Or has it?
The location of the fourth Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is one of the greatest mysteries in the world. It ranks right up there with the Loch Ness monster and why socks disappear in the washing machine.
Ettore Bugatti built three for Europe's elite, while a fourth was kept by his son, Jean Bugatti. It was a black car and was thus nicknamed the La Voiture Noire. Bugatti would use this name again almost 100 years later on a one-off based on the Chiron, rumored to belong to Cristiano Ronaldo.
But back to the past and the mystery of the black car. Ettore Bugatti sent the vehicle to Bordeaux in 1938, rightfully assuming that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis would eventually invade France. The invasion happened in 1940, and after that, the car disappeared into obscurity. There isn't even a clear record stating the vehicle reached its destination.
As you might know, the Nazis immensely enjoyed a bit of pilfering. Goebbels had a massive cellar filled with wines stolen from across Europe, and all of Adolf's closest allies had a thing for art. A rare Bugatti certainly qualifies.
Volkswagen estimates it would be worth around $100 million today, so finding it would result in a hefty payday. In addition to having a prestigious badge pasted to the front, it's one of the rarest vehicles ever made. And the entire story above only adds to the value.
That's why we're intrigued by images posted to Reddit earlier this week. A user called r/RIP_MY_MAIN_ACCOUNT posted these photos and said that the car was found in a barn in France.
According to the user, the car was verified as the missing black Type 57SC Atlantic, but politics stood in the way of it being announced to the public. The post also says that the car never reached Bordeaux but was disassembled instead and kept in a barn. The barn in question belonged to a friend of Ettore's. The final statement says that Bugatti never had time to return for the fourth car, even two years after the war ended. So it just sat there collecting dust in a barn.
Drive in Australia approached the poster for comment, but the account was deleted. Drive then contacted the restoration company claiming to have the car, and they stated responded as follows: "The photos were posted by an intern without authorization to do so. At this time, we cannot confirm nor deny the claims."
According to reports, various Bugatti experts say that the images likely don't show the lost vehicle but a high-quality unfinished replica. According to these experts, the replica is based on a genuine Bugatti chassis and could still be a seriously rare Bugatti, likely a "regular" 57S. These factors indicate that the person who made the outrageous claims was misinformed, but nothing is certain yet. Still, we can't help but think that the automotive equivalent of The Amber Room would certainly have been discovered by now were it still intact. Whatever the case, we'll be keeping a close eye on this story.