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1934 Bugatti Type 57

Chassis number : 57127

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Sold for $1,325,000 at 2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction.
This Bugatti is powered by a 3.3 liter 8-cylinder engine developing 135 horsepower. It was originally owned by German film star Hella Harwich. Hella liked the Franay Body, which she ordered, and it is the only Bugatti with this particular body. The Bugatti Type 57 was an entirely new design by Jean Bugatti, son of founder Ettore. Type 57s were built from 1934 through 1940 with a total of 710 examples produced. Only the Type 57 engines used gears to transmit power from the crankshaft instead of the chain drive twin-cam engines of the Type 50 and 51. This is the only known Type 57 originally fitted with dual rear mounted spare tires.
Sold for $1,325,000 at 2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction.
This Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet wears one-off coachwork by Carrosserie Franay. It was ordered new through Paris Bugatti distributor Dominique Lamberjack and delivered as a bare chassis on July 4th of 1934 with an invoice of 50,400 Francs. It was ordered by a wealthy German movie star and ski champion named Hella Hartwich.

This Type 57 received unique two-door, two-seat open coachwork by Franay - who would cloth a total of about four Bugattis but this was the only Type 57.

Hartwich registered 57127 in late July of 1934 with the registration number 1544 RJ2. It is believed that Hartwich retained the car in Paris throughout World War II. After the war, pictures of the car display the car in complete, but 'worn' condition with modifications that included vents replacing the previous louvered hood. The unique bumper switch with a standard straight one and its large Marchal headlights were replaced by more modern lights. The original paint was replaced by a lighter color and a large dent could be seen in the left front fender.

In the early 1950s, the car was in the care of Garage Aubert owner Pierre Proust of Montrouge. It was next registered to Mr. Di Vincenzo Salvatore of Paris with plate number 3913 DN 75. The car remained in the care of Mr. Salvatore briefly, and on May 15th of 1956, it entered the car of Jean Rouch who owned the car for nearly half a century.

As the 1960s were coming to a close, the car was sent to Carroserie Monceau in Chamecy, France for a full restoration. After the work was completed, the car appeared in Rouch's 1969 ethnofiction comedy Petit à Petit. From 1969 until Rouch's passing in 2004, ownership of the car was shared with Jean's friend Philippe Luzuy.

The car entered the care of Clem and Mary Lange in 2011 still wearing its 1960s restoration. It was soon sent to Longfield Restorations Ltd. of Ontario, Canada for a complete, concours restoration. The work took three years to complete, from 2012 through 2015, at a cost of nearly $650,000 and bringing it back to its original specifications. It was finished in dark blue paint with a two-tone mustardy tan leather and ostrich interior.

In 2016, the car won Best of Show at the July 2016 Keenland Concours in Lexington, Kentucky.

This Bugatti retains its original cambox, engine, and tranmsission. The rear axle is a slightly later unit that is believed to have been replaced in period.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2021

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2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $800,000-USD $1,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,325,000

1934 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 57

(Data based on Model Year 1934 sales)
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier
Chassis#: 57224
Sold for USD$179,200
  2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
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1934 BUGATTI TYPE 57 CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 57127
Sold for USD$1,325,000
  2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
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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
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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 coach Pre-Série Gangloff571062017 Artcurial : Retromobile $430,000$530,000

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1934 Bugatti Type 57 Profiles

1934 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: James Young
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 57169
Engine #: 101
1934 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Aravis Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Paul Nee
1934 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Aerolithe
Chassis #: 57104
1934 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Rumble Seat Convertible
Coachwork: Franay
Chassis #: 57127
Engine #: 52
1934 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio
Coachwork: Gangloff
1934 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Galibier Pillarless Four-Door
Coachwork: Vanvooren
Chassis #: 57224
Engine #: 112
1934 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Hermann Graber