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1934 Bugatti Type 57

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The Bugatti Type 57, introduced in 1934, incorporated many new features. It was the first new model built under Jean Bugatti's direction and with his own coachwork designs built by a number of outside companies. It can certainly be considered the most celebrated non-racing Bugatti ever built. Introduced in 1934 with the production continuing to the outbreak of war in 1939, there were 710 built. It was a design and engineering masterpiece with its chassis fitted most often with one of four standard bodies designed 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 rivaled competitors Delahaye and Delage by offering a car capable of high performance without sacrificing comfort, luxury, or convenience.

This 1934 Bugatti Type 57 with Stelvio body was built by Carrosserie Gangloff in Colmar, France. An early Type 57, it owes its existence to the fact that it was hidden under a pile of hay in a barn in France during World War II. Upon discovery after the war and with the assistance of Bob Baer, it was acquired by a CIA agent named David Meize who was stationed in Europe. Mr. Meize was an active Bugatti Club member and would hold on to the car for many years. He would then sell the car to a Mr. John Risch, Sr., a fellow Bugatti Club member. It was kept in the Risch family until 1964.

This Bugatti retains its original engine, paint and interior. The odometer shows just 36,000 kilometers from new.

This car has been carefully stored in a climate controlled environment and had not seen the light of day for over 25 years. A coming out at 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was the first showing, where it received a significant award in the Pre-War Preservation class.

Wearing nearly all of its original paint and interior upholstery, it has been lovingly preserved. It has always been in the hands of meticulous, mindful collectors who clearly understand the significant of its original.

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No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

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