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At its launch, the Bugatti Type 57 was available in four body styles. Three of these body styles were named after mountain peaks in the Alps - the four-seater, two-door Ventoux, the four-door Galibier, and the two-door Stelvio convertible - and the fourth was the Atalante. Because the Type 57 had a slightly larger chassis compared to earlier models of similar engine size, there was a lot of flexibility to accommodate custom coachwork. To cater to their customers' individual needs Bugatti also supplied bare chassis to coachbuilders. The two-door Stelvio convertible was often built by French coachbuilder Gangloff, but Swiss specialist Hermann Graber provided the coachwork for this Type 57.

This Bugatti was originally owned by a Dr. Walser, but by 1937 it had been purchased by Arnold Christian Kropf, Jr., who owned the Metzgern Hotel in Thun, Switzerland. Kropf loved racing through the winding mountain roads from his hotel in Thun to Bern. He would use the Cabriolet as an everyday automobile and, on the weekends, to drive his family through the Alps to Bern for lunch. Mr. Kropf owned the Bugatti until his hotel was purchased by the town of Thun and, consequently, his car was evicted from its longtime home. He felt it would be safe with his son and daughter-in-law in Beverly Hills and sent it to them. This Cabriolet with Graber coachwork has continued to be maintained by his daughter-in-law since 1969.

The car is powered by a water-cooled overhead-cam straight-8 3,257 cc engine developing 180 horsepower coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission. The supercharged version is said to be capable of 125 mph.

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1936 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 57

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio
Chassis#: 57395
Sold for USD$346,000
  2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : The Passion for the Drive
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio
Chassis#: 57406
Sold for USD$681,500
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57263
Sold for USD$500,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1936 Bugatti 57 Galibier
Chassis#: 57363
Sold for USD$338,345
  2022 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante
Chassis#: 57386
Sold for USD$1,325,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1936 Bugatti 57 Atlantic modifiée Erik Koux
Chassis#: 57654
Sold for USD$970,559
  2019 Artcurial : Retroobile
 
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Two-Light Ventoux
Chassis#: 57469
Sold for USD$885,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio
Chassis#: 57442
Sold for USD$198,000
  2018 Gooding & Co. : Amelia Island
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier
Chassis#: 57291
Sold for USD$299,341
  2018 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupé
Chassis#: 57345
Sold for USD$488,129
  2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante
Chassis#: 57401
Sold for USD$1,485,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Paul Nee
Sold for USD$396,000
  2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier
Chassis#: 57415
Sold for USD$65,201
  2008 Automobiles of London
 
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Gangloff
Sold for USD$396,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  

Bugatti Type 57s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1936 Bugatti Type 57's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio574062016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island$650,000$900,000$1,200,000
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Gangloff 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island$240,000$350,000$450,000
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio573952008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions$325,000$500,000$600,000
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe574272008 Bonhams Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles Automobiles d'Exception $750,000$900,000

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1936 Bugatti Type 57 Profiles

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Pillarless Coupe
Coachwork: Paul Nee
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 57397
Engine #: 276
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio
Coachwork: Gangloff
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 57395
Engine #: 57395
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Racer
Chassis #: 57416
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Designer: Graber
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante
Chassis #: 57401
Engine #: 54C
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 57406
Engine #: 286
Gearbox #: 68C
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Binder
Chassis #: 57295
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 57442
Engine #: 57442
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Two-Light Ventoux Coupe
Chassis #: 57469
Engine #: 350
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante
Chassis #: 57386
Engine #: 281
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio
Coachwork: Gangloff
Designer: Jean Bugatti
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 57263