Bugatti Sur Mesure Honors the Iconic Type 55 with a Unique Chiron Super Sport

May 25, 2024 | by

The genius of Jean Bugatti, the visionary designer and engineer, continues to resonate throughout the automotive world. His pioneering creations, characterized by unmatched aesthetic proportions and engineering prowess, have left an indelible mark on automotive history. Among his many masterpieces, the Type 55 is a symbol of his supreme talent and innovative spirit. Jean Bugatti’s Type 55 Super Sport is a marvel of motorsport inspiration, featuring a 2.3-liter straight-eight engine derived from the formidable Type 51 racer. Its distinction lies in its two-seater roadster body, designed by Jean himself. As Bugatti‘s inaugural Super Sport model, the Type 55 laid the foundation for a new category, blending grand touring comfort with a remarkable top speed of 180 km/h. This groundbreaking model also introduced the iconic duotone paint scheme that would inspire Bugatti’s contemporary A/B color split, with the most revered Type 55 model donning the timeless combination of black and yellow.

Bugatti Sur Mesure Chiron Super Sport ‘55 1 OF 1’

With only 38 units ever crafted, the Type 55 Super Sport remains a rare gem, coveted by collectors worldwide. Its legacy as the pioneer of the Grand Prix car for the road segment has captured the imagination of a Chiron Super Sport customer and the Sur Mesure team at Bugatti.

Jascha Straub, Manager of Sur Mesure and Individualization at Bugatti, seized the opportunity to pay tribute to Jean Bugatti’s groundbreaking creations with the Chiron Super Sport ‘55 1 of 1’ commission. Straub, along with a dedicated Bugatti partner in Dubai, delved into Bugatti’s rich history to capture the aura of the Type 55 Super Sport. The goal was to infuse its distinctive elements into the design of a contemporary Chiron Super Sport, offering a timeless modern interpretation of Jean Bugatti’s masterpiece.

The Sur Mesure team meticulously focused on the famous duotone paint scheme introduced by Jean Bugatti with the Type 55. The black and yellow combination, so favored by Ettore Bugatti, not only portrays dynamism but also visually breaks up the expansive surfaces of the Chiron Super Sport. The dominant focal point is a black centerline reminiscent of the Type 55, further embellished by a sleek yellow line flowing from the rear side of the car to the fenders. The grille design, featuring a black line around the central air intake, completes the homage to the historic model.

The design process was a delicate balance between coloring specific areas and maintaining cohesion with the overall design. Throughout the creative development, Bugatti worked intensively to modernize elements of the Type 55, producing a car that is unmistakably of this century while respecting Jean Bugatti’s early pioneering work.

Jean Bugatti’s meticulous attention to detail extended beyond the exterior, influencing the interior aesthetic as well. The Chiron Super Sport ‘55 1 of 1’ features sleek black leather that accentuates the exterior aesthetic, with unique accents such as embroidered headrests displaying a unique ‘55 1 of 1’ inscription. The fading ‘55’ motif, skillfully hand-stitched into the door panels in vibrant yellow, continues the homage to the Type 55 Super Sport.

Further recognizing Jean Bugatti’s visionary contributions, his signature is prominently placed on the door sill and the car’s dedication plate. These interior details not only underscore the aesthetic allure of this Chiron Super Sport but also create a deep connection between the driver and Bugatti’s storied heritage.

Bugatti Sur Mesure Chiron Super Sport ‘55 1 OF 1’

The Chiron Super Sport ‘55 1 of 1’ is a tribute to Jean Bugatti’s enduring legacy, blending elegance and engineering prowess to create a masterpiece that embodies the essence of Bugatti Sur Mesure.


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