The Bugatti 100p was a remarkable aeroplane and a truly innovative design.
Designed from the outset to be fast, it would have most likely been the fastest thing in the skies with a projected top speed of almost 500MPH.
The most extraordinary airplane of its time…that never flew.
By the mid-1930s Ettore Bugatti was a well-known and highly-regarded European entrepreneur and industrialist. Born in Italy but living in France, he was also one of the first global celebrities. Known primarily for the fast and elegant automobiles that won at Monaco and Le Mans, Bugatti’s interests also extended to rail, shipping, and aviation.
Few know that Bugatti built the most extraordinary airplane of its time. The Bugatti 100P exhibited cutting-edge aerodynamics combined with innovative, performance-enhancing features for which Bugatti won five patents.
It is perhaps the most historically-significant airplane that never flew.