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1937 Bugatti Type 57


Chassis number : 57345

Bugatti 1937 Bugatti Type 57 History Specifications
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Sold for $350,000 at 2011 Mecum Auctions - Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction.
Sold for $451,000 at 2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction.
Ettore Bugatti would earn a reputation as a wonderfully talented chassis builder. His son, Jean, would earn an equally impressive reputation for the strikingly elegant bodies that graced his father's chassis. One of the best examples of Jean's artistic touch would be the Type 57 Ventoux.

The Ventoux body style was perhaps Jean Bugatti's most expressive and forward-thinking with its narrow nose, grand flowing fenders and steeply-raked windscreen. It seemed like the ultimate expression of what the future held for automotive design.

The first series of the Ventoux Coupe, which would be named after one of the peaks in the Alps, would be introduced in 1934. One of the first series Ventoux-bodied Bugatti Type 57s would be chassis 57345.

Bugatti Type 57, chassis 57345, would be one of the Ventoux-bodied cars that would be completed without running boards and would be invoiced on March 14th, 1936. When completed, the car would be sent to Arnaud in Lyon, France, for sale to the public.

Finished with the usual Ventoux touches of the flat, uncluttered wooden dash, simple steering wheel and the single-panel leather seats, 57345 would also have the 3.3-liter DOHC eight-cylinder engine with the single Stromberg carburetor helping to produce around 135bhp at 5,000rpm.

Unfortunately, the car's early history is relatively unknown but it survived the Second World War and would eventually be sold in 1960 in Paris. From there, the Ventoux Type 57 would be bought by J.W. Harrison of Arlington, Virginia, and, therefore, would make its way to the United States. Soon after arriving, the car would become registered with the American Bugatti Club.

The car would remain with Mr. Harrison until the early 1970s when it was purchased by David Uihlein. Uihlein would purchase the car and have it sit as part of some collection, however. Instead, 57345 would be a car regularly driven to and from different everyday events and would continue in this capacity well into the late 1990s.

Over the course of its life, the Type 57 Ventoux has been maintained and has undergone a number of necessary cosmetic and mechanical work. Finished in a Black and French Blue livery, the car is a striking thing to behold. Retaining its original motor, 57345 would appear to be highly original in a number of other ways, including its leather interior.

This period-correct and highly desirable first-series Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux would be offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2013. Appearing to be highly original and with its matching engine, this particular Type 57 Ventoux was drawing estimates of between $250,000 and $325,000 prior to the auction.

Sources:
'Lot No. 050: 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux', (http://www.goodingco.com/car/1937-bugatti-type-57-ventoux). Gooding & Company. http://www.goodingco.com/car/1937-bugatti-type-57-ventoux. Retrieved 17 January 2013.

'1938 Bugatti Type 57 News, Pictures and Information', (http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z11219/Bugatti-Type-57.aspx). Conceptcarz.com: From Concept to Production. http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z11219/Bugatti-Type-57.aspx. Retrieved 17 January 2013.

'1939 Bugatti Type 57 News, Pictures and Information', (http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z8707/Bugatti-Type-57.aspx). Conceptcarz.com: From Concept to Production. http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z8707/Bugatti-Type-57.aspx. Retrieved 17 January 2013.

'1934 Bugatti Type 57', (http://www.supercars.net/cars/2418.html). Supercars.net. http://www.supercars.net/cars/2418.html. Retrieved 17 January 2013.

By Jeremy McMullen

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2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $325,000 
Sale Price :
USD $451,000

2011 Mecum Auctions - Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction

Sale Price :
USD $350,000

1937 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 57

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Vanvooren Roadster
Chassis#: 57742
Sold for USD$1,132,500
  2023 Broad Arrow Group : Amelia Island
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57C VENTOUX
Chassis#: 57517
Sold for USD$940,000
  2022 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57156
Sold for USD$582,500
  2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57156
Sold for USD$665,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Surbaisse 3.3-Litre Four-Seat Sports Grand Routier Dulcie
Chassis#: 57503
Sold for USD$5,634,922
  2021 Bonhams : Legends of the Road
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet par Graber
Chassis#: 57500
Sold for USD$569,680
  2019 Artcurial : Retroobile
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Pillarless Sports Coupe
Chassis#: 57443
Sold for USD$360,434
  2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57156
Sold for USD$572,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux coach usine
Chassis#: 57547
Sold for USD$474,143
  2016 Artcurial : LeMans Classic
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57
Chassis#: 57579
Sold for USD$339,440
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux
Chassis#: 57584
Sold for USD$800,000
  2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57467
Sold for USD$985,376
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Roadster in the style of Figoni et Falaschi
Chassis#: 57617
Sold for USD$902,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
Chassis#: 57524
Sold for USD$420,029
  2013 RM Auctions - VILLA ERBA
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
Chassis#: 57345
Sold for USD$451,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57467
Sold for USD$978,670
  2012 RM Auctions - London
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57435
Sold for USD$477,848
  2011 RM Auctions - London
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 57380
Sold for USD$264,402
  2011 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupe
Chassis#: 57345
Sold for USD$350,000
  2011 Mecum Auctions - Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux
Chassis#: 57664
Sold for USD$797,500
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  

Bugatti Type 57s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1937 Bugatti Type 57's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57C VENTOUX575062022 Gooding & Company : London Auction $800,000$1,200,000
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux575842020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey $700,000$850,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe576412019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Riyadh Auction$2,800,000  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Pillarless Sports Coupe574432017 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours $400,000$480,000
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Pillarless Sports Coupe574432017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ $500,000$600,000
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux 2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook$390,000$475,000$575,000
1937 Bugatti Type 57575462008 Bonhams Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles Automobiles d'Exception $350,000$450,000
1937 Bugatti T57 Stelvio574402008 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$395,000$450,000$550,000
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club $265,000$300,000
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Sports Saloon575482005 Bonhams Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars, F1 Memorabilia, Automobilia & Models $160,000$200,000
1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57 C ATALANTE DECOUVRABLE 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$550,000  

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1937 Bugatti Type 57 Profiles

1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Vanvooren
Chassis #: 57617
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Ventoux Coupe
Chassis #: 57584
Engine #: 507
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Ventoux Coupe
Chassis #: 57614
Engine #: 429
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante Coupe
Designer: Jean Bugatti
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Vanvooren
Chassis #: 57742
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57641
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Pillarless Sports Coupe
Coachwork: Hermann Graber
Chassis #: 57443
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 57156
Engine #: 48
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Special Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57517
Engine #: 7C