And, boy, are enthusiasts enthused. Automotive collector car fads come and go, but the Atlantic is one car they always seem to come back to. The Atlantic, based on the 1935 Aerolithe concept, featured a blend of style, luxury, performance and pedigree that has rarely been matched and arguably never surpassed. The car was a high watermark for an era.
Just four Atlantics, all slightly different, were built. Each was powered by a dual-overhead-cam inline-eight tucked into a lowered Type 57 chassis.
Their bodies are defined by a longitudinal dorsal fin flowing from the nose, up and over the cockpit and to the tail.
Three of the four are known to have survived. No one is really sure how much these cars are worth because they change hands rarely and privately.
All this is to say that, if you're Dr. Piech and rumored to be laying out $18 million, the Atlantic is a perfect well from which to draw inspiration.