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1937 Bugatti Type 57


Chassis number : 57584

Bugatti 1937 Bugatti Type 57 History Specifications
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Sold for $467,500 at 2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction.
Sold for $528,000 at 2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey.
Sold for $797,500 at 2011 RM Auctions at Monterey.
Sold for $800,000 at 2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona.
Ask someone to describe a classic pre-war car and it wouldn't be at all surprising if the resulting characterization would look strikingly like a Type 57 Bugatti. Furthermore, show he or she the Ventoux and prepare to hear 'that's it!'

France is famous for many things, art being one of them. And, throughout the early part of the 20th century it was the home to some of the most distinctive and beautiful automobiles the world had ever seen. There was Delage, Talbot-Lago, Delahaye and many others, and yet, eclipsing them all would be a car manufacturer located in Molsheim by the name of Bugatti.

Bugatti's Type 57 chassis would become famous in the 1930s. It would serve as the foundation for many hand-built pieces of mechanical artwork. Chassis 57584 would be just such an example. This Ventoux would be completed in October of 1937 and would be fitted soon thereafter with its Ventoux coachwork.

Records indicate that this chassis was then taken to Paris where it served as the Bugatti demonstrator for the 1937 Paris Auto Show. The car would not been recorded as having been seen on display, and therefore, it is suggested the car was actually used as a practical demonstrator for potential clients.

Following the show, the car would return to the factory and would be used by none other than Pierre Veyron as a demonstrator car. Then, in February of 1938 the car would be registered with a Mr. Bierlein. Things would get a little muddled as a result of the Second World War, but, in 1950, the car would be found in Paris owned by an Albert Hervey. Hervey owned a couple of Type 57 Bugattis at the time and he would end up selling 57584 to American artist, Kenneth Hassrick. Hassrick would be in Europe at the time as a student, but he too would come to own a number of Type 57s.

The car would transfer from Hassrick to W. Hudson Mills shortly after Hassrick arrived back in the United States. While with Mills, 57584 would undergo restoration work. The entire car would be completely rebuilt. Unfortunately, following this restoration there would be a great deal of confusion as to the identity of this particular Bugatti. For years the car would be identified by the chassis plate that had been affixed, which happened to be 57664. This was not correct, but the situation would only be rectified here recently. So, for many years, 57584 would be known as another.

More than a couple of artists would come to own the Bugatti throughout the 1970s and '80s. Then, toward the end of the 1980s, the car would find its way back to Europe where it would remain for more than a few years. It would be during this time the car would be restored to concours quality by Ivan Dutton Ltd. located in Buckinghamshire, England. Work completed, the car would begin to make regular appearances at concours. Back in the United States and the property of Bruce Meyer, the 37 Ventoux would make an appearance at the 1998 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. This would be the first year of the Tour d'Elegance and the Bugatti would be one of those to make that inaugural trip up the coast.

Leaving Meyer's collection in 2007, the Bugatti would end up in the hands of Judge Joseph Cassini III. The Ventoux would take up residence in Cassini's impressive collection for almost half a decade before it passed to its current owner.

Legendary, the Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux draws admirers throughout the generations. This would be reflected heading into the 2015 RM Auctions event in Arizona. Scheduled to cross the block on Thursday, January 15th, the car was drawing estimates from between $800,000 and $1,000,000.

By Jeremy McMullen
Sold for $467,500 at 2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction.
Sold for $528,000 at 2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey.
Sold for $797,500 at 2011 RM Auctions at Monterey.
Sold for $800,000 at 2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona.
The Bugatti Type 57 was both beautiful and powerful and provided cash-flow for the Bugatti Company during a difficult economical time in history. It was introduced in 1934 and quickly grew a reputation for low noise and vibration from the engine. The engine is a 3.3-liter engine capable of producing 135 horsepower. There were four-bodystyles offered and their names were in honor of the Alps mountain peaks, the Galibier, Stelvio and Ventoux. The Ventoux body style had seating for four and two doors. Its design, such as raked windshield, was borrowed heavily from the Type 50. All of the Ventoux bodystyles were created in-house, by Jean Bugatti. Most of the Stelvio bodystyles were outsourced to custom coachbuilders.

A second series was introduced in 1936 and featured a redesigned chassis which accommodated a more flexible engine mounting system.

The 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux was offered for sale at the 2006 RM Auction in Monterey, CA where it was estimated to sell between $400,000-$500,000. Since new, it has been treated to a body-off restoration to concours quality. The work was done by Ivan Dutton Ltd of England for the cost of $450,000. It was shown at the 1998 Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance and was awarded the first ever 'Elegance in Motion Trophy' by the judges.

On auction day the vehicle was sold for $467,500 including buyer's premium.

It was later brought to the Vintage Motor Cars sale at Hershey, PA presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $450,000 - $550,00. The lot was sold for $528,000 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007

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2020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $700,000-USD $850,000 
Lot was not sold

2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $800,000-USD $1,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $800,000

2011 RM Auctions at Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $600,000-USD $750,000 
Sale Price :
USD $797,500

2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $450,000-USD $550,000 
Sale Price :
USD $528,000

2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $400,000-USD $500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $467,500

1937 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 57

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
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  
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
 

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 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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1937 Bugatti Type 57 Profiles

1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante Coupe
Designer: Jean Bugatti
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Ventoux Coupe
Chassis #: 57584
Engine #: 507
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Vanvooren
Chassis #: 57617
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Ventoux Coupe
Chassis #: 57614
Engine #: 429
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Vanvooren
Chassis #: 75542
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57641
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Pillarless Sports Coupe
Coachwork: Hermann Graber
Chassis #: 57443
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 57156
Engine #: 48
1937 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Special Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57517
Engine #: 7C