An original Bugatti Atlantic at Road America (Elkhart Lake, WI), Sept. 17, 2005 - one of two surviving *** This is not the project car. This is an original that we are striving to emulate. ***
Some stumbling around on the web led to the realization that a Chevrolet S10 pickup 2WD long bed is a very close match for the wheelbase and track dimensions of the Atlantic. This ubiquitous Chevrolet model would be a suitable chassis donor for a project car.
'36 Bugatti Type 57SC: S = "surbaissé" (lowered), C = "compresseur" (supercharged)
* Wheelbase: 117.3 in. * Track: 53.1 in. * Weight: 2101 lb. * Wheels: F 18 x 5.5 in., R 18 x 6.5 in.
Chevrolet S10 Pickup:
* short (72.8") bed = 108.3 in. wb. * long (88.8") bed = 117.9 in. wb. * extended cab = 122.9 in. wb.
* track, f / r (in.): '82-'93: 54.1 / 54.1 '94-'04: 54.5 / 54.6
[09-26-05] Use an S10 donor vehicle chassis lowered the ~3 in. required using commonly available "sport truck" drop components, with a fiberglass/polyester body and 18 in. wire wheels. The S10 radiator, engine, and transmission mounting will be relocated rearward ~33.5 in. We'll accept deviations from a true replica, such as left hand drive, modern tires, deviation as required in steering box area, and the obviously non-authentic chassis. The S10 donor four cylinder and five speed are just fine; this is not a "supercharged drag racer/hot rod" project. Interior components are to be in the spirit of the original, but not necessarily authentic replication. This is intended to be a serious copy in proportion, size, and line, but will not be a "concours quality" exactly correct replica.
For techies or serious RABUGGI followers only --
Here's a directory of various drawings, notes, and data collected over the course of the project. Explore this dark archive of cryptically named files (mostly .pdf) at your own risk of boredom.