The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award
Among the top automotive awards in the world, this year’s The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award was awarded to a rare and beautiful 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic.
The third annual The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award brought together eight of the world’s finest classic cars, all internationally-renowned best of show winners, to compete for the title of the most exceptional motor car in the world.
The winning Bugatti is co-owned by the Mullin Automotive Museum, and Rob and Melani Walton, located in California, USA. The vehicle was also named “Best of Show Concours d’Etat” at the 2017 Chantilly Arts & Elegance.
Powered by a supercharged engine and considered by many to be the first supercar ever made, the winning Bugatti is one of four Type 57 Atlantic models ever produced, with only three in the world remaining.
The vehicle was designed at the height of the art deco movement by Jean Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti’s son. Jean based the car on his other design, the 1935 Aérolithe concept car, which was famously riveted externally, for fear of the magnesium-alloy body parts catching fire. Jean kept this signature riveted seam on the all-aluminum body of the Atlantic.
Previously presented during Monterey Car Week, the award moved to Paris this year to be presented during the world-famous Rétromobile event. The Bugatti was presented at an exclusive reveal party in The Peninsula Paris’ subterranean garage, following a private dinner.
Other finalists for the prestigious award included:
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider by Touring: Amelia Island Concours de Sport
1951 Ferrari 212 Export Cabriolet by Vignale, design by Giovanni Michelotti: The Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup, Cavallino Classic
1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Coupé Atlantic, design by Jean Bugatti: Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Prototipo by Bertone, design by Franco Scaglione: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
1933/35 Lancia Astura Aerodinamica Coupé by Castagna: Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace
1957 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet by Pinin Farina: Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance
1929 Mercedes-Benz S Roadster by Barker: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
1964 ATS 2500 GTS Coupé by Allemano, design by Franco Scaglione: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
The winning vehicle was selected after being reviewed by 24 automotive experts, designers and notable celebrities within the motoring world.
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