The Italian maverick Ettore Bugatti started producing cars bearing his own name in Germany in 1909,. After World War1 Molsheim became part of France. in the Treaty of Versailles. His first successful car was the Type 13, with his first 8 cylinder 2 litre coming post war. This was the basis of so much of the later models including the incredible T35 and all its variants which include the T51. The little 4 cylinder Type 40 and its 8 cylinder version the T44 were the backbone of the company income, but so much was being designed and made, and everything made in house with foundry , machine shops, even with Bugattis own designed tooling and mostly American machines. The 1930's saw the advent of the T57 but really everything turned when his son Jean was killed testing a car on the road in 1939, coupled with major ongoing union problems at the factory. Ettore died in 1947 after a long battle with the French Government to regain his factory, but the writing was on the wall. His son Roland had not been the natural successor that Jean would have been, so Roland would rely on others at the factory for decision making. Colombo designed the advanced 251 and 252 but eventually the company was taken over by Hispano-Suiza who the factory was doing contract work for, at a loss as it turned out. . . In the 1990's the name was revived by by Romano Artioli and the EB110 saw light of day in 1991. The Bugatti marque is now owned by Volkswagen Group.