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1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

  • Chassis Number: 57156
  • Engine Number: 48
This Bugatti Type 57 currently wears a Cabriolet body by an unknown coachbuilder. It was assembled in June of 1934 for a Belgian customer named Frederic Deflandre. It had chassis number 57156 and engine number 48, which it retains in modern times. On June 29th of 1934, it was given a four-door sedan Galibier body by Bugatti and delivered through Parisian agents Bucar the same day.

The car was rebuilt for Mr. Deflandre by the factory in 1936. It received an updated second-series frame of the same chassis number, and retained the engine number 48. The car remained with Mr. Deflandre until April 1938, at which point it is believed to have been traded to the Belgian coachbuilder's d'Leteren toward a new body for his new Bugatti.

A local Belgian coachbuilder then produced a new two-passenger cabriolet body for 57156, however, the identity of the shop has never been conclusively established. It may have been the work of d'Ietern themselves, or possibly Paul Nee.

During this time, the car also received modifications to the latest specifications, including the installation of hydraulic brakes.

The car remained in Antwerp for many years, later being acquired by Bugatti dealer Jean de Dobbeleer. Mr. de Dobbeleer claimed that the car had been traded in by a priest, Abbé Dubois de Sévry, to whom it had been donated by a Mr. Cadans.

In 1955, the car was exported to the United States by Gene Cesari for Porsche dealer Jack Fritsche, passing next to Al Wall and, in 1958, to Joseph Fine of Silver Spring, Maryland. Mr. Fine began restoring the Bugatti but in the 1960s, the work was not finished, and the dismantled car remained on his property until his death in 2003. It was then sold by his widow and acquired by the current caretaker. Since that time, the restoration has been completed.

During the restoration, the car was redesigned with new fenders, door skins, hood, and trim. It also received a wine basket and fitted luggage, along with a Type 57C-style dashboard.

This car has been shown at the Amelia Island Concours on several occasions. It has also been shown at the La Jolla Concours, where it was judged Best of Show Pre-war in 2013; and Keels and Wheels, where it received the People's Choice award in 2014. Further, it has been a First Prize winner (no. 3176) in Classic Car Club of America National judging.

By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2017

2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $650,000-USD $800,000 
Sale Price :
USD $582,500

2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $650,000-USD $800,000 
Sale Price :
USD $665,000

2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,200,000-USD $1,500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $572,000

1937 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 57

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57 GALIBIER
Chassis#: 57535
Sold for USD$179,200
  2024 Gooding & Co: Selections From The Mullin Collection Auction
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante
Chassis#: 57557
Sold for USD$1,325,000
  2023 Broad Arrow : Monterey Jet Center
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Vanvooren Roadster
Chassis#: 57742
Sold for USD$1,132,500
  2023 Broad Arrow Group : Amelia Island
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57C VENTOUX
Chassis#: 57517
Sold for USD$940,000
  2022 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57156
Sold for USD$582,500
  2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57156
Sold for USD$665,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Surbaisse 3.3-Litre Four-Seat Sports Grand Routier Dulcie
Chassis#: 57503
Sold for USD$5,634,922
  2021 Bonhams : Legends of the Road
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet par Graber
Chassis#: 57500
Sold for USD$569,680
  2019 Artcurial : Retroobile
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Pillarless Sports Coupe
Chassis#: 57443
Sold for USD$360,434
  2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57156
Sold for USD$572,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux coach usine
Chassis#: 57547
Sold for USD$474,143
  2016 Artcurial : LeMans Classic
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57
Chassis#: 57579
Sold for USD$339,440
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux
Chassis#: 57584
Sold for USD$800,000
  2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57467
Sold for USD$985,376
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Roadster in the style of Figoni et Falaschi
Chassis#: 57617
Sold for USD$902,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
Chassis#: 57524
Sold for USD$420,029
  2013 RM Auctions - VILLA ERBA
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
Chassis#: 57345
Sold for USD$451,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57467
Sold for USD$978,670
  2012 RM Auctions - London
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57435
Sold for USD$477,848
  2011 RM Auctions - London
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 57380
Sold for USD$264,402
  2011 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, Collectors' Motor Cars
 

Bugatti Type 57s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1937 Bugatti Type 57's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster574952023 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $280,000$340,000
1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57C VENTOUX575062022 Gooding & Company : London Auction $800,000$1,200,000
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux575842020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey $700,000$850,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe576412019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Riyadh Auction$2,800,000  
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Pillarless Sports Coupe574432017 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours $400,000$480,000
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Pillarless Sports Coupe574432017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ $500,000$600,000
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux 2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook$390,000$475,000$575,000
1937 Bugatti Type 57575462008 Bonhams Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles Automobiles d'Exception $350,000$450,000
1937 Bugatti T57 Stelvio574402008 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$395,000$450,000$550,000
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club $265,000$300,000
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Sports Saloon575482005 Bonhams Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars, F1 Memorabilia, Automobilia & Models $160,000$200,000
1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57 C ATALANTE DECOUVRABLE 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$550,000  

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