A priceless Bugatti owned by a museum in California has scooped top honours at a concours in France.
The Mullin Automotive Museum’s 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic was awarded The Peninsula Classics 'Best Of The Best' at the event in Paris, following on from the car's 'Best of Show Concours d'Etat' title at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance. The win was the Mullin museum's second in the three years the honour has been given, after previously taking the gong with its 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS
The Atlantic took the award after being judged by a panel of 24 experts, including Henry Ford III and The Duke of Richmond.
'The Atlantic represents the pinnacle of everything I adore about the French automotive styling and widely described as the Mona Lisa of the automobile collector world,' said Peter Mullin, founder and CEO of the Mullin Automotive Museum. 'From its signature curves to its aviation-inspired rivets to the Jean Bugatti designed sleek all-aluminium body, the car is truly a remarkable piece of art. I’m very honoured to have shared it with the world amongst other worthy ‘Best of the Best’ contenders.'
Mullin's Atlantic is one of just three produced, and is the only surviving 'Aéro Coupé' example of the car. It was first delivered new in 1936 to Brit Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, third Baron Rothschild. In it's 80-year existence, only a handful of people have taken ownership of the car often dubbed the 'Mona Lisa' of the car world.
Since coming under the Mullin Museum's wing, the Atlantic has been seen at a number of public events all over the world, including at the Petersen Automotive Museum – also in California – as part of the recently-closed 'The Art of Bugatti' exhibit.