350 hp, 5 liter fuel injected V12, 4-speed automatic transmission, front and rear semi elliptic leaf springs. Wheelbase: 127 inches The Model... Distinguished by its “dorsal fin”-- used to rivet the body panels together, the Bugatti type 57 Atlantic was the work, and some would say masterpiece of the famed Jean Bugatti. The type 57 Bugatti was given a highly modified version of the type 49 engine, throwing away the chains that formerly drove the twin cams and replacing them with a much more precise gear drive system. Bugatti only produced four of the aluminum bodied Atlantics and only two still exist. One of the existing examples is owned by Ralph Lauren and has been valued at over 40 million dollars.The other is being kept in the Mullin Museum in Oxnard, California. With only two examples available, and a presumably cost prohibitive price tag the door has been left wide open for custom built interpretations of this beautiful design. The Car... When Terry Cook former editor of Hot Rod magazine and Car Craft magazine took on the task of building this car, he brought years of custom car knowledge with him. He knew that what he wanted was not an exact copy of Jean Bugatti’s car, but rather a sort of rolling sculpture that would pay homage to both its designer and its most well known owner, Ralph Lauren. The process of hand sculpting a final product out of carbon fiber was a process that would take builders four years to complete--ending with several coats of House of Kolor jet black paint. The Pacific is noticeably longer than the original--10 inches to be exact--giving the interior a spacious feel that is roomy enough for any of the NBA’s s tarting forwards. After scouring New York for the upholstery, Mr. Cook eventually found the brocade fabric in an antique warehouse; he fabric was then laid over the exact copies of the tubular stainless steel seat frames that were used in Lauren’s Bugatti. A graceful BMW V12 resides under the hood and is no less pleasant to look at than the sweeping lines of the body. Paired with an electronic 4 speed transmission, the power is finally passed to the wire wheels through a Ford nine inch gear. This Bugatti exudes grace and beauty. It has even been remarked, several times, that this stunning piece with its wider body and longer flowing lines, may perhaps be even more stunning than Bugatti’s design. If your collection lacks a Bugatti, or you simply cannot stand it when someone shows up in that same type of car as you, the Pacific might just be the car you. Article provided by: Delahaye USA
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