Bugatti’s $18.7 million worth supercar, La Voiture Noire, is set to make its public debut in the U.S. after being sold to an anonymous male buyer.
The supercar will appear at the Concours D’Elegance in Monterey, California, an ultra-exclusive car show set to happen on Sunday. The tickets for this exclusive event go for a minimum of $450.
La Voiture Noire, which translates to ‘The Black Car’, previously debuted in Europe at the Geneva International Motor Show in March.
Rumors have started swirling around the car’s mysterious buyers after it was sold to the unidentified Bugatti aficionado based off only a sketch.
Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to deny that he was the buyer after a Spanish outlet run a story claiming that he bought the car.
‘The story isn’t true. He has not bought it,’ Ronaldo’s spokesman told TMZ in May.
Other speculations on the identity of the buyer revolve around boxer Floyd Mayweather who is known to own a fleet of luxury vehicles including several Bugatti’s.
Keen observers note, however, that Mayweather has been known to flaunt his wealth hence is very unlikely to have kept the car a secret.
There have also been reports that the supercar is actually headed to Ferdinand Piech, the former chairman of the Volkswagen Group, which owns Bugatti.
The company’s spokesperson said that Bugatti approached a single buyer with concept sketches of the vehicle, and the customer agreed to buy it on the spot.
‘As soon as a customer makes a public claim, then we can refer to that, but other than that we will honor a customer’s anonymity and he will decide whether or not he wants to remain anonymous,’ Bugatti spokesman Tim Bravo told the media.
The only clue the luxury carmaker offered is that the buyer is married, noting that his wife suggested the car’s six tailpipes.
The buyer will have complete freedom to customize the car’s interior, said Bravo.
The French luxury company built only one of the prototype supercar, which is a tribute to the 110th anniversary of the founding of the company.
The La Voiture Noire is a modern interpretation of the mythical and legendary Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, four of which were built between 1936 and 1938.
While three can be accounted for, the fourth was lost in World War II and if found it would presently be valued at well over $100 million.
The La Voiture Noire is a veritable rocketship, powered by an 8.0-liter turbocharged W16 engine that can reach 260mph.
Although the car is thought to be the most expensive new car ever sold, there will likely be even more expensive classic cars at Pebble Beach on Sunday.
A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold at last year’s Pebble Beach car week for a record $48.4 million.