680 Mile Prototype: 1994 Bugatti EB 110 GT

When it comes to supercars, the Lamborghini Countach and Ferrari Testarossa always get the nod as two of the most iconic (with perhaps the Lotus Esprit bringing up the rear, if we’re judging 80s and 90s cars). But if you were to ask me which model I felt capture a little bit of each car in terms of pure excess, the Bugatti EB110 gets my vote. This moonshot supercar was pure excess in every form, and while it may have been incredibly complex and expensive, there’s still no missing it as one of the foremost exotics of the 1990s. This example listed here on DuPont Registry is a rare prototype model with under 1,000 original miles.

Thanks to Barn Finds reader Mitchell G. for the find. It’s of little surprise there’s no price listed – as the saying goes, if you have to ask, it’s already too much. The EB110 featured gullwing doors, wild bodywork, flat-face, turbine-look wheels, and a V12 with four turbochargers. This is barely scratching the surface of all the ridiculous features the EB110 left the factory with, which included a speed sensitive rear spoiler, glass engine cover, magnesium wheels, and a carbon fiber chassis, along with permanent all wheel drive which was still quite novel in the early 90s. The EB110 could also be had in Super Sport guise, which featured weigh-savings measures.

The interior was pure opulence, as it was still a Bugatti, inside and out. This example remains in factory fresh condition thanks to its low mileage and the fact that many of these limited production supercars were shuffled into long-term storage shortly after it was introduced. Michael Schumacher was an owner, choosing a fly yellow EB110 Super Sport, which he later crashed, blaming poor brake performance on his misstep. No matter how good of a driver you are, human nature is always inclined to blaming the equipment. Regardless, the EB110 was an incredible performer but it wasn’t enough to save the iconic company: it would eventually go bankrupt in 1995.

The 3.5L V12 engine with its four turbochargers was good for 553 b.h.p., a figure that still impresses today. The listing notes this car was delivered new to a Swiss owner (surprise, surprise) before moving to the United States years later and still with the sort of mileage that makes you wonder if it’s even surpassed the break-in period yet. The Bugatti came in a range of colors with most of them wearing the more conventional black, silver, or white scheme, but this one looks incredible in its original shade of Blu Bugatti that is a wonderful homage to the iconic Type 35 racer. The listing doesn’t detail whether there are any features that separate the prototypes from the production cars, but I doubt you’ll see yourself in the carpool lane.

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Comments

  1. Daniel Wright

    Automobile magazine reviewed these when they were new. The article was titled Boom Screech, Boom Screech…yip yip yip

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  2. Redragula

    Looks like a modified 300ZX

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  3. Mikefromthehammer

    If it is a prototype, I assume it cannot be licenced for the street?

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  4. Gerard Frederick

    WHY?? Who in his right mind would want 4 turbo chargers and a horespower output sufficient for a freight train? WHAT for? This is like owing the Hope Diamond – incredible but utterly useless.

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    • Howie Mueler

      Yes you are right, count me in.

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    • Milt

      Wretched Excess will not cure inferiority complex

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      • Gerard Frederick

        Hi Milt — it will only amplify it! All things extreme are inherently bad, it matters not in which field; it´s excessive, discard it. Imagine, foot ball star Ronaldo has 2 of these:

  5. wuzjeepnowsaab

    At the risk of being ‘that guy,’ those aren’t gullwing doors. They’re scissor doors. One of one Bugatti…this has to be listed at a multiple of a 7 figure number

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  6. Jeff

    Lets each take a part while dismantling it to say we have a component of a prototype super car and meet up again in 20 years to put it back together..

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  7. Kenn

    Is this a picture of a model? Something doesn’t look right.

    • Araknid78

      You may be on to something. The one featured in the duPont Registry is Silver with 25,000 miles. It is scheduled to be auctioned by RM/Sotheby’s on February 5, 2022

  8. t-bone BOB

    Located in Boston, MA

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