The Type 57 is the most celebrated non-racing Bugatti. Only 680 were made from the years 1934 through 1939. This was the last Letourneur et Marchand bodied car, delivered in April 1939 in Paris. There were only 13 Letourneur et Marchand bodied type 57's made.
Back in 1939, this Bugatti Type 57C was perhaps the best small sports coupe you could buy. That is, if you had $7,500. Bugatti offered clients the choice of four factory-designed styles: the Galibier four-door saloon; the two-door Ventoux coupe; the Stelvio cabriolet; and the Atalante Coupe.
This Bugatti was first owned by Gerald Ankermann, who went off to London to join the resistance. The story told is that his girlfriend hid this car in a factory in Bordeaux. It is believed to have been used by Germans in WW2.
It was used by the U.S. military in 1945, before being sold in 1947. It was restored and shown at the Concours d'Elegance in Enghein, France in 1950. It was shipped to the U.S. in 1961 and then purchased by the current owner in 1992. It is a rare and unusual body style for a Bugatti and one that demands a second look. It has had a completed restoration by High Mountain Classics and a number of very successful runs of concourses and rallies, including Pebble Beach in 2003 and 2009.Also photographed at :