The design-led car manufacturer Italian-born Ettore Bugatti hailed from a family of artists and his work bore testament to his instinct for good design. 'Automobiles E. Bugatti' set up shop in 1909 in Alsace and became known for being great racing cars. However it was a family business and with the death of Bugatti's son in 1939 and his own death in 1947, the brand was stranded with no successor and just 8,000 cars to its name. The company also struggled financially and became a business simply for airplane parts in the 1960s. Today, the make is owned by the Volkswagen Group and it has been given a new lease of life with the limited production of a range of exclusive sports cars shown at luxury events such as the Dubai international Motor show with Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport attracting attention.