1935 Bugatti Type 57 Grand Raid Roadster / 57260 Chassis Information

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1935 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

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Grand Raid Roadster
Coachwork: Worblaufen
Chassis #: 57260
Sold for $990,000 at 2011 RM Auctions at Monterey.
Ettore Bugatti had already showed promise as an engineer and constructor even before he was even old enough to legally sign a contract. Ettore had first caught attention when he built his first automobile in 1900 at the age of nineteen. It would go on to win the Grand Prix of Milan and would earn Bugatti the French Automobile Club's 'incentive prize'.

The victory would also set Ettore's life in the automotive industry on its way. After partnering with a number of manufacturers and individuals, Bugatti would develop a lightweight car which he would later produce under his own name. He would develop the car in his basement while working at the Deutz gas engine plant.

Always considering himself to be an artist in the field of automotive design, Ettore would oversee the birth of the highly popular and successful Type 35. Not only did it present a simple and elegant design, it would also feature a mean streak to itself and would go on to become the company's most successful racing model.

Proving such a gift of artistry ran in the family, Jean Bugatti (Ettore's son) would develop and introduce the Type 57. Produced from 1934 through 1940, the Type 57 would feature a number of body styles including the 57C, 57S, SC, Atlantic and Atalante.

Of course, of all the models of the Type 57, the two-door coupe body-styling of the Atlantic would be considered the most popular. Many would consider it to be the most elegant and beautiful pre-war car to ever be made. But the Atlantic wouldn't be the only elegant coachbuilt Type 57 out there.

One of those rare Type 57s would be offered at this year's RM Auction held in Monterey, California in August. Discovered in France in 2000, the 1935 Bugatti Type 57 'Grand Raid' Roadster was one of just two Bugatti Type 57 roadsters to be built by Carrossie Worblaufen in Switzerland.

The first prototype would make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in 1934. Designed and built by the Ramseier brothers of Worblaufen, the prototype featured a height lower than the standard model. It had a higher rear axle ratio and a two-part dashboard with a speedometer and tachometer at each end.

The body design was also quite captivating. Besides featuring a lower height than the standard model the 'Grand Raid' would also have a cut-down windscreen. The bodywork would beautifully sweep downward from behind the passengers' heads. The rear bulbous fenders were enclosed giving the design an elegant but fierce look. The front highly-contoured front fenders seemed totally detached from the rest of the car but would frame and hug the famous Bugatti grille.

The first prototype of the 'Grand Raid' was absolutely stunning from all points, including the 137 hp, 3.2-liter straight eight under its hood. But this would not be the car offered at the RM Auction. But it also wouldn't be just any other of the ten Grand Raids. No, the car offered would be the only other 'Grand Raid' ever to be produced by the Ramseier brothers, and therefore, a truly historic and rare edition to the auction.

The chassis would be produced in November of 1934. Jules Aellen would then commission the brothers in March of the following year to build the coachwork for the car. Complete with a leather picnic basket, Aellen would take delivery of his beige and black finished roadster just in time for the Montreux Concours. At that event, the new car would earn best of show honors.

The Aellens would keep the car until the late 1940s when it would be sold to Chassures Henri, a shoe company. The car would be spotted again with a new owner during the mid-1950s. But in 1960, the car would be shipped to France. In 1970 the car would be purchased by Jean Serre and would remain in his private collection from some thirty years. In 2000, the car would be acquired by an American collector.

The American collector was presented the challenge of having this rare piece of Bugatti history restored as it had been involved in an accident. It would be shipped to Rod Jolley Coachbuilding in England. An extensive restoration would follow including interviews with Paul Ramseier and finding and photographing the sister-car for aids in the restoration process.

After great financial investment and time, the car would be fully restored, including the original paint color, and is presented for sale in this original restored state. This car, which is estimated to earn $1,000,000 to $1,300,000 at auction, would be welcomed at Pebble Beach in 2005 and would end up 2nd in class. A truly rare and exotic car, this 1935 Bugatti Type 57 'Grand Raid' Roadster by Carroosserie Wordblaufen would certainly be a 'best in show' in any collection.

Sources:
'Featured Lots: Lot No. 220: 1935 Bugatti Type 57 'Grand Raid' Roadster by Carrosserie Worblaufen', (http://www.rmauctions.com/featurecars.cfm?SaleCode=MO11&CarID=r115&fc=0). RM Auctions. http://www.rmauctions.com/featurecars.cfm?SaleCode=MO11&CarID=r115&fc=0. Retrieved 17 August 2011.

