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1937 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe

  • Designed by Jean Bugatti
  • Chassis Number: 57557
  • Engine Number: 409
  • Body Number: 20
  • Registration Number: 8244 RL 2
The Bugatti Type 57 was produced from 1934 to 1940, with a total of 710 examples built. Power was from a twin-cam, 3.3-liter inline 8-cylinder engine from the Type 59 Grand Prix cars, offering 135 horsepower in naturally aspirated configuration. With a Roots-Type supercharger installed, output rose to 160 horsepower. Cars in this configuration were known as the Type 57C.

Many Bugatti automobiles were influenced and, in many cases, designed by Ettore Bugatti's son, Jean, including the Type 57. The styling of the Atalante coupe featured a distinctive curved beltline molding, a favorite design touch of Jean, and a roofline that swept up from a sharply raked windshield. The design was first presented in French newspapers in the spring of 1935, with the first ten examples described as Faux Cabriolets before the name Atalante was embraced. Approximately thirty-three examples of the Atalante by any name were produced between April 1935 and December 1938.

This 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante was ordered on May 20, 1937, and completed on August 13. Upon completion, it wore a black exterior with brown velvet upholstery. Its headlights were mounted between the radiator shell and the crowns of the front fenders, and a spare wheel and tire were concealed fully within the tail rather than in the typical Atalante position set down into the surface of the rear deck.

The car's original owner was Baron Louis Sers of Paris, France. It was registered in the summer of 1937 with Parisian plate '8244 RL 2,' and remained with its first owner until May 1939, when he traded it on a used Vanvooren-bodied coupe. A month later, it was sold to Roger Morand of Paris, and it is believed that the present supercharger, numbered 57, was likely installed in this period.

Mr. Morand passed away in 1945, and the Bugatti was sold around this time but remained in storage in Paris until resurfacing, still with its original registration, in 1955. It was purchased by Gaston Docime, who kept it briefly before selling it to international Bugatti traders Jean de Dobbeleer and Gene Cesari, who in turn sold it to Marland F. Langley of Concord, New Hampshire, in 1957. Mr. Langley later sold the Bugatti to Jim Stickley, then of Brookline, Massachusetts, who sold it through Ed Jurist's Vintage Car Store in Nyack, New York, to Christopher Owen. While in Mr. Owen's care, the Bugatti was given some restoration work before it was sold in 1979 to Thomas Perkins of Belvedere, California. Mr. Perkins had the car completely restored by Phil Reilly and Company, then was judged First in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1981.

When the Bugatti was sold into new ownership, the car moved to Japan where it remained in a collection for fifteen years. In 2004 it returned across the Pacific to the United States and was purchased by J. Peter Ministrelli of Detroit, Michigan. After owning the car for two years, it was sold to John O'Quinn, from whom it was bought by the Academy of Art University in August 2009.

The Bugatti was shown at the San Francisco International Auto Show in 2009 and several times at Western concours d'elegance.

Along with the restoration by Phil Reilly, it was cosmetically re-freshened in the early 2000s by the former Alan Taylor & Co. Currently, it has 19,911 miles.

This Bugatti has its original chassis plate, the original front axle stamped 809, and the original engine with its original chassis and engine number stampings. The cam boxes, however, are not original and were replaced during the early 1950s. An original Stromberg UUR2 carburetor is fitted, and the Scintilla generator box retains its original tag. The gearbox casing is also marked 409, as is the rear axle. Many of the body panels are stamped with their original number 20.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2023

2023 Broad Arrow : Monterey Jet Center

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,750,000-USD $2,250,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,325,000

2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $700,000-USD $1,100,000 
Sale Price :
USD $880,000

1937 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 57

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
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
 
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  

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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