cars: In 1901, Bugatti launch his first car at an international exhibition in Milan. He built a car – Type 2 – with the help of Gulinelli Brothers and it won an award from the French Automobile Club. However, this project fell through when one of the Gulinelli brothers died. In the end, the license to produce a car sold to the company De Dietrich in Niederbronn, Alsace.
  • Type 5 cars: In 1903, the first racing car was designed by Bugatti. The chain-driven car was an upgraded version of the Gulinelli car, with a 12.9-liter displacement and a chassis with a tubular frame to circulate coolant.
  • Type 10/13 cars: Type 10 is the first “Pur Sang” developed by Bugatti. Fitted with the four-cylinder engine with a 1.3-liter displacement. IN 1910, the first machinery was delivered to Molsheim and production began on the eight-valve car. The production of Type 10 cars continued till 1914.
  • Type 18 cars: Type 18 had a four-cylinder, five-liter engine with a power output of 100Hp and a chain driver. The famous french pilot Roland Garros owned one of this extremely powerful racing car for when he needs to travel through the road.
  • Type 13 cars: The 16 value engine of type 13 was developed before the First World war. Production begins in Malsheim before the war and resumed in 1919 and proved extremely successful. Various versions with different chassis lengths were produced until 1926 the type- 15, 17, 22, and 23. The car was nicked name “Brescia” after winning the top four spots.
  • Type 28 cars: type 28 was built as a prototype in 1921, but a large number of a patent that was applied for paved the way for all subsequent Bugatti developments, especially the three-liter, eight-cylinder engine that appeared in this form for the first time.
  • Type 29/30 cars: The type 29/30 was Bugatti’s first eight-cylinder racing car. With a two-liter displacement, three valves per cylinder and an overhead camshaft, the engine achieve a power output of 80 hp. The car was fitted with the hydraulic braking system and boosted a revolutionary shape.
  • Type 30 TOURER: Bugatti’s first touring car was the type 30. Over 600 units were produced and sold between 1922 and 1926. Bugatti car was always designed to be suitable for racing, the meaning of type 30 could be used on both roads and racing tracks.
  • Type 32 cars: Bugatti entered the revolutionary-looking racing car in the french grant Prix in 1923 too. That year race was held on the tour. Bugatti used the body shell with a wing-shaped cross-section. However, the small wheelbase made it difficult to control, while the shape of the car tended to generate lift rather than downfall, So there is no surprise that the Bugatti managed no more than a third-place finish.
  • Type 35 cars: the Year 1924 was a Bugatti “Golden age”; production began on the success full type 35 race car. Ettore Bugatti introduces several innovations such as the striking horse shape of the radiator grille and the aluminum wheel. Type 35 become the most successful racing car of all time. No car was as fast, beautiful and safe as the eight-cylinder type 35 car built by Bugatti.
  • Type 37 cars: In 1926, 1.5-liter Brescia was succeeded by the car with the chassis and the body of type 35 and a small 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. This car was dubbed the type 37. At first glance, the engine looks like a four-cylinder version of type 28. Like the type 28, it had a plain bearing crankshaft instead of the racing crankshaft like the one used in type 35.

Decline of Bugatti

Beginning in 1933, Bugatti began to build railcars using Royale engines and other car parts. During the 1950s, a total of 85 railway personnel were created. His son Jean was already actively involved in the company and he was a very talented engineer.

Ettore Bugatti is the only car manufacturer that managed to combine tradition, innovation, and creativity into just one car model. In 1934, Ettore began producing the infamous and more expensive than you know the Type 57 model, whose chassis is designed entirely by his son.

During the Second World War, Ettore encountered two family deaths. First of his son Jean Bugatti, on 11 August 1939 at the age of 30 years. Jean died during a Type 57 tank body racer driving test near the Molsheim factory. He collided with a tree while trying to escape from a drunken cyclist who hit the track. Shortly thereafter, Ettore’s wife Barbara also died in 1944.

A photo of Ettore Bugatti with his son Jean Bugatti.

A photo of Ettore Bugatti with his son Jean Bugatti.

World War II devastated the factory in Molsheim, and the company lost control over the property. During this time, Ettore remarried with Genevieve Marguerit Deleuze in 1946 and had a son and a daughter with her. Bugatti planned a new factory in Levalovice in Paris to produce a range of new cars.


A successful entrepreneur and great designer of automobile Ettore Bugatti passed away in Paris on the 21st of August 1947 at American Hospital affected by the paralysis of his mental faculties. He was buried in Dorlisheim in the Bugatti family plot near Moleshim.


Ettore Bugatti was a person who changes the automobile sector completely. He develops lots of beautiful car models and the expensive one also. Bugatti cars have traditionally been one of the most exquisite designs in automobile history. Even today, a Bugatti car can make heads turn whenever you spot them on the racing track.

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