57473 is the third Atlantic factory ordered and was delivered in December 1936 to Jacques Holzschuch in its black livery. The following spring, the car was shown at the Concours d'Elegance in Nice (France). In 1939, the bodywork was apparently modified by Figoni et Falaschi. A compressor is also mounted.
In 1952, the Bugatti was acquired by Marguerite Schneider for her lover Rene Chatard. Three years later Chatard and one of his mistresses were tragically killed when a train crashed into the Atlantic on a transition to unmanned level. The car almost destroyed was stored in a warehouse for nearly a decade before being returned to Mrs. Schneider who immediately sold to a scrap dealer in Gien, which itself sold it soon after to a young Bugatti enthusiastic, Paul-Andre Berson.
At that time, the Atlantic was already a subject of valuable collection, as Berson began to resurrect 57473. It is unclear how the wreck was recovered, but eventually it became clear that Berson has very little use for his 'new' Atlantic. Ten years were necessary to complete the car sold almost immediately to the French collector Nicolas Seydoux, while Berson preserved the remains with the idea of building another Atlantic in the future.
Seydoux retained the Atlantic resurrected decades and has regularly shown at events across Europe, and was finally sold to the current owner by a Swiss broker Lukas Hüni around 2006. The remains of self possession Paul-Andre Berson also been acquired by the same buyer. The two were reunited in the studio of Paul Russell with the request to put as many original parts in the 57473 car built by Berson.
Seydoux car was stripped and a new wooden frame all original bodywork surviving parts were mounted: a large part of the left side of the car, parts of the roof, dashboard and bonnet . The original casing was used to rebuild the engine. The aim was to restore the car to its 1955 configuration, with changes made by Figoni et Falaschi. The car was painted in gray how that was discovered on the surviving panels and interior colors were chosen on the basis of a piece of leather on the original dashboard.
The car finished was shown to the world in 2010 on the lawns of Pebble Beach.
Its authenticity discussed by controversy, it did not participate in the competition, but we can only congratulate Russell for the tremendous work to revive one of the finest creations of the brand.
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Bugatti 57S Atlantic 1936 sn57473 Berson restoration
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