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Sources for business history: catalogues of bank files

Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

Exhibition - Motoring Rothschilds

9: Victor Rothschild's Bugatti Atlantic

Victor, 3rd Lord Rothschild (1910-1990) attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was known for his playboy lifestyle, driving a Bugatti type 57SC Atlantic and collecting art and rare books. 

Like Hispano-Suiza, Bugatti was a highly individual and expensive brand. Bugatti was founded in Molsheim, France as a manufacturer of high performance automobiles by Ettore Bugatti, an Italian, often described as an eccentric genius. The original company is legendary for producing some of the most exclusive cars in the world, as well as some of the fastest. 

Victor owned one of just 3 Bugatti type 57SC Atlantics ever built. Designed by Jean Bugatti, Ettore Bugatti’s son, and Joseph Walter, the car was derived from the Bugatti Aerolite Electron prototype shown at the 1935 Paris Auto Show. In 1936, Victor ordered the car in light blue, with a dark blue interior. The car was aluminium over ash wooden supports. Top speed was an impressive 125 mph, (0-60 mph in 10 seconds).

Victor only owned the car for a few years. Over the years the car had a succession of owners before ending up as part of the Williamson Bugatti collection in the states. 

In 2010 the car was sold for a record £19 million to an undisclosed buyer, then the most expensive car ever sold at auction.