Rothschild’s Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Could Be Yours In 1:8 Scale

Bugatti Type 57SC - 1-8 Scale Model

This is a detailed 1:8 scale model of the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic that was originally delivered to Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild, in 1936…

Synonymous with quality, elegance, and luxury, only four models of the incredibly rare Type 57 SC Atlantic Coupé were ever created between 1936 and 1938.

Three of these extraordinary coupés are still in existence, while the second Atlantic made for Jean Bugatti himself has never been found. They are now widely regarded as the most valuable and desirable classic cars in the world.

Bugatti Type 57SC - 1-8 Scale Model

This particular 1:8 scale Bugatti 57SC Atlantic is modelled on the first, chassis number 57 374, sold to British banker Victor Rothschild, subsequently referred to as the ‘Rothschild Atlantic‘ and forms an integral part of the amazing Amalgam Collection which are digitally scanned from Ralph Lauren’s car collection in order to achieve detailed scale perfection.

Originally dressed in grey-metallic blue, chassis No: 57 374 was created minus the ‘C’ specification and was equipped with various components from the Aérolithe prototype before the car was brought back to Molsheim in order to have the ‘C’ specification retro-fitted at Lord Rothschild’s request.

Bugatti Type 57SC - 1-8 Scale Model

The Atlantic was named after Jean Bugatti’s pilot friend, Jean Mermoz, who never returned from a South Atlantic aviation journey, while the ‘S’ stood for ‘Surbaissé’ (‘lowered’), which was a major undertaking in itself, and the ‘C’ for ‘compresseur’, a supercharger that Bugatti introduced in response to customers seeking more power.

Bugatti Atlantic 57SC 1:8

The cockpit area is a testament to its designers, Amalgam, who were originally founded in 1985, creating fine architectural models for the leading British and German architects of the day, particularly Foster & Partners, and displays all of the Bugatti refinements of that era including Jaeger instruments, exquisitely fitted switches, wooden dash, and iconic four-spoke wooden steering wheel.

Bugatti Type 57SC - 1-8 Scale Model

Dashboard, pedals, rich blue hand-stitched seating area, door handles, rear-view mirror, and chromed handbrake are also in perfect proportion and skilfully created bringing an almost ‘lifelike’ appearance to this incredible model.

Externally, the stunning detail continues with bespoke lighting and a beautifully hinged bonnet system that performs exactly as the original model would have back in 1936. Once under the bonnet, the onlooker is met with a scaled 197-horsepower 3.3-liter straight-eight along with ignition leads carefully attached to each of the spark plugs.


Sandy Copeman, one of the founders of Amalgam back in 1985:
“We take great pride in our accuracy, but we equally take pride in our artistic abilities that have been given free rein in the weathering of this small limited edition. Our models are such faithful reproductions of real cars that they’re hard to tell apart in photographs. On that account, we always want to have at least one photograph in each shoot with a hand or something else that gives away the scale.

“Every Amalgam Fine Model Car is made entirely by hand from thousands of parts. Detailed original CAD data is supplied by the car’s manufacturer or the race team of the car to be modeled. The process of developing each model and creating the master patterns takes between 2,500 and 4,500 hours of skilled work depending on the complexity of the car, with classic cars taking the longest.”

What does it all cost?
The stunning 1:8 scale model Bugatti Type 57SC will set you back around £13,255.00

Images courtesy of Amalgam

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