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Robert Ross

1937 Bugatti Type 57SC

In comparison with the Type 41 "Royale," a mere six examples of which were produced, the Bugatti Type 57 was positively prolific. Among the roughly 700 such vehicles that rolled out of the Molsheim factory between 1934 and 1939 were four (only two remain) Type 57 Atlantic and 17 Type 57 Atalante models, which Bugattisti now regard as the pinnacle of the automaker’s achievements. The body of each Atalante bore its own unique style details. The jewellike specimen shown here features oversize headlights and a period-correct two-tone color combination. The original engine, a 210 hp inline-eight with a blower added after delivery, eventually found its way into a more quotidian Bugatti from which it was retrieved prior to the fastidious restoration of this Atalante by Mosier Restoration. The two-year resurrection of serial number 57.523 was so exemplary, in fact, that the car won First in Class and the French Cup at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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