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1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Metallic Blue in 1:8 scale


This is the  1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Metallic Blue in 1:8 scale by Amalgam.

The Bugatti 57SC Atlantic (1938) "The Lord Rothschild" is a legendary automobile that stands out in the automotive industry due to its exceptional beauty, craftsmanship, and historical significance. This extraordinary car, one of the most coveted and rarest vintage vehicles, carries a unique and prestigious legacy. What sets it apart is not only its striking appearance but also its unparalleled engineering and design. The 57SC Atlantic is characterized by its aerodynamic shape, featuring a hand-formed aluminum body and distinct riveted seams. Its distinct black exterior, combined with exquisite details and luxurious appointments, exudes elegance and opulence. With only four examples ever produced, the 57SC Atlantic is a symbol of exclusivity and prestige. Its powerful engine and advanced engineering of the time ensured outstanding performance and remarkable speed. "The Lord Rothschild" version, owned by the renowned collector, further enhances its historical significance and adds to its allure. The Bugatti 57SC Atlantic "The Lord Rothschild" remains an iconic masterpiece, representing the pinnacle of automotive artistry and setting an unmatched standard of excellence in the industry.

This perfect 1:8 scale recreation of the Bugatti 57SC Atlantic is modelled on chassis 57374 as it was originally delivered to Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild, in 1936. Painted a gray-metallic blue, No. 57374 was built without the "C" specification and it is believed that it had been equipped with various components from the Aérolithe prototype before the car was brought back to Molsheim in order to have the "C" specification fitted, Lord Rothschild’s request. He would continue to use the car until 1941 when he abandoned it in the middle of a field after a malfunctioning supercharger caused the engine to explode. A mechanic bought 57374 and repaired it, before selling it to a wealthy doctor in 1945. This doctor brought the 57SC to the US and sold it to Bugatti enthusiast Mike Oliver, who amongst other changes to adapt the Atlantic to US regulations, painted it a dark red. The car returned to Molshiem in 1953 to have the supercharger refitted. The car changed hands in 1971 for a total of $59k to collector Peter Williamson, who actively used the car for the next 32 years. He returned it to its original state and exhibited at the 2003 edition of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it won the "Best of Show" award. No. 57374 remained in the Williamson family's possession until 2010 when it was sold for no less than $30 million to collector Peter Mullin who now exhibits it in his French car masterpiece collection at the Mullin Automotive Museum located in Oxnard, CA.