First Bugatti Atlantic scoops top award at the Arizona Concours

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A seldom seen 1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic and former winner of Pebble Beach has been awarded the Best of Show gong at this year’s Arizona Concours, which kicked off a week of celebrations and auctions in Scottsdale. The Atlantic is co-owned by Peter and Merle Mullin, and Rob and Melani Walton.

The incredible aluminium-bodied, Art Deco beauty beat stiff competition in the form of Kevin Cogan’s 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa, which topped the Vignale class, a 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial, winner of the Post-War European Racing Cars class, and an imposing 1933 Marmon V16 convertible coupe, which took the top award in the American Classic/Open category. 

Chassis 57374 is the first in the series of four cars, each unique though sharing the same lineage traced back to the 1935 Aerolithe Electron Coupe. It was delivered to its first owner, Victor Rothschild, in 1936, and was later restored by Peter Williamson, in whose stewardship the car won Pebble Beach in 2003.

Last year's event was won by the legendary Mormon Meteor speed record car – click here for more

Photos: Jim and Michael Carpenter

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