A $38 Million Bugatti Clears Its Throat

By | November 10, 2010

The most expensive car in the worldThere’s always a lot of rampant speculation when talking with your friends about the most expensive car ever bought. Odds are you’ve probably heard handfuls of unsubstantiated and ridiculous claims that tell of a Bugatti Veyron sold for $40 million or a Ferrari Enzo that cost $200 million and the buyer’s first born child.  Again, all rampant speculation. The real cost the of world’s most expensive car, a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic….whatever that is, is a nearly incomprehensible $38 million. A bargain to that $200 million Enzo your friend told you about, but quite expensive for the rest of us.

And if you think that $38 million dollars for a car is without a doubt the most ridiculous and outrageous thing…well, ever, just take a look at what that hard earned money bought the guy: the Type 57SC is one of the ugliest and goofiest looking vehicles we’ve ever seen.

In typical Bugatti fashion though, the Atlantic does have a massive engine, sporting an inline-8 under the less than flattering hood- and that does interest us. Fortunately, the owner of this massive 1936 liability attended the Pasadena Art Center Car Classic last week and fired up the engine. Cameras were rolling:

We admit, it does sound pretty good and that 5-tip exhaust is one-of-a-kind. But doing a quick conversion we see that $38 million could have bought you a number of other “expensive” goodies, including:

158 Ferrari 458 Italias

436  Nissan GT-Rs

1,357  Mazda MX-5 Miatas

2,111 Toyota Corollas

152,000 Honda Lawnmowers

34,367,211 Dollar McDonald’s Cheeseburgers w/ 6% sales tax

Wow…$38,000,000 could buy you any one of those or one Bugatti Type 57SC Alantic. Worth it? You tell us.

[Chad Waite, Autoblog]

1 Comment

AJ on November 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm.

I definitely don’t see the draw, but I’m really happy for the guy. You know the guy bidding against him was happy when he heard “I’m not leaving here without that Bugatti!”. Was probably just bidding for fun!

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