Bugatti exhibition

Written by BrusselsLife Team - 17 Nov 2009, 00:00 (Updated: 13 Dec 2012, 07:59)
Bugatti exhibition
From December 18th, 2009 to January 17th, 2010, Autoworld will be celebrating the very essence of the make: sport, design and elegance

From the Type 13 through King Léopold III's own Bugatti to the present-day Veyron Grand Sport (unveiled for the 1st time here in Belgium), you will also see one of the six Royales (also making its first appearance in our country) and the prototype forerunners of the Veyron. Enthusiasts and fine car-lovers alike will feast their eyes in this exhibition that explores the world of one of the truly classic makes of car. The vehicles will be displayed so as to contrast the two strands of a DNA (sport and elegance) that often combine to produce universally-admired models.Most of the cars in the exhibition come from Belgian and foreign private collections and will not be seen together anywhere else. Several are on loan from the Mulhouse Cité de l'Automobile's unique collection, others from Bugatti SAS.

100 years of passion

On December 15, 1909, Ettore Bugatti settles in Molsheim, in Alsace, to 20 km of Strasbourg in an unused dyeing. He has just ceased his collaboration with Deutz and decides to create his own brand. On January 1910 the manufacture of Type 13 begins. It carries already Bugatti mark symbolized by its horseshoe radiators. It is the beginning of an extraordinary adventure which always continues... 100 years later with Veyron. At the time when the principal demonstrations around the centenary organized in France and abroad finish, the Museum of the Autoworld Car in Brussels chose the time birthday to present in only one and single place, more than 35 exceptional cars, even mythical, which took part in the Bugatti legend.


The Car Museum "Autoworld" is installed in the southern Hall of the Cinquantenaire in Brussels. A prestigious building, built in 1880 to celebrate the fiftieth birthday of the creation of the Kingdom of Belgium. From 1902 to 1936, it is in this place that the first motor-shows in Belgium were organized. The few 250 cars exposed in Autoworld come mainly from the collection of Ghislain Mahy (who counted some more than 900). They recall the most outstanding stages of the automobile history in an aired scenography, which makes it possible for the public to approach the exposed vehicles. But especially, Autoworld is a single place in the world where one can admire so much models of the prestigious Belgian production, which counted more than 200 marks among which Minerva, FN, Excelsior, Fondu, Vivinius and Imperia. In support with this collection, permanent exposures recall the history of the motor-shows in Belgium, that of the automobile design and, soon, the history of the automobile sport... On the circumference of the museum, interactive modules explore the current trades of the car on the topic "a Future which rolls".

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