Classic Cars

Ralph Lauren's Bugatti Wins at Como

Arguably (if not empirically) the most beautiful car in the world, Ralph Lauren's Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic coupe takes top honors at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

It’s been four years since Ralph Lauren first pledged to bring his ultra-rare Bugatti Atlantic to Villa d’Este for the Concorso d’Eleganza. Now he’s finally made good on his promise, and it wasn’t for nothing. The famous fashion designer’s 1938 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic was voted Best in Show at the prestigious Italian classic car show on the shores of picturesque Lake Como, winning the Coppa D’Oro award and the Trofeo BMW Group in the process. With its riveted aluminum bodywork, the Atlantic is the most beautiful of all Bugatti Type 57s.

Of the 710 examples of the 57 made in the 1930s, only four received the Atlantic bodywork, and only three of those survive. One of the others, previously owned by one Dr. Peter Williamson, also won Best in Show at Pebble Beach in 2003. It now resides at the Mullin Automotive Museum in California, having sold for approximately $35 million, making the Atlantic the most valuable car in the world. The black example pictured here is the prize piece in Ralph Lauren’s inestimable private collection that also includes a Ferrari 250 GTO, two 250 Testa Rossas, three McLaren F1s and many other collector’s classics.

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