Masked under a slick new tw-tone blue carbon paint job, this is the first of six special edition Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesses dubbed "Les Légendes de Bugatti." The Grand Sport Vitesse, which is the fastest convertible in the world will represent six different Bugatti racing legends, the first of which (shown by this car) is Jean-Pierre Wimille. Wimille won twice at the 24 Heures du Mans, the first in 1937 with Robert Benoist in a Bugatti 57G Tank and the second time in 1939 with Pierre Veyron in a 57C Tank. The blue in today's car is an homage to the blue on the 57G.
This particular model will debut in Pebble Beach, similar to how Bugatti unveiled a special edition at The Quail last year. Find out more about Wimille from the official release after the jump.
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About Jean-Pierre Wimille
Jean-Pierre Wimille was one of the longest-serving test drivers at Bugatti. The son of a journalist, he was born in Paris on 26 February 1908 and drove almost exclusively for Bugatti throughout his racing career. With a number of victories already under his belt, in 1933 Ettore Bugatti invited him to take up the position of official test driver for the brand. He joined Bugatti at a point when its last great racing triumphs lay a few years in the past, making the string of victories he brought home to Molsheim over the following years even more significant. In his very first year he came first in the Algerian Grand Prix, then in 1935 he collected the title in the then-famous hill climb at La Turbie near Nice driving a T 59, following this with a second place in the Tunisian Grand Prix and fourth place in Spain.
And it was Jean-Pierre Wimille who brought Bugatti what was to be its last ever racing number one, in 1947 at the Bois de Boulogne, behind the wheel of a 4.7 liter Monoposto Type 59/50 B. Wimille was a world-class driver, who played a key role at Bugatti, especially as the brand's racing era came to an end. His greatest racing achievement was without doubt his twin victories for Bugatti at Le Mans. He died in a car crash in 1949 in Buenos Aires.