Bugatti has sold the last-ever Veyron, bringing to an end a ten-year production run.

The 450th car will be displayed at the Geneva motor show next week before being shipped off to its new owner in the Middle East.

Considered by many to be the pinnacle of automotive engineering, the Veyron shook the world when it was launched in 2005, with its 987bhp engine and record-breaking 252mph top speed.

In total, four distinct models were produced. After the Veyron followed the Grand Sport convertible, which featured a removeable Targa roof. Following Bugatti losing the record for the world’s fastest production car to the American SSC Ultimate Aero, it responded with the 1184bhp Veyron Super Sport, which re-clinched the title with a ballistic top speed of 268mph. A convertible version of that car, named Grand Sport Vitesse, followed in 2012.

It was only in 2014 that the Veyron Super Sport was knocked out of the record books by the Hennessey Venom GT, which accelerated all the way to an astonishing 270mph.

As the Veyron’s power figure rose, so did the asking price. While early buyers could snap one up for just shy of £1million, the average price of a Veyron is now around £1.7million, with customers able to spend thousands on custom detailing and bespoke trim and paint finishes.

The Veyron model range has been punctuated with numerous special editions, with Bugatti aiming to increase the exclusivity of this already rarefied model. Highlights include the porcelain-daubed L’or Blanc and a model specified and detailed by fashion house Hermes.

If you missed your chance to own your own Bugatti Veyron, don’t despair. An all-new successor is due to be launched in 2016, and is expected to boast as much as 1,500bhp.