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Christopher Bruce2013-02-21 13:27:09

Bugatti Gangloff Imagines Modern Type 57 Atalante

Car comes from designer Pawel Czyzewski

The car is inspired by the Type 57 Atalante

Self-taught, Polish designer Pawel Czyzewski has created a concept he calls the BugattiBugattiBugattiFrance, 1909 > present41 models
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Gangloff concept to imagine what a modern version of the Type 57 AtalanteType 57SBugatti Type 57SFrance, 1936 > present2 photos
would look like. 

The name for the concept comes from Swiss coachbuilder Gangloff that built bodies for a variety of high-end vehicles starting before World War 1. While the company was primarily headquartered in Switzerland, it also operated an office in Colmar, France, near the Bugatti headquarters in Molsheim and made several factory-bodied cars for them. 

While Gangloff created the body for many cars, the one that has stood the test of time is the Type 57 Atalante. The car has a similar design to the Type 57 Atlantic but with a single-piece windshield and no fin down the rear.  Just 17 original cars were built, and three were bodied by Gangloff.

Czyzewski used the design as his inspiration for the Gangloff but modernized it significantly. The front of the car arches into the Bugatti horseshoe grill. The headlights are given a very floral shape. Czyzewski adds a small fin from the roof down the back of the car that splits the rear window into two panels.  From the side, the car is made from two distinct arcs. The first runs from the front of the car and sweeps downward to the windshield and is then carried into the door. The second arc starts from the windshield and flows over the roof to the rear of the car. 

The interior borrows some inspiration from the VeyronVeyronBugatti VeyronGermany, 2000 > present30 versions
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. It features a simple, three-instrument layout with a simple center console with only a clock, HVAC controls and emergency button. 

"When I create an auto, I always try to look for the best and for unique lines, spending lot of time thinking about my concept. In my opinion creating a car cannot be a mindless accident, each line must be carefully thought and get inspiration from something special," said Czyzewski.

Czyzewski's Gangloff will likely never exist outside of a computer. He is a conceptual designer, and you can view more of his work here. However, while we are waiting for a new Bugatti to succeed the Veyron, it is nice to imagine what a designer could bring us. 





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