The LA Auto Show is approaching rapidly. For a few days starting next week, Hollywood will take a back seat to four wheels and an engine within the West Coast mecca.
The Petersen Automotive Museum is currently setting the table for the auto show with its highly touted Art of Bugatti exhibition. Now underway, the show features a perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the rarest Bugatti vehicles in the world from the 1935 Type 57SC Atlantic to a 2017 Chiron.
Bugatti has always been more than just an automaker. From the company’s creation, the brand’s identity has been as much about art and achievement as building legendary luxury performance cars. To explore that, The Art of Bugatti includes other designs and creations from the family and the firm that carries their name — including furniture, sculpture, paintings, design documents and writing.
Termed the single largest and most comprehensive Bugatti exhibit in the world, The Art of Bugatti looks at the history of the Bugatti family, starting with Carlo Bugatti and his life in architecture, painting, furniture design and silversmithing. Carlo’s sons included sculptor Rembrandt and carmaker Ettore Bugatti. A mix of their personal creative work fills the galleries.
Obviously, the Petersen is one of America’s most prominent automotive museums, and the vehicles on display for this exhibit include the 1925 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix, a 1939 Bugatti Type 44 Fiacre, a 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Cabriolet, a 1931 Bugatti Type 50 S, a 1931 Bugatti Type 54, a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Supersport, one of only four 1935 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantics in existence, 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis by Gangloff, a 1939 Bugatti Type 57C by Vanvooren, a 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante by Gangloff, 1939/49 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante and the 1951 Bugatti Type 101C. The Chiron which will be on display until early November.
The exhibit also covers the company’s successful racing history and unique design language. The exhibit will run throughout the year, ending in October, 2017.