The Bugatti family was artful when it came to cars and otherwise.
Any Bugatti fan knows that the brand’s old cars, just like the modern ones, are incredible statements that show the highest potential for automotive beauty and performance of the time. What is less known is that Jean Bugatti’s brother, Rembrandt Bugatti, had a similar pursuit in the world of art, as one of the 20th century’s most notable sculptors. Together, both brothers’ work will be featured at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in a new exhibition until September 18, called “Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture.”
While Rembrandt Bugatti’s sculpture work will be displayed, Jean Bugatti’s part in the exhibition is fulfilled by the very first Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic built, the most exclusive car ever made. The example on display belonged to Victor Rothschild, the British banker, and is one of only two surviving examples of the car, the other belonging to Ralph Lauren. This Bugatti model is the one that was the original La Voiture Noire, the practically mythical Type 57 SC Atlantic that mysteriously disappeared in 1938. If it is found, it is estimated to be worth over €100 million, which speaks to just how storied and revered the Type 57 SC Atlantic, and Bugatti as a whole are.