Bugatti is saying some strange things over on their Facebook page that seem to imply that a new car is coming based on the classic Type 57 SC Atlantic.
If you’ve never even heard of a Type 57 SC Atlantic, don’t feel too bad. It’s a car that’s older than most of us, having been made during the heady days in the lead-up to World War 2. Back then, cars were all about long noses and comfort and were based on the similar appearance of racing vehicles at the time.
The Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic was based on the Type 57 SC, but given a few notable additions such as a twin-piece windshield and a little fin that goes down the middle. Under the hood was a 3.3-L supercharged inline 8 cylinder that produced 200 hp and could propel the car to speeds of 120 mph.
Only 17 examples of the 57 SC Atlantic were made with most of them having succumbed to the march of time. According to Motor1, three cars still exist, and they’re not cheap. One sold for $30 million at auction in 2010.
So it comes as some surprise that Bugatti would reach into their distant past to tease what could be a brand new supercar. On the French carmaker’s Facebook page, Bugatti released a black and white image of the old Atlantic as well as a curious message.
“Jean Bugatti’s 57 SC Atlantic cannot be re-created, but what do you think?” Bugatti asked. “Can we translate its design language into the 21st century?”
We know from previous leaks that Bugatti has plans to unveil something very special at this year’s Geneva Motor Show: an $18 million one-off car made specifically for former VW Group head, Ferdinand Piëch. We initially thought it would just be some sort of jacked-up Chiron, but with this latest teaser, now we’re not so sure.
If Bugatti does unveil a newly designed Atlantic, it will likely still share many components with the Chiron as $18 million doesn’t stretch too far for a brand new car’s research and development. But who knows? Maybe Bugatti had this in the pipes for a long time and just needed a little capital injection to bring it out.