1939 Bugatti Type 57 3 Position Drophead / 57841 Vehicle Information

1939 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1939 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1939 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1939 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1939 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1939 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1939 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1939 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

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Sold for $1,512,500 at 2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
Jean Bugatti introduced his Type 57 in 1934 and it quickly became one of the very best sporting chassis available. It featured a gearbox that was fixed to the crankcase and serviced by a single-plate clutch, with the top three gears in constant mesh. This was the first time Bugatti used this type of configuration. The chassis featured a hollow-tube live front axle which housed a dual overhead camshaft eight-cylinder engine. The powerplant featured a slim squared-off block, angular machined cam covers, and meticulously fabricated ancillaries. The cams were driven by a set of helical-toothed gears, the long crankshaft was supported by five main bearings, and finger cam followers minimized side thrust on the valve stems.

A supercharged model, named the Type 57C, was added to the lineup in 1936. These models featured a stiffer frame, rubber-mounted engine, and a Roots-type compressor driven off the camshaft drive at the rear of the engine, running at 1.17 times engine speed. With a five-to-six psi boost, the engine offered 160 horsepower.

This particular example is a late production Type 57C. It was manufactured in Molsheim, France, in August 1939. It has a supercharged engine, number 109C, but the chassis was not initially stamped with a number, as sales of new Bugattis had stopped because of the fear of hostilities due to the onset of World War II. In 1940, like many other French businesses, the Bugatti factory was ordered to relocate.

Bugatti left for Bordeaux and was ordered to manufacture airplane parts. At the time, this was still an unnumbered chassis, and was included in the move. In 1941, it was listed as 'New Chassis, Engine 109C' at the Bugatti premises on the Boulevard Alfred Daney in Bordeaux. Later that year, it was returned to Alsace, as the Germans occupied France and expropriated the Bugatti factory there.

Near the close of 1941, Robert Diebolt acquired the chassis/engine 109C, which had then been given number 57841. This was the final Type 57 chassis number assigned.

Mr. Diebolt hid the car near his castle in Oberhausbergen for the remainder of the war.

After the war, in 1949, Robert Diebolt's son Michel removed the chassis from storage and got it running. The bodiless chassis was given wooden seats, and Robert Diebolt managed to register the car with so-called 'practice plates.'

On September 24, 1955, the car was officially registered with plate 2 DB 67.

Later in 1956, Mr. Diebolt came across came across one of the original eight cabriolet bodies built on the Type 57 chassis by the coachbuilder Letourneur et Marchand in 1938–1939. It is believed that body number 2951 had been mounted on Type 57 chassis 57645, from which it had just been separated when Mr. Diebolt found it. The body was then fitted to chassis 57841. At some point after the installation, 57841 was given the new upper-inlet supercharger with a downdraft carburetor.

Mr. Diebolt sold the completed car in 1957 to D. Glöckner, an American military officer stationed in the Frankfurt area in Germany. It is believed the Mr. Glöckner had the car brought to the United States. By 1962, it is believed to have been sold to Oliver C. Schmidt, in Northbrook, Illinois. In the early 1970s, Mr. Schmidt sold the 57C to Carlton Coolidge, who passed it on to Dr. Lawrence Arnstein in Atherton, California, later in the decade.

The current caretaker acquired the car in 1986.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2017


2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,500,000-USD $2,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,512,500

1939 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57731
Sold for USD$875,938
  2020 RM : The European Sale featuring the Petitjean Collection
 
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57834
Sold for USD$797,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1939 Bugatti Type 57C coupé Atalante
Chassis#: 57624
Sold for USD$3,556,420
  2018 Artcurial : Retromobile
1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57841
Sold for USD$1,512,500
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1939 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis#: 57587
Sold for USD$1,017,500
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1939 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57731
Sold for USD$746,704
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monaco
 
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 57809
Sold for USD$913,000
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Faux Cabriolet 'Charmaine'
Chassis#: 57787
Sold for USD$503,611
  2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1939 Bugatti Type 57C
Chassis#: 57806C
Sold for USD$396,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1939 Bugatti Type 57C
Chassis#: 57624
Sold for USD$880,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1939 Bugatti Type 57C
Chassis#: 57749
Sold for USD$1,930,000
  2004 Bonhams - MOTOR CARS
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1939 Bugatti Type 57's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1939 Bugatti 57 Cabriolet 4 places par Vanvooren577802020 Artcurial Motorcars : Monaco $600,000$800,000
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet578362020 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $1,350,000$1,650,000
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Galibier577522009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company $275,000$350,000
1939 Bugatti Type 57C 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island$380,000$550,000$750,000
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Faux Cabriolet Charmaine577872008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions$375,000$600,000$750,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1934 Rumble Seat Convertible
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1934 Stelvio
Coachbuilder: Gangloff

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1934 Aravis Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Paul Nee
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1934 Aerolithe
Chassis Num: 57104

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1934 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: 57169
Engine Num: 101

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1935 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bertelli
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1935 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Binder

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1935 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: 57236

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1935 Grand Raid Roadster
Coachbuilder: Worblaufen
Chassis Num: 57260

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1936 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Binder
Chassis Num: 57295
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57SC
1936 Roadster
Chassis Num: 57374

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1936 Atalante
Chassis Num: 57386
Engine Num: 281
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1936 Stelvio
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57395
Engine Num: 57395

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1936 Pillarless Coupe
Coachbuilder: Paul Nee
Chassis Num: 57397
Engine Num: 276
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1936 Atalante
Chassis Num: 57401
Engine Num: 54C

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1936 Stelvio
Chassis Num: 57406
Engine Num: 286
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1936 Racer
Chassis Num: 57416

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1936 Stelvio
Chassis Num: 57442
Engine Num: 57442
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1936 Two-Light Ventoux Coupe
Chassis Num: 57469
Engine Num: 350

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57SC
1936 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Crosthwaite & Gardiner
Chassis Num: 57492
Engine Num: 9S

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1938 Monoposto
Chassis Num: 57410
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1938 Monoposto
Chassis Num: 57478
Engine Num: 354

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1938 Drophead
Chassis Num: 57567
Engine Num: 57567
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1938 Stelvio Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57569

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1938 Drophead
Chassis Num: 57587
Engine Num: 458
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: D'Ieteren
Chassis Num: 57589
Engine Num: 464

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1938 Atalante Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57633-463
Engine Num: 463
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1938 Drophead
Chassis Num: 57649
Engine Num: 466

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Stelvio Convertible
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Stelvio Convertible
Coachbuilder: Gangloff

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 3 Position Drophead
Chassis Num: 57587
Engine Num: 458
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Atalante Coupe
Chassis Num: 57624
Engine Num: 448

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Aravis Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57710
Engine Num: 46C
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Galibier Saloon
Chassis Num: 57752
Engine Num: 57476 19C

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Aravis Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57768
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Stelvio Convertible
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57786
Engine Num: 19C.V.

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Faux Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: 57787
Engine Num: C66
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Aravis Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57798

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Galibier Saloon
Chassis Num: 57806C
Engine Num: 87C
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 57808

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Voll & Ruhrbeck Roadster
Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis Num: 57819
Engine Num: 90C

Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 Stelvio Convertible
Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57834
Engine Num: 103C
Chassis information for the Bugatti Type 57
1939 3 Position Drophead
Chassis Num: 57841
Engine Num: 109C

1939 Bugatti Type 57

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