Is This the Most Valuable Car in the World?

The record for the most ever paid for a car at auction is held by a Ferrari 250 GTO and stands at $38 million. 

Placing second, at $36 million is the 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe, owned by the Mullin Museum of California.

Ralph Lauren also ones one, purchasing his in 1988. With only 3 of these cars ever made, I will safely assume that we won't be seeing one of these at an auction anytime soon.

The car has some very cool features, such as the original interior upholstery made of goatskin leather and seats stuffed with horsehair. Because it is more original, the world’s experts declared it to be worth “$40+ million,” making it the most valuable car in the world.

Why? 

Prewar luxury cars like the Cord's Auburn-Cord-Desenberg conglomerate established high marks of styling, engineering innovation and performance, and  the Atlantic is a supremely good example of art deco/art moderne styling in the automotive world during the classic car's golden age.

But the Atlantic was more than just good looking, it was also the pinnacle of Le Mans-winning automotive technology at the time, yet sophisticated enough not to have to do anything to look the part. It is a coming together of the very best of the era’s styling, luxury and technology in a way that no other car quite managed.

1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe owned by Ralph Lauren at 2013 Villa d’Est Concorso d’Eleganza.

1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe owned by Ralph Lauren at 2013 Villa d’Est Concorso d’Eleganza.

 

Specifications:
Year: 1933-38
Make: Bugatti
Model: 57sc
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Horsepower @ RPM: 210@5500
Displacement: 3257 L.
0-60 Time: 10 sec.
Top Speed: 124.3 mph