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Country of origin:France
Produced from:1936 - 1938
Numbers built:4
Designed by:Jean Bugatti
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 18, 2013
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Chassis: 57374
This is the first of the four Atlantic Coupes built by Bugatti. Originally fitted with a naturally aspirated engine, it was delivered new to one of Bugatti's finest clients, Victor, Lord Rothschild in London. In 1939 it was upgraded by the factory to Type 57 SC specification by adding a supercharger to the straight eight engine. Lord Rothschild sold the car in 1941 and it changed hands several times before it ended up in American hands in 1945.

In 1971 chassis 57374 was offered at a Sotheby's auction in Los Angeles. It was acquired by noted Bugatti collector and President of the American Bugatti Club Dr Peter Williamson for a record amount of $59,000. He cherished the prized possession but also drove it on the road for many years before he had it completely restored to its original condition between 2001 and 2003. Upon completion, he entered the Atlantic Coupe in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it was awarded 'Best of Show' just over a decade after a sister car won the same prestigious award.

Dr Williamson owned the car and continued to drive it enthusiastically until his untimely death in 2008. His widow Susan entrusted the sale of all the fabulous Bugattis in the collection to David Gooding. All were auctioned off, mostly for charity, with the exception of the Atlantic Coupe. Gooding brokered a private deal in April 2010, which saw the car pass into new ownership for an undisclosed amount between $30 - $40 million. This makes chassis 57374 the most expensive car ever sold. The best news is that the new owner has agreed to make the car available to the recently opened Mullin Automotive Museum and the Atlantic is on display for all to see.


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