- One of 150 built worldwide, the Pearl White Bugatti is powered by 1,000 horses and is capable of zero to 60 in 2.4 seconds
- An extremely rare chance to own a piece of automotive and championship boxing history
A 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, formerly owned by Floyd Mayweather, Jr., is on auction from January 21, 2017 at the Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Annual Scottsdale Auction in Arizona.
The pearl-white super car has been a part of the undefeated and currently retired boxing great’s vast automobile collection—an assemblage that reportedly has included over 100 vehicles from one supplier alone.
“The Bugatti Veyron is one of the most impressive supercars ever built,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Those who own these rare cars are among the who’s who of the world. This particular Grand Sport version was originally owned by Floyd Mayweather, whose impressive professional boxing career and lavish lifestyle may be as remarkable as the car. The winning bidder on this rare supercar will have the bragging rights not only to a rare exotic, but to its celebrity provenance.”
Named after Pierre Veyron, a bygone Bugatti engineer and part of the driving duo that took first at the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans, the supercar pays him high praise as one of the fastest production machines ever made. The Grand Sport, fit with a targa-style roof, opens up on the open road with a 1,000 hp, 8-liter W16 quad-turbocharged engine (with 922 ft lbs of torque) mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The power-train enables the convertible to cruise from zero to 60 mph in a sizzling 2.4 seconds and reach a top speed of about 254 mph (229 mph with the top down)—close competition to its sibling, the Bugatti Chiron, which can bolt to a blistering 261 mph. Keeping the Veyron’s velocity in check are carbon-fiber-reinforced, silicon carbide disc brakes that can bring it to a stop from a speed of 62 mph in 103 feet.
In 2010, the manufacturer made it possible for new owners to tailor the paint and interior trim to personal taste, an offer the premier pugilist took advantage of as evidenced by the exterior’s pearly presentation. The inside is dressed in red leather upholstery and carbon-fiber detailing.
Out of the 405 total Veyron’s built, only 150 were of the Grand Sport version. And as a near-new example, the one on offer has only 1,668 miles on the odometer. With a serious seven-figure price tag when originally purchased, Mayweather’s ride should roll out of Scottsdale for more than before due to its prize-fighter provenance—a fact that will call for prospective buyers to take the gloves off when bidding begins.