Veyron lore was established in the young generation of auto enthusiasts because making a 'streetable' 1000hp Supra on stock internals was becoming a thing, a wowzers moment for that age group, then suddenly VW says 'here is a 1000hp with warranty. And it will sail past 250mph.' How isn't that something? If it looked like a 250GTO it would be amazing.
I've long been a pre-VW Bugatti fan and personally, I think the Veyron and Chiron are right in line with Bugatti styling. Would a Chiron win a beauty contest versus a T57G?
I think the T35/51, T55 (the prettiest inhouse styled Bugatti?) and various T57s bought a lot of goodwill, plus numerous coachbuilt (Figoni ) bodies put on Bugatti frames. But generally, Bugatti chassis carrying factory Bugatti bodies often don't look particularly fetching. Black Bess and the Brecia are and the initial T13-23 don't win beauty contests. The T57 Ventoux T30s - unless gorgeously streamlined - are vanilla, as are T38, T40 , T43 (ugly?), T49. styling heading into and out of the war certainly never came close to wall poster status. Seems people just remember a few and assume it was all.
As BRG alludes to, it became fashionable for some VW tuners to ditch the usual Golf for the TT as a means to get a 'baby Bug'. It then became a thing how close to Veyron power could you stretch a VW powertrain.
Edited by Nathan, 19 August 2022 - 14:07.