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1937 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster / 57617 Vehicle Information

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1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

1937 Bugatti Type 57 photograph

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Sold for $902,000 at 2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island.
This 1937 Bugatti Type 57C, serial number 57617, was built by Van Vooren and sold new to Monsieur Le Depute Jean Gapiaud of Paris. Originally constructed as cabriolet drop-head, it was modified by Van Vooren prior to delivery.

The car arrived at Van Vooren's shop on November 25th of 1937, to be dressed with a four-seater open body, which was built to design number 7495. The original owner was Jean Gapiand, the proprietor of a fence company and a local politician. Gapiand traded his Type 57 Ventoux, chassis number 57364, against the purchase of the new car, with the total cost being 70,000 French francs plus the value of the Ventoux. He took delivery of the completed car on January 31, 1938.

Gapiand sold this car in April of 1939, in favor of a 4.25-Litre Bentley. The Bugatti then moved to Paris, where it was registered as 2492 RM 7 until 1956. It was reported that the body and chassis were taken apart and hidden in Spain during World War II, and after the war, were brought back together.


Its first recorded post-war owner, Jean-Claude George, was a chemical engineer and sports car enthusiast who also owned a 300 SL Gullwing. During George's ownership, the car was serviced by Bugatti specialist Roger Teillac in Paris.

On April 9, 1956, George re-registered the Bugatti as 915 EV 75, due to his intention to sell it. It passed through two other known owners before being sold to Jean Serre, of Montebeliard, whose family handled many Bugattis during the 1950s and 1960s. Presumably, by this point, the original Vanvooren coachwork had been transferred to another chassis or lost, and the car emerged from the Serre hoard in the mid-1990s as a bare chassis. The car was brought to America in 1999 and into the care of Malcolm Pray. It was restored by Alan Taylor of Escondido, CA with the work being completed in 2006.

This Bugatti is powered by a 3.3-liter (198.8 cubic-inch) straight-eight engine, with dual overhead camshafts, a Roots Type supercharger, and Stromberg carburetors, developing 175 horsepower. The vehicle has a four-speed manual transmission, Rudge wire wheels with 18x5.50 inch tires, and a top speed of 120 mph.

Total production was 630.

The Bugatti Type 57 chassis with its 117.5-inch wheelbase and 170 horsepower straight 8-cylinder engine, lent itself to some of the most beautiful automobiles ever designed. It has won its class at Amelia Island, and Best of Show at both the Greenwich and Burn Foundation concours.

Chassis number 57617 has retained its original engine, number 16C, and supercharger, number 6S; while the gearbox, 38C, is from chassis number 57726, a supercharged Letourneur et Marchand Cabriolet. It is believed that the gearbox was exchanged in the 1950s, when the car was undergoing service in the Teillac garage.



2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $750,000-USD $900,000 
Sale Price :
USD $902,000

1937 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
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
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupe
Chassis#: 57345
Sold for USD$350,000
  2011 Mecum Auctions - Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux
Chassis#: 57664
Sold for USD$797,500
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  1937 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57 C ATALANTE
Chassis#: 57756
Sold for USD$797,366
  2011 Rétromobile
 
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57435
Sold for USD$446,813
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
 
1937 Bugatti type 57C Berline
Chassis#: 57477
Sold for USD$224,211
  2010 Bonhams - Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1937 Bugatti Type 57's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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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Bugatti Type 57 Vehicle Profiles
Atalante Coupe
Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe

Model Year: 1937
Profile
Atalante Coupe
Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Stelvio
Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1937

Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 57156
Engine Num: 48
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Ventoux Coupe
Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupe

Chassis Num: 57345
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Pillarless Sports Coupe
Bugatti Type 57 Pillarless Sports Coupe

Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: 57443
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Special Coupe
Bugatti Type 57 Special Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57517
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Ventoux Coupe
Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupe

Chassis Num: 57584
Engine Num: 507
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Ventoux Coupe
Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupe

Chassis Num: 57614
Engine Num: 429
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
Bugatti Type 57 Roadster

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 57617
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Atalante Coupe
Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57641
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Bugatti Type 57 Roadster

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 75542
Model Year: 1937
Profile

Aravis Drophead Coupe
Bugatti Type 57 Aravis Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1938
Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Stelvio Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Stelvio Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1938
Special Coupe
Bugatti Type 57 Special Coupe

Chassis Num: 57335
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Bugatti Type 57 Roadster

Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: 57584
Engine Num: C15
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History

Stelvio Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57597
Engine Num: 82 C
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
3 Position Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57 3 Position Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Letourner et Marchand
Chassis Num: 57644
Engine Num: 470
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Bugatti Type 57 Roadster

Chassis Num: 57661
Engine Num: 25C
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Stelvio Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57677
Engine Num: 31C
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Aravis Drophead Coupe
Bugatti Type 57 Aravis Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57710
Engine Num: 510
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Atalante Coupe
Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe

Chassis Num: 57766
Engine Num: C57
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History


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