If you’re interested in seeing the most expensive car in the world, now’s the time to plan a trip to Southern California. The Mullin Automotive Museum, specializing in Art Deco-era vehicles will open its doors to the public, displaying a 1936 Bugatti Type SC57 Atlantic.
At the 1935 Paris Motor Show, Bugatti debuted its Aerolithe Electron Coupe concept. Following a positive response, Jean Bugatti moved forward in producing the Atlantic coupe, though only three were ever crafted. The Atlantic on display at the Mullin Automotive Museum is the first in the series, and is believed to be the most authentic of the three. Parts from the Aerolithe concept are believed to be installed on the car.
In 1971, when the car was sold to its third owner, Dr. Peter Williamson, it fetched a then-world-record price of $59,000. Now held by its fourth owner, the Atlantic was sold earlier this year for a record-high price, estimated at $30 to $40 million. Having won Best of Show at the 2003 Concours d’Elegance, the desirable Atlantic holds many accomplishments and accolades.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to display the Bugatti Atlantic at our Art Deco museum,” said Peter Mullin, founder of the Mullin Automotive Museum. “The Art Deco Movement was driven by people who were fascinated by invention and innovation – by the exotic nature of new technology and materials, by art and design, by speed and by the machine – no automobile captures this spirit more than the Bugatti Atlantic. In the historic pantheon of automobiles the Atlantic is without peer.”
Owned by Mullin, the museum features several art cars from the 1920s and 1930, specializing in French makes. The Atlantic’s public appearance begins August 10, and runs for just a short time. With a museum ticket running just $10, we recommend checking it out if you’re near Oxnard, Calif.
Source: Mullin Automotive Museum, Photos by David Newhardt Photography