’36 Bugatti Most Expensive Used Car
November 15, 2011 by staff
’36 Bugatti Most Expensive Used Car, A 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, the rarest of the rare, may have set a sales record at auction. The auction house, Gooding & Company, won’t disclose the sale price even as it touts that that the car went for a sales record. It calls the Bugatti the “world’s most valuable car.” Autoblog puts the sales price at “between $30-40 million, easily eclipsing the $12.2 million paid for a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa this time last year.”
The buyer, Gooding says, is “a devoted connoisseur who will become the guardian of this treasured piece of automotive history.” Or, as Drive On sees it, someone with way too much money on their hands.
“I am extremely pleased to have found the new buyer for the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, one of the world’s most significant and valuable automobiles that has been in a private collection and rarely seen during the past four decades,” says David Gooding, president of Gooding & Company.
Gooding says the Atlantic was an automobile derived from Bugatti’s prototype Aerolithe Electron Coupé that caused a sensation when it was unveiled at the 1935 Paris Auto Salon. Bugatti later built just three Atlantics, each one different from the next, but this 1936 car (chassis #57374) is the first in the series and its historical significance, originality and restoration has been revered by enthusiasts throughout the world.
Formerly the coveted pillar of the world-renowned Williamson Bugatti Collection, the Atlantic was the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance best in Show car.
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