It is considered to be one of the wonders of the automotive world, and rarely will you see a Bugatti 57SC Atlantic change ownership. As far as the records show, there are only two or three of these rare breeds around today out of the only 4 that was ever made.
Last week, a 1935 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic made a record as the most expensive car that went to another owner. The auction for this classic brokered by Gooding and Company resulted into a sale amounting to around $30 to $40 million.
The old car was the property of the New Hampshire doctor Peter D. Williamson. Another similar car belongs to the collection of fashion icon Ralph Lauren.
The Bugatti eclipsed the record set by a 1957 250 Testa Rossa from Ferrari that went through an auction last year for approximately $12.2 million.
Aside from the rarity of the Atlantic, the car is considered to be very special because of the technology it employed that was way ahead of its time. Jean Bugatti, son of the marques’ founder, designed the low slung car body and made it out of aluminum.
The original owner of the car, Dr. Williamson had a good collection of Bugattis during his time.
According to car experts, the Bugatti 57SC Atlantic embodied the future during its time. It was a symbol of the ideal ride for every car enthusiast. It was well crafted, performs well, and very rare.
The car was acquired by the Mullin Automotive Museum located in Oxnard, California.