The Mullin Automotive Museum in California loaned a stunning Type 57 SC Atlantic to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s latest exhibition. A central automotive art piece at the exhibition, the legendary vehicle was automotive designer Jean Bugatti’s pièce de resistance and also one of two surviving original examples. The ‘Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture’ exhibition will be open till 18 September 2022.
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Located in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao, the titanium architecture of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is one of the most spectacular buildings in continental Europe. The latest exhibition, personally curated by architect and designer Norman Foster, celebrates and investigates “the parallels between the automotive world and that of art”.
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Inside ‘Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture’ is a hand-picked collection of about 40 of the automotive industry’s most exclusive, breathtaking and technically innovative creations. Among the selection and appearing in the ‘Sculptures’ gallery of the exhibition, the Type 57 SC Atlantic’s engineering excellence was highlighted, along with its prominent flowing lines.
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Mystical Allure & Exclusivity
Shaped by Bugatti’s craftspeople, the 1936 automobile was the first unit originally built for British banker Victor Rothschild. Jean Bugatti created the second-made Atlantic — now infamously known as the “La Voiture Noire1” — for his personal use which has been missing since 1938 and is presumed to be lost during the Second World War. According to experts, that Atlantic is valued at more than €100 million if it is ever found. The third unit was in a severe collision in 1955 that almost completely destroyed the car. The last and fourth Atlantic belongs to fashion designer Ralph Lauren.
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The striking car features an extremely long bonnet with an overall length of 3.7 metres. Its rear end flows downwards in an oval shape and extends almost to the ground. A raised seam, an outstanding design feature, runs vertically from the hinge in the split bonnet to the tail — dividing the body in the middle.
The Type 57 SC Atlantic is powered by a robust, near-silent 3.3-litre straight-eight engine. It is able to produce up to 200 PS and has a top speed in excess of 200 km/h. A work of art on wheels and also a pioneering innovation at a time when mostly horse-drawn carts were still on roads.
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Christophe Piochon, Bugatti’s president, said the Type 57 SC Atlantic remains one of the greatest pieces of automotive design ever conceived despite being created over 80 years ago, as very few existing cars can command such a distinct presence.
“It is the very definition of the automobile transcending into the world of art, making it the ideal specimen to illustrate our brand’s heritage and design philosophies at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao,” added Piochon.
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Other beautiful cars include a 2010 Dymaxion #4, an Alfa Romeo BAT Car 7 from 1954, General Motors’ Firebird I, II and III, as well as the space-inspired Pegaso Z-102 Cúpula from 1952. Purchase tickets to Guggenheim Bilbao’s ‘Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture’ exhibition here.
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By: Cleo Yong
Title: Bugatti Atlantic At Guggenheim Bilbao Exhibition — Art, Beauty & Technology
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Published Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2022 07:01:46 +0000
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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.
This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.
By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
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Published Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2024 17:36:07 +0000
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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “SPEEDVETTE” – NO RESERVE
Celebrating the best of performance and style at the upcoming 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, where it is selling with No Reserve, is the “Speedvette,” a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette that marries classic aesthetics with modern muscle.
This custom beauty underwent a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration completed in March 2023, and comes alive under the hood with a robust GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine, generating 525 horsepower. Paired with a 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission, it is sure to deliver a straightforward American muscle experience.
This Speedvette rolls on Schott Turbine wheels wrapped in Diamond Back Classic red line tires and boasts a Pro-Touring treatment. Its Coffman Corvette custom chassis incorporates C6/C7 components, RideTech coilovers and a power rack & pinion steering system. Stopping power is delivered by C7 calipers gripping slotted rotors, assisted by an E-Stopp electric brake.
The exterior’s subtle modifications include 2-inch rear fender flares and a smoothed decklid with a waterfall effect. The Torch Red exterior and black Haartz Stayfast convertible top add a classic touch. Inside is a handcrafted bespoke cabin with black leather and red stitching.
Register to bid today for the opportunity to take this Speedvette home with you and join us January 20-28 at WestWorld for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.
Title: SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
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Published Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2023 21:10:11 +0000
Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
I got lucky when I bought my 2012-model Triumph Bonneville SE last year. A single-owner bike with less than 1,500 miles on the dial, it had spent most of its life trickle-charging in a garage. What’s more, the previous owner had thrown a handful of tasteful factory accessories at it (and a few that were less well-judged).
There was one key ingredient missing though; good suspension. Most modern classics roll out of the factory with suspension components that are adequate at best, but the older air-cooled Bonneville’s setup is downright poor. Small LED turn signals and a fancy sprocket cover might make your bike look prettier, but new shocks—like the fully adjustable TFX Suspension Xtreme units now gracing the tail end of my Triumph—will make it ride better.
Based in The Netherlands, TFX Suspension is run by a small and passionate team, led by founders Hans-Dieter Fischer and Alex Meijs. The two of them formed TFX fourteen years ago when the suspension company that they were working for folded. Now they produce components on their terms, with the sort of hands-on approach that’s often missing from larger companies.
Their catalog includes various mono- and twin-shock items, suitable for a wide range of on- and off-road applications, plus a handful of front suspension upgrades. (We’ve seen their parts on custom bikes from Bottpower, Powerbrick, CNCPT Moto, and more.) They sent me a set of their Xtreme shocks to test out on my Triumph Bonneville; fully-adjustable units that retail for €1,399 [$1516].
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
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Published Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2024 18:45:19 +0000
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