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1939 Bugatti Type 57


Chassis number : 57787

Bugatti 1939 Bugatti Type 57 History Specifications
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High bid of $375,000 at 2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions. (did not sell)
High bid of $380,000 at 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island. (did not sell)
Sold for $503,611 (£308,000) at 2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London.
The Bugatti Type 57 was produced from 1934 through 1939 and was designed to compete with other luxurious road-going models such as the Delahaye and Delage. The development was heavily influenced by the son of Ettore Bugatti, Jean Bugatti. Mounted under the bonnet was a 3.3-liter, dual overhead camshaft straight eight which could be fitted into two high-performance chassis, the Standard and the Sport. The Sport chassis was lower and designed for greater performance. The engine had an optional Roots-Type supercharger - those vehicles fitted with this option were designated the 57C.

The Series II Type 57s were built from 1936 until 1938. These had rubber-mounted engines, a redesigned crankcase, up-rated camshafts and engine timing, and a reinforced chassis. For 1939, the Type 57 was built to Series III specifications which added Lockheed-Bugatti hydraulic brakes and twin master cylinders. Prior cars had cable-actuated mechanical brakes. The Hartford friction dampers and the self-adjusting DeRam units were replaced with Aliquant independent hydraulic shocks.

With the supercharger, the engine was capable of 200 to 220 brake horsepower. Depending on the coachwork, the Bugatti Type 57C was capable of speeds of 130 mph.

This 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Faux Cabriolet 'Charmaine' is chassis number 57787. Its first owner was William P. Harges, a wealthy American living in England. It was given its coachwork by James Young of Bromley. Mr. Harges took possession of the car in March of 1939 by the London Bugatti agent, Jack Barclay Ltd. Shortly thereafter, the Germans entered France making this one of the last cars to leave.

This vehicle has a sliding sunroof. Though it appears that the roof might fold down, this is not the case. The Faux Cabriolet bodystyle meant it actually had a fixed roof section. Another interesting feature is the thin windshield pillars which gave the driver better visibility and offered the sense of 'openness.' There are dual side-mounts though one does not contain a tire; rather, it contains a toolbox. The rear passengers were treated to a folding picnic tray. Seating for the passengers was very elegant and comfortable; the seats resembled armchairs. The three-quarter top gave them added privacy.

The car was in Mr. Harges care for only a short period of time before it became the property of Colonel Godfrey Giles, President of the Bugatti Owners' Club. The car was traded for a 1938 Type 57SC Corsica-bodied roadster which he called 'La Petite Suzanne.'

Colonel Giles gave his newest Bugatti the nickname 'Charmaine.' Giles, though very much taken with the car, did not own it for long. Its next owner was the Hon. Dorothy Paget, daughter of Lord Queenborough and Pauline Payne Whitney. The next owner was three-time consecutive LeMans winner, 'Blue Train' owner and former Bentley Motors owner and chairman, Woolf 'Babe' Barnato. Next, it was owned by Geoffrey Battersby who sold it to Mr. R. Newsholme, then Alan Haworth. Mr. Haworth retained the car for thirty years.

The next owner was Terry Cohn who had the car mechanically serviced by a Bugatti specialist, and then brought it to the United States during the early 1990s. The next and present owner is a prominent Colorado collector.

Currently, the cars odometer reads just 55,000 miles and the patina on the James Young Faux Cabriolet coachwork is still exceptional. The interior tan leather is also in great condition. During its lifespan, some of the exterior trim and paintwork has been done, but the restoration work has been kept to a minimum to preserve its originality.

In 2008, this vehicle was offered for sale at the 'Sports & Classics of Monterey' presented by RM Auctions where it had an estimated value of $600,000 - 750,000. The lot was sold for $375,000 including buyer's premium and falling well below its estimated value.

In 2009, this Type 57C was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Amelia Island auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $550,000 - $750,000. Bidding reached $380,000 but was not enough to satisfy the vehicle's reserve. The lot was left unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009

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2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London

Pre-Auction Estimates :
£275,000-£400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $503,611 (£ 308,000.00)

2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $550,000-USD $750,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $380,000

2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $600,000-USD $750,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $375,000

1939 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 57

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57769
Sold for USD$577,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Special Cabriolet by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57798
Sold for USD$1,545,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet in the style of Corsica
Chassis#: 57838
Sold for USD$527,500
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1939 BUGATTI TYPE 57 GALIBIER
Chassis#: 57752
Sold for USD$434,000
  2022 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island Auction
1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  1939 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1939 Bugatti 57 Cabriolet 4 places par Vanvooren
Chassis#: 57780
Sold for USD$575,368
  2020 Artcurial Motorcars : Monaco
 
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#: 57624
Sold for USD$880,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
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#: 57749
Sold for USD$1,930,000
  2004 Bonhams - MOTOR CARS
 

Bugatti Type 57s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1939 Bugatti Type 57's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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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1939 Bugatti Type 57 Profiles

1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Aravis Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57710
Engine #: 46C
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio Convertible
Coachwork: Gangloff
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Voll & Ruhrbeck Roadster
Coachwork: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis #: 57819
Engine #: 90C
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Galibier Saloon
Chassis #: 57752
Engine #: 57476 19C
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio Convertible
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57834
Engine #: 103C
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
3 Position Drophead
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 57809
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Faux Cabriolet
Coachwork: James Young
Chassis #: 57787
Engine #: C66
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante Coupe
Chassis #: 57624
Engine #: 448
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Galibier Saloon
Chassis #: 57806C
Engine #: 87C
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Aravis Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57768
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio Convertible
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57786
Engine #: 19C.V.
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Vanvooren
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Saoutchik
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio Convertible
Coachwork: Gangloff
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vanvooren
Chassis #: 57808
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
3 Position Drophead
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 57841
Engine #: 109C
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
3 Position Drophead
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 57587
Engine #: 458
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57818
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio Convertible
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57769
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Aravis Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57798
Engine #: 431
1939 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 57838
Engine #: 105C