The third Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award has been won by the Mullin Automotive Museum’s 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic.
A total of eight concours winners from the greatest events around the world have been judged during the third annual Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award, with the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic taking the top prize.
Co-owned by the Mullin Automotive Museum, and Rob and Melani Walton, the Atlantic was named Best of Show Concours d’Etat, during the 2017 Chantilly Arts & Elegance.
‘The Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is the crown jewel of the automotive circuit,’ said Bugatti Head of Tradition Julius Kruta. ‘This car was Jean Bugatti’s masterpiece with its beautiful and breathtaking lines, plus its unmatched performance for the time. Today, it remains the ultimate expression of the Bugatti legacy: unparalleled power and beautiful design.’
The Bugatti had tough competition of course. Other cars up for the award included:
• 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider – Amelia Island Concours de Sport-winning
• 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Cabriolet by Vignale – Cavallino Classic Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup
• 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Roadster – Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
• 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Prototipo – Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
• 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet – Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance
• 1964 ATS 2500 GTS Coupé by Allemano – The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
• 1933/35 Lancia Astura Aerodinamica Coupé – Concours of Elegance UK
‘The Atlantic represents the pinnacle of everything I adore about French automotive styling and is 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.’