The Most Expensive Cars. Last week, Dr. Peter D. Williamson’s estate sold the 1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic for the ultimate auto collector to the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, Calif., For between $ 30 million and $ 40 million, according to Person familiar with the transaction.
Any figure in that range would make the Williamson Atlantic, a harrowing piece of European automotive sculpture, considered the epitome of the French Deco style, the most valuable car known to have changed hands.
The most valuable car ever sold at a public auction was a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa from 1957, which was sold in Maranello, Italy, in May 2009 for $ 12.2 million.
The sale of Bugatti was negotiated by Gooding & Company, the car auction house based in Santa Monica, California, and it is said that it has been working on the works for some time.
It is not unusual for such transactions to remain private because buyers and sellers like to remain anonymous.
However, the world of car collectors knew that after Williamson’s death in 2008 it was only a matter of time before the car, widely recognized as the most desirable classic car in the world, was sold.
The Mullin Automotive Museum, founded by the famous automobile enthusiast Peter Mullin and located in a facility formerly owned by the Los Angeles Times editor Otis Chandler, is dedicated to the preservation of the classic French cars of the 1930s, including brands such as Delahaye, Delage, and Talbot Lake. The museum opened its doors to the public in April.