Today in History: Rembrandt Bugatti Commits Suicide
The Bugatti brothers were born in Milan, Italy; Ettore in 1881 and Rembrandt in 1884, which came from a creative family that included artists and architects.
Ettore founded the Bugatti car company in present-day Molsheim, France; which the business became known for its stylish, high-performance automobiles.
During the 1920s and 1930s, Bugatti made a name for itself in the racing world, taking first place at the inaugural French Grand Prix at Monaco in 1926 and going on to win a number of later Grand Prix races.
In the 1990s, Volkswagen purchased the Bugatti name and incorporated Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., basing the new company once again in Molsheim.
In 2004, the company began production of the Bugatti Veyron, a super sports car that carried a price tag of over $1 million and was capable of reaching speeds of around 250 miles per hour, making it one of the world’s fastest production cars.