Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was an Italian-born French vehicle manufacturer who specialized in high-performance cars. He established his company in 1909 in the city of Molsheim, Alsace, which at the time was located in Germany. Bugatti automobiles were famous for both the aesthetic elegance of their designs and their numerous triumphs in competition. The death of Ettore Bugatti in 1947 was the last straw that broke the camel’s back for the brand, and the passing of Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean Bugatti in 1939 insured that there was no one to take over as head of the plant. There were no more than roughly 8000 automobiles produced in all. The firm had severe financial difficulties and produced its very last model in the 1950s before being acquired by a corporation better known for its work in the aircraft parts industry in the 1960s. In the 1990s, an Italian businessman gave it a new lease of life as a manufacturer of premium sports vehicles for a limited manufacturing run. Volkswagen, a car manufacturing business based in Germany, is the current owner of the name.