Monday, May 24, 2010

One Pricey Toy

A few years ago I spotted one of these at Pebble's a very cool toy.

It's a rare Bugatti that recently sold for nearly $40,000,000 -- making history as "The World`s Most Expensive Car." This 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic will cross the country from Connecticut to California, where it will star in the new Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard.

With its low stance, 200 bhp engine, lightweight construction, 123 mph top speed and influential teardrop body, many believe this is the ultimate Bugatti and the first supercar ever made.

Ettore's son, Jean Bugatti, who played a large role in the development of the Type 57 series, personally styled the Atlantic. Jean's lines draw an interesting mix of aircraft styling together with the avant-garde tear-drop that is so reminiscent of the thirties. Design highlights include a heavily raked windscreen, riveted fins, and oval doors with kidney-shaped side windows.

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