Want a Really Rare Bugatti? Buy This 1-of-3 EB112 Sedan
Though the Veyron can’t match the Chiron’s pace, it’s arguably the latter’s match in terms of pop-culture prominence. However, while these are arguably Bugatti’s most iconic modern models, the French brand has a whole catalog of famous historic cars. But even in the rarified world of rare Bugattis, some have slipped through the cracks of public consciousness. Now, one of these oft-forgotten supercars is for sale: a Bugatti EB112 sedan.
It didn’t have an EB110 heart, but Bugatti tried to bring its EB112 sedan to life anyway
|Torque||479 lb-ft (Robb Report)|
|Drive type||All-wheel drive|
|0-60 mph time||4.3 seconds|
|Top speed||186 mph|
Decades before the Chiron or even the Veyron spun their wheels in anger, there was another Bugatti supercar. One made before Volkswagen bought the storied brand: the Bugatti EB110. With a 560-hp quad-turbo V12, carbon-fiber chassis, aluminum body panels, AWD, and a manual, the 1991 EB110 GT was arguably the world’s first hypercar. And the Kevlar-bodied 611-hp EB110 SS was even more, well, hyper.
However, the EB110 could’ve had a four-door showroom sibling. Shortly after it went on sale, Bugatti introduced a concept car at the 1993 Geneva Motor Show: the EB112 sedan. Although it shared part of its name with the supercar, the EB112 didn’t have its quad-turbo V12. But it did have a larger-displacement naturally-aspirated V12, carbon-fiber chassis, and optional four-wheel steering.
Today, an AWD sedan that can hit 60 mph in under five seconds with that kind of tech is a rarity. In the early 1990s, it was practically unheard-of, Road & Track muses. And it wasn’t just fast: according to then-CEO Roman Artioli, it was “’similar to a go-kart, it corners flat and is even more enjoyable to drive than an EB110,’” Hagerty says.
And the Bugatti EB112 wasn’t just fast—it was stylish, too. Famous designer Giorgetto Giugiaro penned its exterior with an eye on the brand’s history. The overall shape, for example, recalls the famous Type 57SC, while its wheels reference the ones on the Royale. And the sedan has the iconic Bugatti ‘spine’ that even the Bolide uses.
There are only three EB112s and one is up for sale
Unfortunately, the Bugatti EB112 was the victim of bad timing. The company could only finish one complete customer car before it went bankrupt. With two more EB112s assembled from incomplete chassis, that puts the grand total of modern Bugatti sedans at three. And now’s your chance to buy one of them.
German dealer Schaltkulisse is currently selling Bugatti EB112 chassis #39002, the second of the three sedans built. Italdesign, the design firm that Giugiaro founded, still holds the first car, while Italian businessman Gildo Pallanca Pastor owns the third. Pastor had the Monaco Racing Team assemble his EB112 as well as the one that Schaltkulisse is selling.
Because #39002 wasn’t assembled until 2000, it’s technically a 2000 Bugatti EB112. But semantics aside, it’s in stellar condition; it only has 2423 miles on the cock. And the interior features large Veyron-like metal plates, black leather upholstery, and a period-correct audio system with a CD player, RR says. Also, while it looks like a four-seater, the EB112 really seats five: the rear center divider pulls up to reveal a third middle seat. So, while it’s not quite as fast, this ‘90s Bugatti has more seats than the Koenigsegg Gemera.
How much is this Bugatti sedan supercar worth?
Admittedly, ‘practicality’ isn’t usually a priority for supercar buyers. But then again, that’s why Artioli wanted to make a Bugatti sedan in the first place. Still, that begs the question: how much does Schaltkulisse want for this EB112?
As of this writing, the German dealer doesn’t list an official price, so it’s likely in the ‘if you have to ask’ ballpark. Plus, because there are literally three EB112s in existence, it’s nigh-impossible to determine their market values. However, keep in mind that even a fair-condition EB110 GT easily costs over half a million dollars, Hagerty reports. In addition, Pastor’s EB112 went to auction in 2016 but failed to sell at the then-equivalent of $2.1 million.
Though to be fair, even at that price this EB112 would still be cheaper than La Voiture Noire.
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