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1939 Bugatti Type 57


Chassis number : 57624

Bugatti 1939 Bugatti Type 57 History Specifications
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Sold for $880,000 at 2008 Gooding & Company.
Sold for $3,556,420 (€2,903,200) at 2018 Artcurial : Retromobile.
From 1937 through 1940, there were 95 examples of the Type 57C produced. The original names for Jean Bugatti's cars were originally sourced from the Alpine passes (Stelvio, Galibier, Ventoux); it is unclear why he ventured away from this naming scheme. Perhaps the most striking was the Atalante Coupe, with its beautiful streamlined bodywork and its dramatic shape that appeared to have been shaped by the wind.

The Atalante was unveiled in April of 1935. It was a breathtaking vehicle with one of its key features being the lack of running boards.

This 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe was delivered in naturally aspirated form on April 4th of 1938 to one of Bugatti's Sechaud agents in Geneva, Switzerland. The first owner is unknown; the second owner was the renowned collector Monsieur Charles Renaud of Neuchatel. By this point in history (around the early 1950s), it had been upgraded to C specifications by the factory in Molsheim.

In the early 1960s, it was in the United States, owned by Michael Strater in Berkeley, California. The car was later purchased by Dr. Peter and Susan Williamson, who commissioned Bunny Phillips to begin a complete restoration. Additional work was performed by Don Lefferts during the 1990s.

The car is finished in red with a black accent and brown leather interior. The car has benefited from several modern upgrades including hydraulic brakes and a rubber-mounted engine. The body is number 25 which can be found throughout the vehicle.

In 2008, this extremely rare Type 57C Atalante Coupe was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA. It was estimated to sell for $900,000 - $1,200,000 and offered without a reserve. It was sold for a staggering $880,000, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009

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2018 Artcurial : Retromobile

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€3,000,000-€3,500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $3,556,420 (€ 2,903,200.00)

2008 Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $900,000-USD $1,200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $880,000

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