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1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet / 57677 Vehicle Information

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

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Sold for $1,292,500 at 2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction.
The Bugatti Type 57 is perhaps Jean Bugatti's most celebrated non-racing Bugatti. Powered by a long-stroke, inline eight-cylinder engine, the powerplant offered smooth, seamless performance and was the epitome of elegant engineering.

On February 22nd of 1938, Molsheim received an order for a 57C Stelvio from Swiss concessionaire Jean Sechard of Geneva. The cost, which approached 90,000 francs, was for a supercharged Type 57 with open coachwork. It was among the most expensive French automobiles of its era. The individual responsible for the order was 24-year-old Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, a direct descendent of Emperor Napoleon I.

Prince Napoleon acquired his first Bugatti in 1934 and reportedly owned a number of them during his lifetime.

Bugatti with chassis number 57677 was equipped with a supercharged 3.3-liter engine, number 31C. Completed in May of 1938, this late-build 57C featured a number of significant chassis improvements, including rubber engine mounts, a stiffened frame and revised engine timing. Other improvements included Bugatti-Lockheed hydraulic drum brakes and an optional Cotal gearbox.

On September 28th of 1938, the Bugatti was exported to Switzerland via Lausanne, and then delivered to the prince's resident at the Villa de Prangins on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Though not confirmed, it is believed that the Prince retained 57677 for the duration of the war. Following World War II, the 57C Stelvio was exported to the United States where it eventually found a home with Robert Fergus, an engineer living in New York. The next known owner, L.S. Juillerat of New York, is recorded in Hugh Conway's 1962 Bugatti Register.

Several years later, David Tunick of Greenwich, Connecticut, acquired the Stelvio. In 1979 Maine resident Lou Hilton became the next caretaker. Throughout his 36-year ownership, Mr. Hilton treated the Bugatti with the greatest care, and, for approximately two decades, entrusted Paul Russell and Company to perform regular service and maintenance work.

The car retains all of its major original components including the frame (288), engine (31C), front axle (31C), rear axle (31C) and supercharger (31). The crankcase is stamped on its front face with the proper assembly number (291), which is repeated directly below on the sump, confirming the two castings as an original matched pair. This number (291) can also be found stamped into each cam box. It retains its Cotal gearbox, Chausson radiator and original Bas Rhin-style chassis plate.

The car is finished in dark blue over ivory and is outfitted with wheel discs, rear spats and the full complement of Marchal and Scintilla accessories. The cockpit is upholstered in dark blue leather and the polished wooden dashboard is equipped with correct Jaeger instrumentation.

This is an original, matching-numbers 57C. Less than 20-percent of all Type 57s left the factory with a supercharger. Thus, this is a very special Type 57C.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the Pebble Beach auction presented by Gooding & Company. The car was estimated to sell for $1,300,000 - $1,600,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $1,292,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2012



2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,300,000-USD $1,600,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,292,500

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio
Chassis#: 57597
Sold for USD$786,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57 C cabriolet Gangloff
Chassis#: 57596
Sold for USD$1,112,232
  2019 Artcurial : Retroobile
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante
Chassis#: 57766
Sold for USD$2,805,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Convertible
Chassis#: 57748
Sold for USD$1,595,000
  2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Cabriolet by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57710
Sold for USD$2,337,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57597
Sold for USD$770,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupé
Chassis#: 57335
Sold for USD$923,287
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante
Chassis#: 57766
Sold for USD$2,035,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio
Chassis#: 57677
Sold for USD$1,292,500
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Drophead Coupé by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57716
Sold for USD$665,819
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Roadster
Chassis#: 57584
Sold for USD$429,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio
Chassis#: 57715
Sold for USD$719,444
  2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Coupe
Chassis#: 57335
Sold for USD$1,375,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Gangloff
Sold for USD$1,375,000
  2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti T57C Aravis Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 57736
Sold for USD$1,045,000
  2006 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1938 Bugatti T57C Atalante Coupe
Sold for USD$533,500
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Bugatti Type 57C's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet576442020 Gooding & Company : Geared Online $1,300,000$1,600,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff577372020 RM Sothebys : Paris $1,000,000$1,200,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante577662015 RM Sotheby's NY Auction : Driven By Distruption $2,200,000$2,500,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe573352012 Bonhams Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood   
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Cäsar Schaffner Special Roadster57.584/57.5772012 Bonhams The Monaco Sale 'Les Grandes Marques à Monaco' $320,000$440,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante577662008 Automobiles of London$660,000$600,000$800,000

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Bugatti Type 57C Vehicle Profiles
Atalante Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe

Model Year: 1937
Profile
Atalante Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Stelvio
Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1937

Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 57156
Engine Num: 48
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Ventoux Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux Coupe

Chassis Num: 57345
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Pillarless Sports Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Pillarless Sports Coupe

Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: 57443
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Special Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57517
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Ventoux Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux Coupe

Chassis Num: 57584
Engine Num: 507
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Ventoux Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux Coupe

Chassis Num: 57614
Engine Num: 429
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
Bugatti Type 57C Roadster

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 57617
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Atalante Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57641
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Bugatti Type 57C Roadster

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 75542
Model Year: 1937
Profile

Aravis Drophead Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1938
Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Stelvio Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Stelvio Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1938
Special Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe

Chassis Num: 57335
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Bugatti Type 57C Roadster

Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: 57584
Engine Num: C15
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History

Stelvio Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57597
Engine Num: 82 C
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
3 Position Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C 3 Position Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Letourner et Marchand
Chassis Num: 57644
Engine Num: 470
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Bugatti Type 57C Roadster

Chassis Num: 57661
Engine Num: 25C
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Stelvio Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57677
Engine Num: 31C
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Aravis Drophead Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57710
Engine Num: 510
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Atalante Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe

Chassis Num: 57766
Engine Num: C57
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History


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