Bankruptcies tend to be death knells for automakers, and when they are, unfinished models typically litter their wakes. Promises left unfulfilled, usually never to be. That’s not the case for this Bugatti EB112 sedan. Originally, these cars were to be built in the early 1990s—1993 to be exact—however, Bugatti went bankrupt just after the first sedan was built. Despite that, the supercar maker had manufactured spare parts and another two unfinished chassis just before going belly up. So, what happened to those wild sedans?
The two remaining, unfinished EB112 chassis and associated parts were sold to Gildo Pallanca Pastor, a businessman located in Monaco, during Bugatti’s liquidation in 1995. Everything was then sent to Monaco Racing Team with the intent to finish them. The car here is chassis number 39002 with 39003 remaining in Pastor’s possession. Originally, 39002 was ordered by Chevalley, a Swiss Bugatti importer, which originally requested it on April 27, 1993.
Seven Years Later
In February, 2000—nearly seven years later—the EB112 was finished and delivered by Monaco Racing Team. The chassis came finished in dark anthracite, and everything is from the original Bugatti factory, including the 6.0-liter V-12 engine putting out 450 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque.
The motor was stout enough to push this all-wheel-drive, fastback sedan to 186 mph and to 62 mph in just 4.3 seconds. That may not sound fast today but, in 1993, it was quicker than a Ferrari F40 despite its lower top speed. Keep in mind that this is also a four-door luxury sedan that weighed nearly 4,000 pounds.
Now, just 21 years later and just over 2,400 miles on the odometer, chassis 39002 is back up for sale and listed on Schaltkulisse GmbH, a German collector car outfit based just southeast of Munich. No price is listed, and anyone seriously interested in the Bugatti is encouraged to contact the store. We’re betting it’s well into unobtainium territory, considering rare Bugattis such as the classic Atlantic went for $114 million—and only four of those are known to exist. As it’s only one of three of the EB112s built, we’re willing to bet this more modern curiosity will command a similarly eye-popping, if not as rich, figure.
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