Jean Bugatti, the eldest son of Bugatti founder Ettore was born 110 years ago in Cologne; the same year the company was founded.

At the time, Jean’s father, Ettore, worked as head of the production department of Gasmotoren-Fabrik Deutz AG. He then opened his own firm in a disused dye works, before officially signing the tenancy agreement for his factory on 1st of January 1910.

Jean, best known for designing many of the company’s most renowned models, complemented his father’s engineering skill and made Bugatti one of the greatest names in automobile manufacturing. The revolutionary and legendary Type 57 SC Atlantic was Jean most iconic creation.

Type 57 SC Atlantic
The revolutionary and legendary Type 57 SC Atlantic was Jean Bugatti’s most iconic creation

On August 11 1939, at the age of only 30, Jean was tragically killed whilst driving on one of his usual test drive routes, not far from the factory near the village of Duppigheim. A cyclist got through a hole in a tree fence and surprisingly crossed the road causing Jean to avoid hitting the cyclist and losing control over his vehicle.