A rare and beautiful 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Coupé Atlantic won the third annual edition of The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award, which brought together the world’s finest classic cars—the best of show winners from the top international competitions—to compete for the title of the most exceptional motor car in the world.
During the awards ceremony at The Peninsula Paris hotel, the Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited and co-founder of the award said, “My hope is that we not only thrill long-term car enthusiasts, but that this award will also ignite a new-found passion for those just discovering the world of motoring.” Powered by a supercharged engine and considered by many to be the first supercar
ever made, the winning Bugatti is one of four Type 57 Atlantic models ever produced, with only three in the world remaining. The vehicle was designed at the height of the art deco movement by Jean Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti’s son. Jean based the car on hisother design, the 1935 Aérolithe concept car, which was famously riveted externally, for fear of the magnesium-alloy body parts catching fire. Jean kept this signature riveted seam on the all-aluminium body of the Atlantic. This model, chassis
number 57374, was the first Type 57 Atlantic produced and is the only surviving“Aéro Coupé,” a designation given to the first two cars that were mechanically very similar to the Aérolithe. The car was delivered new in 1936 to Britain’s Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, third Baron Rothschild, and has since passed through few owners in its 82-year history.