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Mullin Museum's Bugatti to Compete for Best of the Best

The amazing 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, a staple of the Mullin Automotive Museum's car collection, has been nominated for the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award. This nomination comes on the heels of its “Best of Show Concours d’Etat” win at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance. The Bugatti has been on loan to L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum since Oct. of last year, where it stood as part of the “Art of Bugatti” exhibit. The impressive car will only be present in the Mullin Grand Family Salon until Jan. 13, 2018.

The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award has honoured the world’s finest automobile since its inception in 2015. Eight “Best In Show” winners from prestigious Concours events around the world compete before an expert panel of 24 judges, including Henry Ford III and The Duke of Richmond. The winner of the 2018 award will be announced at a private dinner at The Peninsula Paris on Feb. 8 during Retromobile.

The Mullin Museum’s Atlantic, sometimes called the "Mona Lisa" of the automotive world, is the first of only three models produced. With riveted flanges on a blue, all-aluminum body, it is also the only surviving “Aéro Coupé,” a term referring to the first two cars that were mechanically very similar to the aérolithe. Transported new in 1936 to Britain’s Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, it's been owned by only a few fortunate caretakers throughout its 80-year history. During its time under the care of the Mullin Museum, the car has been publicly presented at many events and venues internationally.

“I’m beyond thrilled that the Atlantic is being considered for this extraordinary distinction amongst the world’s finest vehicles,” said Peter Mullin, founder and CEO of the Mullin Automotive Museum. “I’ve revered French artistry and design for nearly thirty years, seeking to share the extreme beauty and architectural curves of the genre with enthusiasts from around the globe. When my wife and I purchased the Atlantic with Rob and Melani Walton, we were enamored with the French signature styling. We’re honored to see it evaluated on this prestigious platform.”

Competing with the Atlantic are a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider by Touring, “Concours de Sport” winner at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance; a 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Cabriolet by Vignale, “The Gran Turismo Ferrari Cup” winner at Cavallino Classic; a 1957 Alfa Romero Giulietta Sprint Speciale Prototipo by Bertone, “Best of Show by Jury” winner at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este; a 1933/35 Lancia Astura Aerodinamica Coupe by Castagna, “Best of Show” winner at the Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace; a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet, “Overall Winner” at the Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance; a 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer, “Best of Show” winner at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance; and a 1964 ATS 2500 GTS Coupe by Allemano, “Rolex Circle of Champions Best of Show” winner at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.