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1938 Bugatti Type 57

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Ettore Bugatti can certainly be considered one of the more colorful characters throughout automotive history. Though born in Italy, Bugatti spent most of his life in France. Nearly 8,000 cars bearing the Bugatti name were produced at the Molsheim factory located in Alsace, France. This number includes fifty two different models produced over the years from about 1910 to 1951. They ranged from the Type 35 Grand Prix racer, to one of the most costly and luxurious automobiles ever built, the Bugatti Royale. Bugattis were both superb performers for their time as well as aesthetically pleasing automobiles. Unlike other race car builders of the era, Bugatti sold cars to his competitors while his cars were still winning races.

In addition to being an automaker, Ettore Bugatti was an avid horseman and the traditional horseshoe grille became the trademark of every Bugatti built from race cars to touring cars. The Type 57 can certainly be considered the most celebrated non-racing Bugatti ever built. Introduced in 1934, production continued until the outbreak of war in 1939 - in all its forms 710 were sold.

The Type 57 was a design and engineering masterpiece; its chassis fitted with bodies created almost entirely by Jean Bugatti, son of Ettore. The Type 57 was the first Bugatti that didn't share its chassis design with race cars, as had earlier models. It would be the rival of its competitors Delahaye and Delage offering a car capable of high performance without sacrificing comfort, luxury, or convenience.

The Bugatti Type 57 was both beautiful and powerful and provided cash-flow for the Bugatti Company during a difficult economical time in history. It was introduced in 1934 and quickly grew a reputation for low noise and vibration from the engine. The engine is a 3.3-liter engine capable of producing 135 horsepower. There were four-bodystyles offered and their names were in honor of the Alps mountain peaks, the Galibier, Stelvio and Ventoux. The Ventoux body style had seating for four and two doors. Its design, such as raked windshield, was borrowed heavily from the Type 50. All of the Ventoux bodystyles were created in-house, by Jean Bugatti. Most of the Stelvio bodystyles were outsourced to custom coachbuilders.

A second series was introduced in 1936 and featured a redesigned chassis which accommodated a more flexible engine mounting system.

The 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupe with seating for four was on display at the 2007 Eastern Concours of the United States.

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1938 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 57

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Bugatti Type 57S Roadster in the style of Corsica
Chassis#: 57601
Sold for USD$1,105,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe
Chassis#: 57641
Sold for USD$1,765,000
  2021 Worldwide Auctioneers : The 14th Annual Auburn Auction
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by D'Ieteren
Chassis#: 57589
Sold for USD$1,655,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
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1938 Bugatti Type 57 Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 57589
Sold for USD$1,413,878
  2015 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale
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1938 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster
Chassis#: 57661
Sold for USD$671,000
  2015 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
Chassis#: 57701
Sold for USD$539,168
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Cabriolet by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57569
Sold for USD$962,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
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1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 COACH VENTOUX
Sold for USD$481,040
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 COACH VENTOUX
Sold for USD$692,888
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57569
Sold for USD$693,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
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1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe
Sold for USD$682,000
  2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
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Bugatti Type 57s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1938 Bugatti Type 57's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupé576332020 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $1,500,000$1,800,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Vanvooren29402018 Artcurial : Retromobile $650,000$950,000
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 STELVIO577152014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction $1,100,000$1,300,000
1938 Bugatti T57 Stelvio574502007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona$410,000$450,000$550,000
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 FOUR DOOR SEDAN 2003 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $160,000$190,000

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1938 Bugatti Type 57 Profiles

1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57633-463
Engine #: 463
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Drophead
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 57567
Engine #: 57567
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Drophead
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 57649
Engine #: 466
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: D'Ieteren
Chassis #: 57589
Engine #: 464
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Monoposto
Chassis #: 57478
Engine #: 354
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio Cabriolet
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57569
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Drophead
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 57587
Engine #: 458
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Monoposto
Chassis #: 57410