Photos Of The Magnificent 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe From The Ralph Lauren Collection

Designer Ralph Lauren is the proud owner of one of the world’s most handsome, interesting and fine specimens – the 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe.

This gem is one of the rarest and most expensive cars in the world, designed by Jean Bugatti, son of founder Ettore. This beauty is estimated to be worth around $40 million US, why? Besides the fact it’s a visual work-of-art which has been on display in museums such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, there are only three known examples of the Atlantic world-wide.

Apart from Lauren’s, one Atlantic recently changed hands for $38 million and is now in Mullin Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The third and final was destroyed in a train accident in the 1950s.

Lauren added the Atlantic to his considerable car collection in 1988. His collection boasts 60-odd rare cars ranging from a 1958 Ferrari Testarossa to a 1929 Bentley Blower – all housed in a disguised office park-like building in Bedford Hills, New York.

Said to reach speeds of up to 200 km/h the Atlantic has a truly stunning hand-formed aluminium body, low stance and still boasts many of its original features: the original interior upholstery made of goatskin leather, seats stuffed with horsehair and the original EXK6 UK registration.

“I’ve always been inspired by automotive design — the materials, the lines, but also the power and functionality. Cars are like art — moving art — an accomplishment in mechanics and precision.” — Ralph Lauren.

Lauren has so much passion for his Bugatti he took inspiration from it to create his latest watch collection. The Elm burl wood dials, black alligator straps and Amboyna burl wood bezels are reminiscent of the car’s rich interior.

h/t: vintag.es








(Visited 1 times, 2 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below


If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Concepts From Future Past: Porsche Tapiro
R-100 Airship: Inside a British “Flying Hotel”, 1929-1930
Mine Kafon Project by Massoud Hassani
"The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen": Superb-Looking Captain Nemo’s Nautilus Car Is For Sale
Photographer Joshua Lott Documented Abandoned And Wrecked Cars, A Common Element In A Series Of Cityscapes In Detroit
Divorced Dad Who Gave Up On Real Women Now Lives With 12 Life-Size Dolls… And His Daughter Helps With Their Make-Up And Clothes
Crazy Japanese Vending Machines
Futuristic and Retro, Hyundai Transforms First-Generation 1975 Pony with Electric Powertrain
The Personalized Datsun: 1976 280-Z Brochure
The Biggest Structure Made of MERKUR
Computer Love: The Ultimate Guide To Computing
Louie Mattar’s Cadillac, the Car That Has Everything, 1952
This Solar-Powered Ecocapsule Lets You Live Off-The-Grid Anywhere In The World
This New Electric Bike Was Designed With A Portable Battery
Tokyo Game Show 2011
"Me & My TRS-80": Kids And Their Computers In The 1980s
Urban Explorer Makes Fantastic Photos of The Abandoned Radio Station to Seek For Traces of Extra-Terrestrial Civilizations
International Tokyo Toy Show 2012
This Mind-Blowing Audi Truck Could Be The Future Of Big Rigs
'One by One'. Craft meets Mass Production.
Stunning Photos From The Seventies London Motor Shows
Closer Than We Think: 40 Visions Of The Future World According To Arthur Radebaugh
Engineer Grandfather Turns His Backyard Into An Amusement Park For His Grandkids
College Seniors Invent AI Helmet To Help The Visually Impaired See
Picasso's Guernica Gets Robot Inspection Before Historic Renovation
VELA: Innovative Cycle Trainer
3D-Printed Paintings Let The Blind “See” Famous Art For The First Time
(NO)WHERE (NOW)HERE - Interactive Dresses by Ying Gao
Skeleton Key
The Industrial Cutaways Of Frank Soltesz: Amazing Cross Sections Of Modern Life From The Mid-20th Century