Bugatti Showcases Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Usine Before Icon Reveal

Bugatti Type 57 is a legend. In almost any shape, it's worth seven or eight figures. Bugatti is touting a one-off specimen it says "inspires modern Bugatti automobiles."

Only this Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Usine exists. 1934's competition model was unveiled. Aluminum makes its body light and sturdy.

V-shaped windscreens, aerodynamic headrest supports, and streamlined fenders show competition spirit. The car's controls and sitting position have been modified from the standard Type 57.

Bugatti's nameplate never included Usine. Ettore's son Jean Bugatti designed the car, according to the company. Yellow and black are Ettore's favorite colors.

Pierre Veyron, the first hypercar's namesake, entered this vehicle in the Paris-Nice rally. 1935 Chavigny hill climb winner. It's more than a family heirloom; it's automotive history.

Could the Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Usine be Bugatti's new "icon"? The timing is uncertain but interesting. Christophe Piochon, Bugatti's president, also suggests a link.

"The Bugatti Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Usine is an extraordinary piece of Bugatti's heritage," remarked Piochon. It was intended for performance and luxury. It's the inspiration for modern Bugattis."

This icon is in Hague's Louwman Museum. These two emblems are linked because the museum opened in 1934. We're excited to see if the Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Usine influenced the upcoming automobile.