Ettore Bugatti was born in Italy, and his automobile company was founded in Molsheim, France. The company was known for the advanced engineering in its premium road cars and its success in early Grand Prix motor racing, winning the first ever Monaco Grand Prix, numerous Grand Prix's throughout Europe, and the 24 Hours of LeMans twice. Bugatti's cars were as much works of art as they were mechanical creations, with hand-turned finishes on the engine blocks and safety wire treaded through almost every fastener in intricately laced patterns. He regarded the cars of his arch competitor, Bentley, as 'the world's fastest trucks' for focusing on durability. To Bugatti, weight was the enemy.
The Type 57 Bugatti is a touring model manufactured from 1934 to 1940, and just 630 examples were produced. It has a 3.3-liter twin overhead camshaft engine from the Type 59 Grand Prix cars, producing 135 horsepower. Top speed is 95 mph. The Type 57 weighs about 2100 pounds. It features a smaller version of the square-bottom horseshoe grille, also found on the fabulous Bugatti Royale. The sides of the engine compartment are covered with thermostatically-controlled shutters.
The owner has owned this Bugatti since 1970, and it has been in the weddings of four of their children and one granddaughter.