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1936 Bugatti Type 57


Chassis number : 57406

Bugatti 1936 Bugatti Type 57 History Specifications
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High bid of $650,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island. (did not sell)
Sold for $681,500 at 2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
Over 680 examples of the Bugatti Type 57 and supercharged T57C were estimated to have been built in various body styles during its lifespan. From early 1937 until September of 1939, Bugatti focused most of its efforts on building the Type 57 model. The Type 57s were basically offered in four body styles that included the Ventoux (four-place coupe), the Galibier (four-place, four-door saloon), the Atalante (two-seater) and the Stelvio cabriolet. Gangloff was a preferred coachbuilder for Bugatti not only for their nearby location to Bugatti's Molsheim factory but also for their talented and skillful craftsmen. The most popular open car was the Stelvio four-seater cabriolet, which had a design penned by Bugatti. Most of the Stelvio-bodied Type 57s received their coachwork from the French coachbuilder Gangloff. The Stelvio coachwork was offered throughout the production lifespan of the Type 57, from 1934 until 1939. The design evolved over the years; in 1935-36, the Stelvio was given a folding windshield and a top that would fold nearly flat and out-of-sight into a 'cut-out' provided for it at the rear of the body.

This particular Stelvio example was built in April 1936. The Jean Bugatti-designed cabriolet features pontoon fenders and Atalante-like rounded tail. It was sent to the Nantes Fair, an international trade exhibition. On August 8th of 1936, it was sold to its original owner, R. Petit. It was later owned by a Mr. Ferrand, by which time it had been given the later-style headlamps, integrated into the front fenders, as well as spats over the rear wheels. It was also given the front 'moustache' bumpers, as well as Lockheed hydraulic brakes. It is believed that these modifications were performed by the factory or a Bugatti agent.

The next owner was Jacques Dufilho of Paris. In 1974, it was sold to Alec Ulmann, where it would remain for the remainder of Mr. Ulmann's life. He drove the car without the rear fender spats and refinished in light blue and black.

After his passing, the car was retained by his widow, Mary, for two years and then was sold to a collection on the West Coast. It was there that it was given a restoration to its present appearance, updating its Ulmann two-tone royal blue and black 'sweep panel' livery while fitting pale grey leather upholstery and reinstalling the 'spats' on the rear wheels.

This Bugatti has its original engine, transmission, and rear axle. It is believed that the gauges are original, with the exception of a new Jaeger tachometer. The odometer records 1,047 kilometers, believed to be the distance traveled since the restoration.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016

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2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $750,000-USD $900,000 
Sale Price :
USD $681,500

2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $900,000-USD $1,200,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $650,000

1936 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 57

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio
Chassis#: 57395
Sold for USD$346,000
  2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : The Passion for the Drive
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio
Chassis#: 57406
Sold for USD$681,500
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57263
Sold for USD$500,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1936 Bugatti 57 Galibier
Chassis#: 57363
Sold for USD$338,345
  2022 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante
Chassis#: 57386
Sold for USD$1,325,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1936 Bugatti 57 Atlantic modifiée Erik Koux
Chassis#: 57654
Sold for USD$970,559
  2019 Artcurial : Retroobile
 
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Two-Light Ventoux
Chassis#: 57469
Sold for USD$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 USD$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 USD$299,341
  2018 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupé
Chassis#: 57345
Sold for USD$488,129
  2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante
Chassis#: 57401
Sold for USD$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 USD$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 USD$65,201
  2008 Automobiles of London
 
1936 Bugatti Type 57 Gangloff
Sold for USD$396,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  1936 Bugatti Type 57 image  

Bugatti Type 57s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1936 Bugatti Type 57's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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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1936 Bugatti Type 57 Profiles

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Pillarless Coupe
Coachwork: Paul Nee
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 57397
Engine #: 276
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio
Coachwork: Gangloff
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 57395
Engine #: 57395
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Racer
Chassis #: 57416
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Designer: Graber
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante
Chassis #: 57401
Engine #: 54C
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 57406
Engine #: 286
Gearbox #: 68C
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Binder
Chassis #: 57295
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio
Designer: Jean Bugatti
Chassis #: 57442
Engine #: 57442
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Two-Light Ventoux Coupe
Chassis #: 57469
Engine #: 350
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante
Chassis #: 57386
Engine #: 281
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio
Coachwork: Gangloff
Designer: Jean Bugatti
1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 57263