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1934 Bugatti Type 57 Drophead Coupe

  • Coachwork by James Young
  • Designed by
  • Chassis Number: 57169
  • Engine Number: 101
The Type 57 was a new design for Jean Bugatti, the son of Ettore - who was the founder of the Bugatti marque. The Type 57 was produced from 1934 through 1940 with a total of 710 examples being produced. Most of the Type 57s were given coachwork by some of the greatest coachbuilders of this era. Twelve were bodied by James Young, such as this example.

This Bugatti Type 57 was sent to London in September of 934, the first year of Type 57 production. It was entrusted to coachbuilder James Young to be given a four-seat cabriolet body. The first owner of this car was V. Derrington of Britain, followed by J. Coleman. It was imported to the United States by V. F. Mashek, the car's next owner. It was later purchased by Dr. Peter and Susan Williamson in January 1968. The car has remained in their car until coming to auction in 2008.

After many years, the car was finally treated to a concours-quality restoration and finished in two-tones of maroon with brown leather upholstery, maroon-painted wire wheels, and a black cloth top.

There are many interesting features to this vehicle, such as the single enclosed side-mounted spare wheel and tire, Andre Telecontrol shocks, Lucasa lighting, trafficators, and Raydyot fender mirrors.

Upon completion of the restoration, the car was invited to the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The car is one of just two examples of this James Young coachwork on the Type 57 chassis. In total, there were just 607 examples of the Type 57s produced from 1934 to 1939.

This car is powered by an eight-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts and is fitted with a four-speed manual gearbox. There are live axles with semi-elliptical front leaf springs and reversed quarter-elliptical rear leaf springs.

In 2008, this Type 57 James Young Cabriolet was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, California, and was estimated to sell for $500,000 - $700,000 and offered without reserve. As the gavel fell for the third and final time, the lot was sold for $726,000, including the buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009

2008 Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $500,000-USD $700,000 
Sale Price :
USD $726,000

1934 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 57

(Data based on Model Year 1934 sales)
1934 BUGATTI TYPE 57 VENTOUX
Chassis#: 57297
Sold for USD$472,500
  2024 Gooding & Co: Selections From The Mullin Collection Auction
 
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier
Chassis#: 57140
Sold for USD$282,837
  2024 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio
Chassis#: 57190
Sold for USD$467,000
  2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1934 Bugatti Type 57 image  1934 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier
Chassis#: 57224
Sold for USD$179,200
  2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
1934 Bugatti Type 57 image  1934 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1934 BUGATTI TYPE 57 CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 57127
Sold for USD$1,325,000
  2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1934 Bugatti Type 57 image  1934 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet par Vanvooren
Chassis#: 57162
Sold for USD$548,171
  2020 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1934 BUGATTI TYPE 57 COUPE VENTOUX
Sold for USD$446,661
  2011 Automobiles sur les Champs 2
 
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 57202
Sold for USD$419,500
  2009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
 
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
Chassis#: 57315
Sold for USD$256,481
  2009 Coys Auction - Monaco
 
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coach
Chassis#: 57319
Sold for USD$213,857
  2009 Bonhams - Automobiles d'Exception à Retromobile
 
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 57158
Sold for USD$393,343
  2009 Bonhams - Automobiles d'Exception à Retromobile
 
1934 Bugatti Type 57
Chassis#: 57169
Sold for USD$726,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
1934 Bugatti Type 57 image  1934 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Double Cabriolet Stelvio
Chassis#: 57164
Sold for USD$326,000
  2008 Bonhams - The Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
 
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier Sedan
Sold for USD$242,000
  2008 RM Auctions - Classic Car Auction of Michigan
 

Bugatti Type 57s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1934 Bugatti Type 57's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Convertible571952023 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction $500,000$600,000
1934 Bugatti Type 57 coach Pre-Série Gangloff571062017 Artcurial : Retromobile $430,000$530,000

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1934 Bugatti Type 57

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Stelvio
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57190
Engine #: 62
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Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57195
Engine #: 13
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Coachwork: Hermann Graber
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Galibier Pillarless Four-Door
Coachwork: Vanvooren
Chassis #: 57224
Engine #: 112
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Coachwork: Franay
Chassis #: 57127
Engine #: 52
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Chassis #: 57104
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Coachwork: Paul Nee
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Stelvio
Coachwork: Gangloff
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Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: James Young
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 57169
Engine #: 101

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