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The Most Expensive Car in the World! A at the Mullin Automotive Museum!

The Lisa’ of Cars, the 1936 Type 57SC Atlantic, the Expensive Car in the World!

What a car worth $35 million? Well, I first that someone is to pay that price for it. Which means that there are behind them who would close to matching it, otherwise it not sell for such an elevated

And secondly it must be so rare the term ‘priceless’ has some Last Saturday night I was on the floor of the amazing Mullin Museum in Oxnard, Ca. (about an from L.A.) with and Merle Mullin, and we were at the 1936 Bugatti Type Atlantic which is on loan for a limited time at the museum. who lovingly calls it the ‘Mona told me that an anonymous had recently purchased the car from the of Dr. Peter Williamson, a prominent New Hampshire neurologist, who had bought the car at a auction here in Los Angeles on 12th, 1971 for the unheard of of $59,000 and proudly held it for four decades. (I couldn’t thinking that, if I had had that of money in ’71, would I admittedly a rare car nut — done the same.

Probably not, although I did buy a used Rolls Royce Cloud 3. for $6,500, a princely sum for me. Had it painted light blue a faint touch of silver, like the Bugatti we were

Peter Mullin addresses the gathering; Merle gave Bugatti berets.

The occasion was a that the Mullins were for the owners of some 80 Bugattis who had in the 50th Anniversary of the American Club at the Bugatti Rally week, about which I written of on Huffington recently. the Pebble Beach Concours . some 60 cars, ranging a 1920 Brescia to a 2010 Veyron 16.4 Grand Bugatti (the world’s production car, with a top reportedly of 268 miles an hour and a tag in the $1.6 million range), Monterey driving single north across the Golden Bridge, then south the Santa Cruz Mountains, winding their way through towns to the Mullins home on the of Big Sur overlooking the Pacific, where parked in a meadowland of wild for a festive lunch, then south through wine to a tour of San Simeon’s Hearst and on to the Mullin Museum for this

The 2010 Veyron Grand the fastest production car in the world, at 268 miles per hour. Its sells for million+.

Along the way they a steam railroad, shopped in the Danish town of Solvang, at a Santa Ynez winery, and the Santa Barbara Mission. across from me at dinner was a woman named Evelyn Paso Robles whose was wearing the kilt, and they me that they had experienced the accident of the rally, when a made an abrupt right into their Bugatti. on its way to the restoration garage now, she But we have others.

This I met many of the owners from all the country and abroad — France, Germany, Holland. shipping their cars for the rally and ride. Bugatti drive their cars, are not just for show, one told me.

The ‘Beauty from the Deep,’ a Bugatti raised from the of a Swiss lake and bought by to preserve it. The $375,000 purchase went to a childen’s foundation in

At the museum, Merle Mullin me the famous Lake Bugatti, a Bugatti type 22 Roadster which was brought to the surface 75 years of submersion in Switzerland’s Maggiore. The owner had deliberately it to hide it from a tax collector, a chain to it with the idea he raise it after the taxman The chain corroded, it lay on the bottom of the until the Swiss Bugatti car lifted it, and then sold it to Mullin, who calls it ‘The from the Deep, for $375,000, to preserve it.

The proceeds of the sale to the Damiano Tamagini Foundation, for the young son of the diving team’s who was senselessly murdered by a gang of at a carnival last year. The brought his parents over for the of the museum, and when Merle the gathering the story of the ‘Beauty’ in Italian and English, there a dry eye in the house.

A 1927 Bugatti Type 52 Bugatti, built by Ettore for his son, Roland. Peter found this child-size in Argentina, being used as a carnival display. He had it restored and it is now in the

It has 4 wheel brakes and is driven by a electric motor; it is one-fourth the model of the Type 35 Grand Bugatti.

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There, in the new museum, it is on along with some 50 paying homage to the Art Deco era and the Bugatti family’s marriage of and technology. The museum’s curator, Reilly, told me, This was the age of the auto, from 1920 to the There are a lot of people who think the most important development of the century was the car.

Another of the precious car! Only were built; the other one is in Ralph Lauren’s car collection.

makes this extraordinarily and precious car we are gazing at even impressive. Considered by many to be the expression of the motor car as art form, the house which negotiated the says the price was ‘between $30 and $40 but a charming older woman next to me at cocktails (where Champagne celebrated its 250th with a fine pouring) I know the seller’s family well, and the final price was $35 million. The car was one of only three by Jean Bugatti, son and heir of the Ettore. The prototype ‘Aerolithe Coupe’ was in the1935 Paris Show; it was then developed and — radical in design and — used riveted panels which he mounted on most sophisticated, powerful and Type 57S chassis.

This one (chassis #57374) was to Lord Victor Rothschild of who ordered it in light blue a dark blue interior. In he sent it back to the factory to a supercharger installed. The only example remaining is in the collection of Raph Lauren.

My personal car at the museum, a late 30s Delahaye for the Shah of Iran, then To me, it is the personification of the Art Deco car concept.

and Peter Mullin have put heart and soul into stunning museum of exquisite objects.

Peter Mullin told me, I saw my first custom-built French car 30 years ago, a Delahaye, and for the time realized that masterpieces could also be rolling art,’ I was hooked then on, and I have passionately these Art-Deco creations. A to the Mullin Automotive Museum is for anyone who appreciates fine fine art, the better and sophisticated things in life. I am certain, includes all of my readers!

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