1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante / 57401 Chassis Information

1936 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1936 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1936 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1936 Bugatti Type 571936 Bugatti Type 571936 Bugatti Type 57
Atalante
Chassis #: 57401
Engine # 54C
Sold for $1,485,000 at 2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction.
Jean Bugatti's Type 57 Atalante utilized the company's race-bred dual overhead camshaft inline eight-cylinder engine and the thoroughbred road car chassis with exceptionally beautiful coachwork. No more than 34 examples of the factory-bodied Type 57 Atalante were produced. This example, chassis number 57401, is one of just 10 examples that featured the roll-top roof which offered open-air thrills of a convertible plus added headroom, but retains the structural integrity of a coupe.

This example completed assembly on April 30th of 1936, finished in NoirlJaune paint (black with yellow accents) with an interior in Havana leather upholstery. It has several unique features such as the rear wheel spats, low-clearance windscreen, Art Deco-styled door handles and freestanding rather than faired-in headlamps.

The car was invoiced on May 1st to E.C. George Rand of New York City, the official Bugatti agent of the Eastern United States. He was also one of the first Americans to compete at the 24 Horus of LeMans.

Chassis number 57401 is also one of just two Type 57 Atalantes that were originally delivered to the United States. Acquired circa 1945 by Walter Gerner of New York, it was soon after purchased by Dr. Sam Scher. Dr. Scher retained Dick Simonek to rebuild the Atalante for him. During Dr. Scher's ownership, the car earned Best in Show at a concours d'elegance staged at Watkins Glen, held during of the racetracks's first years of existence.

Around 1949, the car was sold via dealer Quentin Craft to Dr. Ivan Hartwell of Sandwich, Massachusetts, who used the car mostly for house calls. Soon after, the car received a Type 57C supercharged engine and receiving distinctive horizontal slots to the rear spats. The motor is an original factory engine and was installed early in 57401's life, thus the modification should be considered authentic.

After Dr. Hartwell's passing in 1954, this Bugatti went to R. Lewis in Houston, Texas, and was subsequently acquired in the 1960s by Andre Surmain. In 1969, the car passed to Vittorio Serventi, a resident of Rome who imported this car to Italy. During a period of over 20 years of ownership, Mr. Serventi retained Salvatore Diomante of Turin to conduct some cosmetic work while expert Gianni Torelli of Reggio Emilia addressed mechanical maintenance. In 1980, the car was displayed at the Turin Motor Show.

In the early 1990s, the car was traded to Alfredo Celli of Forli. Rare appearances during Mr. Celli's ownership included winning its class at the Louis Vuitton Classic Concurs in the Parc de Bagatelle, France, in the late 1990s. It participated in the 2001 Mille Miglia and was exhibited on the Bugatti S.A.S. stand during the 2009 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

The current owner acquired the car in April 2010. This Atalante has since been treated to a thorough mechanical 'going through' by a British Bugatti expert. The work included rebuilding the gearbox and rear axle, and installing a light-pressure clutch mechanism and a switch-activated overdrive. The magneto has been rebuilt and new wheels were sourced from Borrani. The modified fender skirts have been replaced with original-type ones and the driver's seat cushion has been lowered to accommodate taller drivers.

In February 2012, the car was featured in the British magazine Octane.

The dual overhead am 8-cylinder engine is fitted with a Roots supercharger and Stromberg Updraft carburetor. The powerplant produces 180 horsepower and there is a four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive.

In 2012, this car was offered for sale at the Pebble Beach, CA auction presented by Gooding & Company. It was estimated to sell for $1,500,000 - $2,000,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $1,485,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2012

2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,500,000-$2,000,000 
Sale Price :
$1,485,000

2019 1
2018 2
2015 1
2012 1
2009 1
2008 1
2006 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$885,000$885,0001
2018$248,671$299,3412
2015$488,129$488,1291
2012$1,485,000$1,485,0001
2009$396,000$396,0001
2008$65,201$65,2011
2006$396,000$396,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Two-Light Ventoux
Chassis#: 57469
Sold for $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 $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 $299,341
  2018 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupé
Chassis#: 57345
Sold for $488,129
  2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante
Chassis#: 57401
Sold for $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 $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 $65,201
  2008 Automobiles of London
 
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Gangloff
Sold for $396,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1936 Bugatti Type 57's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1936 Bugatti 57 Atlantic modifiée Erik Koux576542019 Artcurial : Retroobile $800,000$1,200,000
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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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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