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1936 Bugatti Type 57

Chassis number : 57397

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Sold for $396,000 at 2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company.
The Type 57 Bugatti is the touring equivalent of their Type 59 race car. They share a twin overhead cam, 3.3 liter, straight eight-cylinder engine with an integral four-speed gearbox. 800 were produced between 1934 and 1938.

This car was originally delivered in Paris, on March 4, 1936, with Faux Cabriolet Coach Work by Fernand. In 1947, a custom body was designed and built by Paul Nee of Levallois, Paris. The car arrived stateside in 1962.

A frame-off restoration began in 1968 by 'Bunny' Phillips, the noted Bugatti restorer, in Pasadena, CA. After spending 32 years disassembled, it was completed by Jim Stranberg of Colorado, perhaps today's most respected Bugatti restorer. It was acquired by the present owner in 2005.

The first owner of this vehicle, Mr. Paul Worth of the famed French perfume family, took possession on March 4th of 1936. It was originally configured as a faux cabriolet with coachwork by Fernandez & Darrin. After the Second World War, a new body by Paul Nee was installed for its owner Monsieur Lescure. The Pillarless Coupe bodystyle features a distinctive ridge on the trunk, Marchal lights, rear-hinged doors, a sunroof, chrome fender flashing, and a well-hidden spare.

The car was sold in 1954 to Monsieur Jean Contat in France who retained the car for the next seven years. It was sent to the United States on June 14th of 1962 and arrived on July 10th of that year. It was the new property of a well-known Bugatti collector Dr. Milton Roth. Soon after taking delivery of the car, Mr. Roth passed away. Dr. A.J. Nelson of Lon Beach, CA purchased the car from the estate. While in Mr. Nelson's care, the car was treated to a frame-off restoration. The restoration process took over three decades to complete, as it lay disassembled for many years with work progressing very slowly. It was side-lined while other projects took priority. In the 1990s, another restorer adopted the project. The work was completed just before its debut at the 1999 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It won a class award in the Closed European Classic, 1925-1939 category.

In November of 2005, the car was purchased by its present owner. The newest owner has actively campaigned the car at several shows and events throughout the country. It won a succession of prestigious awards in 2006, including the Breitling Award for The Car of Timeless Elegance at Amelia Island, Best in Class at the Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance in Houston and class awards at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the Los Angeles Concours d'Elegance. It also won the Most Elegant Car at the Palos Verdes Concours.

In 2009, this car was brought to Gooding & Company's Scottsdale Auction where it had an estimated value of $500,000 - $600,000. The lot was sold for $396,000 including buyer's premium.

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2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $500,000-USD $600,000 
Sale Price :
USD $396,000

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