Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti was born in Milan. At the age of 18 he built his first motorised vehicle there using two De Dion engines. Until 1904, Ettore Bugatti developed new models at De Dietrich and entered several motor races. In 1907, he signed a contract with the Deutz gas engine factory in Cologne and began building his own, extremely lightweight race car at home in his cellar. In 1909, in Molsheim, Alsace, he founded his own car factory, Automobiles Ettore Bugatti. Bugatti began production of the Type 13. When the First World War broke out, Ettore Bugatti moved with his family firstly to Milan and then to Paris. After the end of the war, Bugatti began producing lightweight sports cars again and achieving racing success - for instance, a win in Le Mans in 1920 and a fourfold victory in Brescia in 1921. In 1925, by Ettore's count there were 412 wins in just nine months for race cars produced by Bugatti. In the early 1930s, Ettore Bugatti also began producing Autorail trains with Royale engines alongside the production of cars. In 1934, production began on the Type 57, based on a design by Ettore Bugatti's oldest son Jean. It was Bugatti's last production car. Two years later, Ettore Bugatti handed over management of the car factory to his son. www.bugatti.com


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