This Bugatti was originally ordered by wealthy French Industrialist Fernand Crouzet and has a custom body by Gangloff that features unique bumpers and wheel discs.
During World War II, this Type 57 was hidden under hay in a barn in France. After the war, the car was refurbished by the Bugatti branch in Paris and was sent to England where it was used as a French Embassy car until 1948.
The car is powered by an in-line 3257 cc (3.3L) eight-cylinder engine coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission. The 3,415 pound vehicle was stopped by hydraulic brakes. The supercharged model had a top speed of 112 miles per hour. The car has been in private collections since the late 1940s.
This car was offered for sale at the 2006 Gooding & Company Auction held in Pebble Beach, Ca. It was estimated to sell for $650,000-$850,000 and was offered without reserve. All the benefits of this sale were to go to the Ministrelli Women's Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan.
This car has had a 100-point restoration in 2005. The interior is finished in an Ostrich patter, wool broadcloth headliner and French Walnut instrument panel. It has a correct Scintilla ignition switch, Scintilla coils and Bosch distributor.
At auction, the car was sold for $682,000.Also photographed at :