1938 bugatti atlantic




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  • There are only two Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantics in the world. while the example belonging to Ralph Lauren's collection just won the Concorso You see, the Atlantic is not just a car, but a monument to pre-war Europe.

    One of the most bizarre, elusive and expensive of cars is the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. As the first car to bear fins, the silver Electron Aerolithe Prototype debuted as a possible sport model of the Type 57 series at the Paris Motor Show. The Type 57SC chassis was the.

    Perhaps the most beautiful and exotic (and certainly the most expensive) automobile in history is the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. With graceful styling, a powerful.

    1938 bugatti atlantic

    1938 bugatti atlantic

    The Atalante was named after peaks in the Alps and is one of the most exclusive bodystyles ever produced by Bugatti. The engineering on these Atlantics was similar to the other Type 57s which formed a basis for Bugatti competition and grand touring. One Atalante, chassis number , a 3-seater vehicle version with aluminium bodywork made by Vanvooren of the iconic Bugatti Type 57S model, resides in the Museu do Caramulo in Caramulo , Portugal. In its ownership following the Pebble Beach Concours, it has been selectively shown at only a handful of further events, resulting in Best of Show honors at the Saratoga Invitational in and, in its present care, at the Lake Mirror Classic in

    1938 bugatti atlantic

    1938 bugatti atlantic

    1938 bugatti atlantic

    1938 bugatti atlantic

    1938 bugatti atlantic

    Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic History, Pictures, Value, Auction Sales, Research and News

    With its low stance, powerful engine, lightweight construction, mph kph top speed and influential teardrop body, many believe this is the ultimate Bugatti and the first supercar ever made.

    Design highlights include a heavily raked windscreen, riveted fins and kidney-shaped doors with matching side windows. Momentum behind the style was structured by a design concept of incorporating Electron, an alloy of magnesium and aluminum from IG Farben of Germany, in the design.

    1938 bugatti atlantic

    Though it is strong, and up to one third the weight of aluminum, it is also highly flammable thus welding was not possible. This meant that each panel had to be riveted into place which posed a particular problem for traditional design. As the first car to bear fins, the silver Electron Aerolithe Prototype debuted as a possible sport model of the Type 57 series at the Paris Motor Show. As much of a sensation as the car must have been, it only drew three orders. By the time production commenced in , standard aluminum was chosen over the flammable electron and the specially lowered Type 57S chassis, with its smaller, V-shaped radiator was used.

    The engineering on these Atlantics was similar to the other Type 57s which formed a basis for Bugatti competition and grand touring. Chassis arrangements included Rudge Witworth wire wheels, complex De Rams shocks absorbers, fifteen inch drum brakes and a strong, uncluttered chassis. The Type 57SC chassis was the combination of the supercharged 57C engine with the low and short 57S chassis used for racing. The 75 year history of each Bugatti Atlantic is entertaining conjecture for any Bugatti enthusiast.

    1938 bugatti atlantic

    The first prototype is gone and only two of three aluminum bodied production versions remain largely original. Chassis , the Rothschild Car — Here is the first production Atlantic which is identified by its low set headlights that only slightly protrude. It was built in and possibly with parts and panels from original Aerolithe prototype. The first owner of , Lord Philippe de Rothschild of London, ordered the car in light blue with dark blue interior.

    A subsequent owner sent the car back to Bugatti in to receive a supercharger and make the car a true 57SC. After the war, Bob Oliver of Los Angeles owned and modified it in drastic ways. Bob resized the rear windows and painted the car several different colors including red. He debuted it at the Pebble Beach Concours were it won best in show. Chassis , The Holzschuch car — Easily the most controversial Atlantic, this car stayed in France and was sold the Holzschuch family who promptly sold it back to the factory in In , the factory again had the car and additional louvers were included as well as an extension to the rear fenders.

    The car suffered a horrible train collision in which killed both passengers. The twisted chassis was then held at the Gien train station for nearly ten years then sold to a junk yard.

    1938 bugatti atlantic

    Chassis , The Pope Car — The last Atlantic is the most published of the three and can probably claim to be the most original. It is instantly recognizable from its external headlights which many people feel make it the most desirable of the three. Ralph Lauren has owned this car since and it was restored by Paul Russel. With a strong inclination towards important and authentic cars, Ralph includes as a highlight in his collection which has Type 57SC Gangloff Cabriolet Pope of London in Dark Sapphire Blue.

    It was supercharged in , before being sold to notable author Barry Price in the sixties. He commissioned Paul Russel to comprehensively restore using as many original parts as possible. During the lengthy two-year procedure, Paul and his team discovered details such as original tan goatskin upholstery and seats filled with horsehair bags wrapped in muslin. The Bugatti Type 57S. Bugatti, Les 57 Sport , A self diagnosed car nut who loves all things sports cars, motor racing and speed related.

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