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Type 57SC Atlantic

Jean Bugatti, who had already established his reputation as a genius of car design with the legendary Type 41 “Royale” Esders, the Type 55 Super Sport Roadster and the Type 50 Superprofilée, was also responsible for designing one of the most beautiful Bugattis ever made: the Type 57SC Atlantic. The body of the Atlantic was originally supposed to be made of magnesium – which is why it had the characteristic riveted fin in the centre. This was not just a design feature, but served a vital structural function.

 

At that time, it was extremely difficult to weld magnesium, which was why the two halves of the bodyshell and wings were riveted together. The four Atlantic bodyshells were eventually made in aluminium, but the fin was retained and remains a striking detail to this day. The prototype of the Atlantic was exhibited at motor shows in Paris and London in 1935.

 

 

Technical details
Year of manufacture1936-1938
Units built41 (57S), 2 (57SC)
Engine8-cylinder in-line engine, monoblock
Cubic capacity/bore [cm³/mm]3257/72 x 100
Compressoryes, at 57SC
CarburetorStromberg UUR 2 or Bugatti
Power [HP at revolutions/min]170/210 (57SC) at 5500
Forward gears4
DriveShaft-driven
Front wheel suspensionLive axle, semi-elliptical springs
Back wheel suspensionLive axle, inverted quarter-elliptical springs
BrakesCable drum brakes until 1937, subsequently hydraulic brakes
Wheelbase [meters]2.98
Wheel track [meters]1.35
Tire size18 x 5.50
Weight [kilograms]950