The Atlantis SuperConcept is a one-off creation from Ron Santarsiero of Santarsiero Concepts Design Studio in southern California. It took four years of meticulous labor to produce this rolling work of art. Unveiled in 2021, the SuperConcept fuses design traits from the most iconic 1930s Art Deco automobiles. The GM-powered SuperConcept has taken elements from pre-war masterpieces such as the 1937 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic, the 1937 Delahaye 135MS Roadster by Figoni et Falaschi, the 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster, with color and interior styling inspired by the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Roadster by Gurney-Nutting. Borrowing so many design cues from so many different cars could have produced an abomination, but Mr. Santarsiero has managed to blend them flawlessly.
The body of the Atlantis SuperConcept is a blend of handcrafted aluminum with a center section of lightweight composite. The finish is a glossy black and orange affair. The chrome horseshoe-shaped grille takes its inspiration from pre-war Bugattis, namely the aforementioned 57SC Atlantic. The hand-formed fenders are adorned with flowing chrome accents. Dual chrome spotlights are located just forward of the Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster-inspired windshield. Headlights and driving light inspiration were also from the 500K. The sloping rear deck integrates half-ellipse shaped headrests, and a chrome fin toward the base of the trunk lid. Horizontal chrome trim on the roll pan surrounds inverted tear-drop taillamps that frame large round exhausts and the license plate. A black cloth convertible top and roll-up windows keep the SuperConcept’s passengers safe from the elements.
Open the reverse-hinged doors, and you are welcomed by a bespoke interior. Inside the Atlantis SuperConcept, the seats and door panels are covered in striking quilted orange leather. The door panels and dash incorporate machine-turned metal panels. The upper half of the door panels and the dash are covered in padded orange leather. The dash is populated by chrome-bezeled, white-faced gauges and polished metal control knobs. The black steering wheel has four highly polished spokes. Vintage Air climate control keeps the cabin pleasant, no matter the weather.
The Atlantis SuperConcept is built on a custom chassis with a Chevy Camaro suspension with adjustable air ride and Wilwood four-wheel power disc brakes. Power is provided by a 5.3-liter LS V8 with Holley Terminator fuel injection, Patriot headers, and Borla exhaust all combining to produce 460 horsepower. That power is sent to the rear wheels by way of a 4L60 four-speed automatic transmission and a GM 10-bolt rear end.
This stunning custom will cross the Mecum Auctions block during their Monterey Car Week event taking place August 17th through the 19th.