'Tradition: History', (http://www.bugatti.com/en/tradition/history.html). Bugatti.com. http://www.bugatti.com/en/tradition/history.html. Retrieved 17 August 2011.

Wikipedia contributors, 'Bugatti Type 57', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 15 May 2011, 20:01 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bugatti_Type_57&oldid=429282827 accessed 18 August 2011

By Jeremy McMullen

2011 RM Auctions at Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,000,000-$1,300,000 
Sale Price :
$990,000

2018 1
2017 2
2013 3
2011 1
2010 2
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$180,924$180,9241
2017$2,932,949$3,381,0492
2013$666,865$746,4723
2011$990,000$990,0001
2010$149,778$292,5562
2004$784,284$784,2841

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 3.3-litre Bugatti Type 57 Tourist Trophy Torpedo
Chassis#: 57264
Sold for $180,924
  2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype by Carrosserie Bugatti
Chassis#: 57254
Sold for $3,381,049
  2017 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba
 
1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante découvrable
Chassis#: 57330
Sold for $2,484,849
  2017 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1935 BUGATTI TYPE 57 COUPE GANGLOFF
Sold for $740,674
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1935 BUGATTI TYPE 57 CABRIOLET VANVOOREN
Sold for $746,472
  2013 ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS À RÉTROMOBILE
 
1935 BUGATTI TYPE 57 COACH VENTOUX
Sold for $513,450
  2013 ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS À RÉTROMOBILE
 
1935 Bugatti Type 57 'Grand Raid' Roadster by Carrosserie Worblaufen
Chassis#: 57260
Sold for $990,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1935 Bugatti Type 57 image  1935 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1935 Bugatti Roadster Replica
Sold for $7,000
  2010 Mecum - Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction
 
1935 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
Chassis#: 57594
Sold for $292,556
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
 
1935 Bugatti Type 57TT Four Seat Tourer
Chassis#: 57316
Sold for $784,284
  2004 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571934 Rumble Seat Convertible
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571934 Stelvio
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571934 Aravis Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Paul Nee
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571934 Aerolithe
Chassis Num: 57104
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: 57169
Engine Num: 101
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571935 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bertelli
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571935 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Binder
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571935 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571935 Chassis
Chassis Num: 57243
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571935 Grand Raid Roadster
Coachbuilder: Worblaufen
Chassis Num: 57260
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57SC1936 Roadster
Chassis Num: 3826
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571936 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Binder
Chassis Num: 57295
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57SC1936 Roadster
Chassis Num: 57374
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571936 Stelvio
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57395
Engine Num: 57395
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571936 Pillarless Coupe
Coachbuilder: Paul Nee
Chassis Num: 57397
Engine Num: 276
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571936 Atalante
Chassis Num: 57401
Engine Num: 54C
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571936 Stelvio
Chassis Num: 57406
Engine Num: 286
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571936 Racer
Chassis Num: 57416
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571936 Stelvio
Chassis Num: 57442
Engine Num: 57442
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571936 Two-Light Ventoux Coupe
Chassis Num: 57469
Engine Num: 350
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57SC1936 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Crosthwaite & Gardiner
Chassis Num: 57492
Engine Num: 9S
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: D'Ieteren
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571938 Atalante Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571938 Monoposto
Chassis Num: 57410
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571938 Monoposto
Chassis Num: 57478
Engine Num: 354
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571938 Drophead
Chassis Num: 57567
Engine Num: 57567
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571938 Stelvio Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57569
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571938 Drophead
Chassis Num: 57587
Engine Num: 458
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571938 Atalante Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57633-463
Engine Num: 463
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571938 Drophead
Chassis Num: 57649
Engine Num: 466
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Aravis Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Stelvio Convertible
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Stelvio Convertible
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Stelvio Convertible
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Stelvio Convertible
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 3 Position Drophead
Chassis Num: 57587
Engine Num: 458
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Atalante Coupe
Chassis Num: 57624
Engine Num: 448
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Aravis Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57710
Engine Num: 46C
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Galibier Saloon
Chassis Num: 57752
Engine Num: 57476 19C
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Stelvio Convertible
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57786
Engine Num: 19C.V.
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Faux Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: 57787
Engine Num: C66
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Aravis Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57798
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Galibier Saloon
Chassis Num: 57806C
Engine Num: 87C
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 57808
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 Voll & Ruhrbeck Roadster
Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis Num: 57819
Engine Num: 90C
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 571939 3 Position Drophead
Chassis Num: 57841
Engine Num: 109C


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