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Ralph Lauren has 1 of 3 remaining Bugatti 57SC Atlantics worth $40 million, the car should be in a vault

Fashion mogul Ralph Lauren owns one of the rarest and most expensive cars in the world. It’s a 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, one of only four ever made. It’s a miracle the animal has survived all these years, considering the tragic fate of its siblings. One of them went missing and another was hit by a train.

The Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic is widely described as the Mona Lisa of the car collector world. Bugatti only rolled four such iconic cars off the production line between 1936 and 1938. The luxury car manufacturer followed them all closely over the years and provided spare parts and information when needed. Only three are known to have survived, with one of them having a third-degree encounter with what could have been the end.

Chassis #57374, known as the Rotschild Car, was the first of its kind to roll off the production line in Moselheim, France in 1934, and is the only surviving Aero Coupé, a designation given to the first two cars and currently preserved at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California. The model was previously owned by Dartmouth neurologist Peter Williamson, owner of the largest collection of Bugattis in the world.

Chassis number 57453 was the personal car of Jean Bugatti, which suddenly disappeared from the radar around 1938 and was never found again. Jean, the son of the company’s founder, Ettore, was actually the one who designed the model.

Chassis number 57473 was the most controversial of them all. The family who bought it in 1936 sold it back to the factory in 1937. The model was lost in a train accident in 1955. Neither of the two occupants survived. The wreck remained at the train station for almost ten years and was then sold to a junkyard.

The Bugatti was rebuilt with spare parts despite everyone thinking that was the end of it. The incident led collectors to joke bitterly that the model must be cursed. Of the four examples made, only three survive, one of which needs to be completely rebuilt.

The Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic by Ralph Lauren

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Meanwhile, chassis $57591 is owned by Ralph Lauren and has been showcased at the world’s biggest automotive events. The 84-year-old has a net worth of $6.9 billion and a car collection to match those numbers. He also owns a 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia Spyder, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a 1929 Bentley Blower and the $70 million Ferrari 250 GTO.

According to experts, each of the surviving Atlantics could be worth more than $100 million. This also applies to Ralph Lauren’s car. The innovative low stance and lush curves have made the Bugatti 57SC Atlantic CoupĂ© the pinnacle of Art Deco automotive design.

The vehicle was purchased in 1937 by British tennis player and car collector Richard B. Pope. It changed hands several times until Ralph Lauren spotted it in the 1980s, bought it for an undisclosed price in 1988 and commissioned a complete restoration. , choosing to keep Pope’s EXK6 license plate.

Ralph Lauren’s Bugatti won the ‘Best in Show’ title at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. It was the last time the fashion mogul was seen in public in his super-exclusive Bugatti. In 1990 it took home the title of “Best in Show” after competing at Pebble Beach.

The model is now painted black and fitted with a black leather interior at the request of Ralph Lauren, but in the late 1930s, when it rolled off the production line, it was Rich Sapphire Blue.

The Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic by Ralph Lauren

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It is known as the Pope Atlantic, a nickname it received during its initial ownership when it belonged to Richard B. Pope, even though it has been owned by Ralph Lauren since the late 1980s.

The designer had it restored with the help of Paul Russell of Essex, Massachusetts. It took him more than 9,600 hours over two years to get it looking the way it does today. The Buggati is currently in the fashion icon’s collection, but given its estimated value and exclusivity, it might as well be locked away in a safe.

Peter Williamson’s Bugatti Atlantic was auctioned in May 2010. The final price was never revealed, but is believed to have been more than $40 million.

Even though it is one of the most expensive cars in the New York-born billionaire’s collection, currently valued at more than $600 million, he once said he had no favorite. “They are like children. They all have different personalities.

The Type 57 Atlantic is powered by a 3.3-liter inline eight-cylinder engine that generates 210 horsepower, which is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox.

A Bugatti Type 57 recently appeared for sale. But the model was not sold the first time it was auctioned because the reserve was not met. Bidding stopped at $176,600.

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