The Bugatti/Harley Concept: Fat Boy Meets 1936 57SC Atlantic
Here’s something for the curvy crowd: it’s a Harley Davidson and Bugatti fusion machine, mixing the best of American motorcycle engineering with a European design aesthetic from a bygone era. It’s as art deco as the Empire State Building and as curvaceous and sexy as Ingrid Bergman. It goes by the name of Jakusa Atlantico and it’s one of the few ‘fat and round’ looking motorcycle concepts that we’ve taken a shine to. Sure, it’s a theme bike but don’t let that get in the way of a good idea!
What we have here is a fantastic combination of the Harley Davidson Fat Boy and the ultra-rare and incredibly voluptuous 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. This particular concept by Tamus Jakus, is the perfect example of using retro lines and curves and a fair amount of simple streamlining to produce a beautiful motorcycle with a slightly modern twist.
Tamus Jakus is no stranger to designing gorgeous concept bikes; his portfolio boasts some of the most elegant and well thought out car and motorcycle concepts of the era. The Hungarian artist, illustrator and designer has a knack for mixing classic styling elements with modern machinery, to create some insane concepts.
The Jakusa Atlantico that you see here takes direct inspiration from the ever-elusive Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, a model so bizarre that only four were ever built. At the heart of the original Bugatti design lies a low stanced machine, with an aggressive and powerful 3.2 liter engine, that boasts 210 bhp at 5500 rpm. The Bugatti also packed a top speed of 124 mph and many believe that this particular beast was the very first super car ever made. Aesthetically, the Bugatti took it’s influence from aircraft designs and styles, fused with an avant-garde tear drop shape. Sadly, only four were made and the last one that went on sale sold for a massive $40 million…which is a lot of money for any type of supercharged pre-war roadster, regardless of how rare it might be.
Now, if only we can convince Tamus Jakus to take his design straight to the top of the Harley Davidson chain of command and ‘persuade’ them to produce a line of them, we might be able to afford our own slice of automotive history with this, although it doesn’t really have much in common with the Bugatti, save for a few sleek lines and curves. Of course, the concept’s beautiful, aerodynamic bodywork and grill-covered engine is more than enough to satisfy me.
This particular offering is a much more of a well thought out ‘big, curvy and all wrapped up’ bike, especially when compared with the bike from earlier this year or the Lotus racer concept from before that! And as Bugatti/Motorcycle crossovers go…it’s a lot better than this little gem we found kicking around the internet (below)!