Friday, 07 May, 2010 Offbeat

1936 Bugatti Acquired for Approximately $40 Million


An unknown buyer recently purchased a 1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic for about $30 - $40 million. It is worth mentioning that the previous owner of the 57SC Atlantic was Dr. Peter D. Williamson.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the design of the vehicle was inspired from the design of another car, called Aerolithe Electron Coupe, which was manufactured for the Paris Auto Salon.

"The car's low-slung, pontoon-fender design was the work of Jean Bugatti, son of founder Ettore Bugatti," said Dan Neil of the WSJ. The vehicle was made using magnesium panels, which were rather difficult to join. Bugatti decided to leave the distinctive design features, despite the fact that its future vehicles were made of aluminum.

Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles said: "In addition to technical sophistication, it was most avant-garde and futuristic car built up to that time."

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