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ettore-bugatti.jpgFrom Milan, Italy, his Grandfather Giovanni Luigi Bugatti, was an architect and sculptor, his Father Carlo Bugatti was a furniture and jewelry designer and his younger brother Rembrandt Bugatti was a sculptor.  Ettore Bugatti who was born September 15, 1881 and died on this day August 21, 1947 was not just a designer and builder of engines and automobiles, he was an artist.  He was best known for his racing cars of the 1920s and 1930s.  Before opening his own automobile company, Ettore designed a number of engines and vehicles for other companies such as Prinetti & Stucchi and under the Dietrich-Bugatti marque and also worked for Deutz Gasmotoren Fabrik.  In 1909 Ettore Bugatti set up a small factory, Bugatti’s eponymous automobile company in Molsheim, France where he began to design and produce racing cars, luxury limousines, grand touring cars of the 1920s and 1930s and also engines, a motorized railcar the Autorail, and even an airplane, though it never flew.  His son, Jean Bugatti, Pictured below with that rather large automobile the 1932 “Royale” probably the best known vehicle of all that Bugatti built, was killed in 1939 while testing a Type 57 tank-bodied race car.  The company began to decline and during World War II the factory in Molsheim was ruined.  The name  Bugatti has been resurrected twice since World War II, most recently by Volkswagen who purchased the rights to produce cars under the Bugatti marque in 1998.  Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.  is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, along with Lamborghini, for Volkswagen’s Audi division, the Rolls-Royce factory and the Bentley marque.  Ettore was laid to rest in the Bugatti family plot in Dorlisheim, France.

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