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1938 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster

  • Chassis Number: 57601
Bugatti built 43 examples of the Type 57S and this example was delivered to Bugatti's Brixton Road agency in London, England, and purchased by Mr. G.D. Pearce-Jones of Oxshott. It then received a closed coupe body by English coachbuilder Corsica and was registered on June 7th of 1938. In 1948, Pearce-Jones sold the car to Anthony Clark. The car would subsequently pass through two owners before arriving in the custodianship of Daniel Richmond. A road accident in 1952 bent the frame, so the Bugatti was dismantled and stored for rebuilding at a later date. More tragedy followed in 1964 when the building storing the parts caught fire, causing further damage. Mr. Richmond gave the remains to Ronnie Symondson, who since 1938 was the owner of another Type 57S and had an extensive supply of original parts.

The bent chassis was straightened and a new front cross-member was sourced from the factory. The engine was given an unused factory cylinder block, with a Le Mans-type crankshaft, and a correct-type crankcase, stamped 3S, from a separate Type 57S then under Mr. Richmond's ownership (chassis 57375). A more modern coil ignition was installed, along with Hepolite pistons providing a 9:1 compression ratio. The original Stromberg carburetor was replaced with a Bugatti unit, and All-new timing gears were installed, along with engine mountings, transmission gears, and shafts.

Wakefields & Sons of Byfleet, Surrey was commissioned to construct a body with styling contemporary to the late 1960s.

Devoid of paint, the Bugatti made its restoration debut at the Bugatti Owners Club race meeting at Thruxton on October 27th, 1968.

A.J. McAlpine acquired the Bugatti in 1972 and over the next decade, the Bugatti was shown and used sparingly. Brian Classic became its next caretaker in 1984 and decided that new coachwork should be built for the Type 57S. Jack Buddey was hired to build the Col. Gilles Corsica Roadster-inspired coachwork which currently rests atop the vehicle's chassis. Several differences were added to differentiate the two vehicles; 57601 was given a tail and fenders similar to those of Gangloff coachwork.

Oscar Davis acquired the Bugatti in 1998 and it has been part of his collection ever since.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2022

2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $750,000-USD $900,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,105,000

1938 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 57

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Bugatti Type 57S Roadster in the style of Corsica
Chassis#: 57601
Sold for USD$1,105,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe
Chassis#: 57641
Sold for USD$1,765,000
  2021 Worldwide Auctioneers : The 14th Annual Auburn Auction
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by D'Ieteren
Chassis#: 57589
Sold for USD$1,655,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57 image  1938 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 57589
Sold for USD$1,413,878
  2015 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57 image  1938 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster
Chassis#: 57661
Sold for USD$671,000
  2015 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
Chassis#: 57701
Sold for USD$539,168
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Cabriolet by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57569
Sold for USD$962,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1938 Bugatti Type 57 image  1938 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 COACH VENTOUX
Sold for USD$481,040
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 COACH VENTOUX
Sold for USD$692,888
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57569
Sold for USD$693,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1938 Bugatti Type 57 image  1938 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe
Sold for USD$682,000
  2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57 image  1938 Bugatti Type 57 image  

Bugatti Type 57s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1938 Bugatti Type 57's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupé576332020 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $1,500,000$1,800,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Vanvooren29402018 Artcurial : Retromobile $650,000$950,000
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 STELVIO577152014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction $1,100,000$1,300,000
1938 Bugatti T57 Stelvio574502007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona$410,000$450,000$550,000
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 FOUR DOOR SEDAN 2003 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $160,000$190,000

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1938 Bugatti Type 57

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1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 57601
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Monoposto
Chassis #: 57410
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Drophead
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 57587
Engine #: 458
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio Cabriolet
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57569
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Drophead
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 57567
Engine #: 57567
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57633-463
Engine #: 463
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Monoposto
Chassis #: 57478
Engine #: 354
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: D'Ieteren
Chassis #: 57589
Engine #: 464
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Drophead
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 57649
Engine #: 466

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