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1936 Bugatti Becomes World’s Most Expensive Car

Sells for nearly $40 million.

by on May.05, 2010

With a price tag reportedly running near to $40 million, this 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC is now the world's most expensive automobile.

While we may never know the exact price paid for what is known as the Williamson Bugatti, the rumored price tag of nearly $40 million will handily make it the most expensive automobile in the world.

More formally a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, this rare example of rolling French art deco styling was sold at a private auction, sometime last week, by the California-based auction house, Gooding & Company.  Details of the transaction aren’t being released but insiders hint the price tag was somewhere between $30 million and $40 million, which would handily exceed the previous record price paid for a car classic.

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In May 2009, a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa was gaveled off for $12.2 million at an auction near the company’s headquarters, in Maranello, Italy.