Bugatti hit gold with the presentation of the Type 57 ahead of schedule in 1934. In one major scope, it supplanted all current street going models in the Bugatti line-up. The eight-barrel engined machine was accessible with a decision of standard mentor work, going from a formal four-entryway vehicle to a lively roadster. The most selective of these Jean Bugatti outlined bodies was the “Atlantic” two-entryway roadster. Just four were manufactured and the two that have made due in to a great extent unique condition are today among the most looked for after and profitable autos on the planet.
The narrative of the Atlantic starts with the much more subtle “Aerolithe” model appeared at the Paris Motor Show in 1935. Named after the Greek word for ‘meteor’, the auto donned an excellent streamlined body with a profoundly unordinary development. This was required as a result of the broad utilization of the magnesium composite ‘Electron’. Created in the aeronautical business, this material was as light as it was solid yet had one noteworthy disadvantage; it was additionally extremely unstable. Subsequently welding the boards was impossible. Rather they were bolted together, giving the body an exceptionally unmistakable look with a “spine” running front to back and over the front and back bumpers.
A few students of history uncertainty Electron was truly utilized for the Aerolithe however what is sure is that the resulting Atlantics all included aluminum bodies. They by and by included bolted boards, probably for stylish reasons. A more perceptible change was the change to the most recent development of the Type 57 skeleton. This included an underslung back pivot and more profound mounted radiator and was suitably known as the Type 57 S for “sousbaissé” or brought down. It had the same short wheelbase as found on the exceptional case utilized for the Aerolithe. Particularly the drop in radiator stature and the subsequent littler front-end enhanced Jean Bugatti’s configuration.
With the suspension and running rigging significantly nearer to the ground, the Type 57 S likewise required a lower form of the first cast-press straight eight. This was accomplished by fitting an opposition determined dry-sump oil framework. The twin-cam head and motor square were left to a great extent untouched. What changed was the pressure proportion, which raised the force of the 3.3 liter motor from 135 to 170 bhp. Soon after the primary Atlantic was delivered, Bugatti presented a discretionary Roots-sort supercharger. This additional a further 40 bhp to the motor’s yield. Stand out of the four Atlantics were initially fitted with the Type 57 SC motor yet all surviving autos were redesigned before long.
Bugatti Type 57SC Coupé Atlantique 1936 Design Interior Exterior