Sam Philip22 June 2009

First-ever Veyron on sale

Veyron number 001 turns up on LA forecourt, but it's not going cheap...

The first production Bugatti Veyron ever built - number 001 of 300 - is up for sale. With a mere 400 miles on the clock, in mint condition.

There are just a couple of tiny problems. One, it's on sale in Beverly Hills - on the forecourt of luxury car dealer O'Gara Coach, to be precise - which is quite a long way away from the Top Gear office. This makes the possibility of a cheeky test drive somewhat remote.

Two, the price. $2.4 million. Or £1.46 million, if you prefer. Which is quite a lot more than the Veyron's supposed £925,000 list price.

Still, you do get a 8.0-litre W16 engine putting out very nearly 1,000bhp, and a car that'll hit 62mph in 2.5 seconds. And the happy glow of knowing that you're number one, baby. Number zero-zero-one. And a nice red-on-black paint scheme, though if we're being fussy we'd still prefer it in white-on-black.

If you could resist driving it, we'd imagine the 001 Veyron would earn you a tidy mint at auction in a few years' time. But would you be able to resist? 

Now watch James's brilliant Veyron V-Max clip:

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