One of only 17 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante ever built, is up for auction by Gooding & Company. For a rare coupe with chassis number 57502 in excellent condition, the auctioneers expect to gain 7 million pounds, or more than $ 9 million. This corresponds to the cost of three new Bugatti Chiron vehicles.
This coupe was released in 1937 - a year after the premiere of the Type 57S model. One of the main differences between the Atalante version is the special body designed and manufactured by Jean Bugatti himself.
- The car was built by order of a certain Earl Howe, a well-known race car driver and president of the British Bugatti Owners Club. The owner actively used the car to participate in races, and after a while he parted with it, and the rarity went to travel to the garages of English collectors.
- One of the subsequent owners, John Tingey, at the end of the 40s of the last century supplied the standard engine - a 3.2-liter inline-eight - with a Marshall K200 supercharger. Now the motor develops, according to some estimates, 220-230 hp. Transmission - four-speed "mechanics".
On the website of the sellers it is reported that the current owner of the rarity acquired it in an "abandoned" state. The details of the story were not disclosed, but back in 2009, the UK Telegraph reported the discovery of a Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, which stood motionless in a barn for almost half a century. The same chassis number and the name of the first owner, Earl Howe, were indicated, and the incident itself was called the "find of the decade."
- According to the then report, in 1955, the coupe was bought by collector Harold Carr, who used the car for its intended purpose for several years, and then sent it to the parking lot in the barn, where it stood until Carr's death in 2007. The owner's heirs sold the Bugatti at a Bonhams auction two years later, almost as they found it, for $ 4.4 million.
- The name of the buyer was not disclosed, but now the Gooding auction assures that over the years since the buyback, the Bugatti Type 57S Atalante has undergone a delicate and meticulous restoration procedure.