Abandoned 1990s Bugatti Factory

The Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy could easily be considered the heart of high-end automobile production. The city of Modena, for example, is thriving with headquarters to sports car giants like Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani and De Tomaso. But if you visit the neighboring town of Campogalliano you can witness another side to the fight for success in the form of an abandoned factory where luxury cars were once manufactured.

It was 1992 when Italian entrepreneur (and owner of automobile makers Bugatti and Lotus) filed for bankruptcy. Six long years went by before German Volkswagen Group resurrected the iconic French/Italian brand, moving production and assembly to France.

Between 1992 and 1995 the factory let out its last breath as it produced the EB110. Around 80 vehicles were made, each going for a salty retail price of $349,000, but that couldn’t keep the factory from closing its doors for good. If you manage to make your way inside you can stand on the factory floors where, rather ironically, luxury met bankruptcy.

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