With a car collection as illustrious as his comedy career, Jay Leno is one of the most celebrated figures in the automotive and entertainment worlds alike. One of the greatest pieces in his collection is a “replica” Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic. The genuine car is one of the rarest in the world, with one belonging to Ralph Lauren, and the lost and legendary “La Voiture Noire” being two of the small handful of examples ever made.
As a replica, however, Leno’s Type 57 SC Atlantic replica is as good as it gets, as the engine, chassis, and other components are all original Bugatti components, and the car was rebodied to look and feel just like the real Type 57 SC Atlantic. The car is quite unique, with a straight-8 supercharged engine, aluminum body, and “aircraft-inspired” design. Despite having only around 200 horsepower, its light weight makes it quite nimble and quick unlike other contemporary cars, which relied on immense power to move heavy weight. Leno describes the car as a beautiful creation, both to look at and to drive. As a matter of fact, Bugatti was so committed to beauty that even the engine was created with looks in mind. The result is evident, as after 86 years, the Bugatti Type 57 remains one of the most legendary classics of all time, and is a piece of treasured automotive history among collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Sources: Jay Leno’s Garage