The Bugatti  57SC Atlantic - 1935

Code-named the "Elektron Coupé" or "Coupé Special" at launch, this Bugatti prototype had a very short existence. It was finished in July, 1935 and only four months later it made its first public appearance at the 1935 Paris Motor Show. The car was a faithful recreation of Jean Bugatti's stunning "SuperProfile coupé" design, but due to its seemingly bizarre shape, the vehicle has brought attention to a very limited audience, thus there were only four Atlantics built the years after. A few people, however, drove the vehicle and were surprised by its performance and looks, so they called it "La Aérolithe" after the phrase "Rapide comme une aérolithe" ("Fast as a meteorite"), a name that was later adopted by Bugatti. Just 43 "Surbaissé" cars[5] and only two supercharged Type 57SC's were originally manufactured. But most 57S owners wanted the additional power afforded by the blower. Therefore, most of the original Type 57S cars returned to Molsheim for the installation of a supercharger, pushing output from 175 hp (130 kW) to 200 hp (150 kW) and 190 km/h (120 mph). In 2013 Ralph Lauren's version, valued at $40 million, was unveiled. Image size: 260 x 360 mm

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Marie josé LAURIER 21 days ago

TOUTE LA BEAUTE ET LE CHIC DU TEMPS PASSE ..MAIS QU'ON PEUT ENCORE ADMIRE GRACE A VOS AQUARELLES .. WELL DONE IVO !!

Artist Reply: Merci Marie José

James Mann 21 days ago

Ettore Bugatti was just one heck of an amazing mechanical engineering artist. I may be prejudiced... I consider this to be his masterpiece of rolling sculpture. One of the best ever. Thanks. Jim

Artist Reply: Complete agreement Jim, sorry that so few have been built. Although I once heard that you couldn't take a ride with a Bugatti without getting your hands dirty (???)

Sharon De Vore 22 days ago

ALWAYS SUPERBLY DONE, IVO.

Artist Reply: Many thanks Sharon

Jill Smith 22 days ago

Great artwork Ivo!

Artist Reply: Thanks Jill

Mark Peterson 23 days ago

Nice work Ivo ~

Artist Reply: Thanks Mark