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1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet

  • Coachwork by Gangloff
  • Chassis Number: 57606/57699
  • Engine Number: 499
The creation of Ettore Bugatti's son, Jean, the Type 57 was the company's most successful road-going model, with over 700 built in total. Three years after its introduction - in 1937, Bugatti introduced the supercharged 57C model equipped with Roots-type compressor running at 1.17 times engine speed with 5-6 psi boost. With 160 horsepower and when fitted with lightweight bodywork, the Type 57C was capable of achieving nearly 120 mph. Production remained exclusive with 96 examples built new by the Molsheim factory.

This example began life as chassis number 57606 with a supercharged engine, no. 20C. In December 1937, it was shipped to the Colmar-based Carrosserie Gangloff in northeastern France, where it was given open four-seat Stelvio coachwork. The Bugatti was delivered in February 1938 through Alphonse Ervard & Houp, the Bugatti agent in Liège, Belgium, to its first private owner, M. Zurstrassen. During the early 1950s, it was owned by Romanian race car driver Georges Bouriano, who also owned a Type 57 Ventoux, chassis 57699. At some point, he switched the chassis plates between the two cars for unknown reasons. At the same time, the Ventoux's engine, no. 499, was installed in this Stelvio.

Mr. Bouriano sold the car to Jean de Dobbeleer of Brussels, Belgium, who later sold it to the United States through Gene Cesari of South Ryegate, Vermont, and eventually acquired by Edwin Rucker of Richmond, Virginia. In 1959, Mr. Rucker sold the Bugatti to Alden Sherman of Weston, Connecticut, who would retain the car for the next 60 years.

In the mid-1960s, Mr. Sherman commissioned Gus Reuter of Ridgefield, Connecticut, to restore the Bugatti. Upon completion, it wore a deep blue exterior paint scheme, complemented by a white sweep panel and front fenders. When the work was completed, Mr. Sherman participated in American Bugatti Club meetings as well as the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance on multiple occasions.

By Daniel Vaughan | May 2024

2024 Gooding : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $350,000-USD $450,000 
Sale Price :
USD $472,500

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 57C

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57C STELVIO Coachwork by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57606/57699
Sold for USD$472,500
  2024 Gooding : Amelia Island
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57C ATALANTE
Chassis#: 57767
Sold for USD$2,260,000
  2024 Gooding : Amelia Island
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster in the style of Gangloff
Chassis#: 57661
Sold for USD$841,000
  2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio
Chassis#: 57597
Sold for USD$786,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57 C cabriolet Gangloff
Chassis#: 57596
Sold for USD$1,112,232
  2019 Artcurial : Retroobile
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante
Chassis#: 57766
Sold for USD$2,805,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Convertible
Chassis#: 57748
Sold for USD$1,595,000
  2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Cabriolet by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57710
Sold for USD$2,337,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57597
Sold for USD$770,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupé
Chassis#: 57335
Sold for USD$923,287
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante
Chassis#: 57766
Sold for USD$2,035,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio
Chassis#: 57677
Sold for USD$1,292,500
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Drophead Coupé by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57716
Sold for USD$665,819
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Roadster
Chassis#: 57584
Sold for USD$429,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio
Chassis#: 57715
Sold for USD$719,444
  2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Coupe
Chassis#: 57335
Sold for USD$1,375,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Gangloff
Sold for USD$1,375,000
  2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti T57C Aravis Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 57736
Sold for USD$1,045,000
  2006 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1938 Bugatti T57C Atalante Coupe
Sold for USD$533,500
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 

Bugatti Type 57Cs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1938 Bugatti Type 57C's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante577672022 Bonhams : The Quail Auction $2,800,000$3,400,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Convertible577482022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours $1,300,000$1,700,000
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57C SPECIAL COUPÉ573352022 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris $1,600,000$2,000,000
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 C STELVIO CABRIOLET576782022 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris $800,000$1,200,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet576442020 Gooding & Company : Geared Online $1,300,000$1,600,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff577372020 RM Sothebys : Paris $1,000,000$1,200,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante577662015 RM Sotheby's NY Auction : Driven By Distruption $2,200,000$2,500,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe573352012 Bonhams Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood   
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Cäsar Schaffner Special Roadster57.584/57.5772012 Bonhams The Monaco Sale 'Les Grandes Marques à Monaco' $320,000$440,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante577662008 Automobiles of London$660,000$600,000$800,000

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