Jean Bugatti was more than just a man with a brand name – he was a young industrialist, heir to a luxury empire, a skilled racing driver, an elegant artist, and one of the foremost dandies of his day.

Son of the famed marque’s founder Ettore Bugatti, it was Jean (below) who made improvements to famed models like the Type 57, now the world’s most expensive car.

Jean Bugatti designed the Type 43, the world’s first 100 mph production car

Another of his triumphs was the Type 43 roadster, pictured above, the world’s first 100 mph production car.

Want to read more? Check out a cool book called Behind the Wheel by Robert Puyal, recently published by Flammarion, which features Jean and other stylish automotive aficionados over the years.

Call it “speed reading”….