This 1:8 Scale Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic Model Is Breathtaking

Bugatti Type 57 SC - La Voiture Noire
1:8 Bugatti Type 57 SC - La Voiture Noire - Amalgam Collection

This 1:8 size model of the legendary and missing 1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic is part of the amazing Amalgam Collection and was even digitally scanned from Ralph Lauren’s car collection in order to achieve detailed scale perfection…

Synonymous with quality, elegance, and luxury, the Type 57 SC Atlantic is one of the most iconic Bugatti cars from the original era with only four of these incredibly rare machines ever created between 1936 and 1938. Three of these extraordinary coupés are still in existence and now regarded by many as the most valuable and desirable classic cars in the world.

The Atlantic name was named in homage to Jean Bugatti’s pilot friend, Jean Mermoz, who never returned from a South Atlantic aviation journey. 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 horses.

Bugatti Type 57 SC - La Voiture Noire

Of the four Type 57 SCs produced, only three were ever sold to customers. The first was sold to British banker Victor Rothschild, the third to Parisian businessman Jacques Holzschuh and the fourth car was sold to R.B. Pope of Britain. Tragically, Holzschuh’s Atlantic was involved in a fatal accident that completely destroyed the car. Decades later, the car underwent a painstaking restoration though the engine was unsalvageable.

This particular model is a perfect 1:8 scale recreation of the fabled second car, ‘La Voiture Noire’ (The Black Car) which Jean Bugatti had made for himself. Only he or a few selected friends, mainly Bugatti racing drivers, were given the privilege of sitting behind the large steering wheel of the coupé wearing chassis number 57 453.

Bugatti Type 57 SC - La Voiture Noire

Bugatti even used ‘La Voiture Noire’ (the black car) with a front bumper and lower doors as a model for photos in brochures and a demonstration car for international motor shows such as those in Lyon and Nice.

In contrast to the other models, there is no trace of this car after 1938. It is not quite clear whether Jean Bugatti sold the car to a racing driver among his friends or whether it was moved to a safer region of France when the German army invaded Alsace, which is more probable.

Bugatti Type 57 SC - La Voiture Noire

Bugatti Type 57 SC – Model Detail

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, switches that are exquisitely fitted to the wood dash and the iconic four-spoke wooden steering wheel.

Externally, the mind-blowing detail continues with bonnet catches performing exactly as the original model would have back in 1936. The Type 57 SC Atlantic was powered by a 197-horsepower 3.3-liter straight-eight, which allowed the stylish coupe to clock a top speed in excess of 125 mph.

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.

Bugatti Type 57 SC - La Voiture Noire

What does it all cost?
Anything even loosely connected to Bugatti and Ralph Lauren isn’t likely to be cheap so take a deep breath… The princely sum of £11,935.00 gets you one of the most sought after ‘models’ in the world.

Images courtesy of Amalgam.

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