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1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe / 57335 Vehicle Information

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

1938 Bugatti Type 57C photograph

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Sold for $1,375,000 at 2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company.
Sold for $923,287 (€690,000) at 2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais.
This 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe was formerly the property of Ettore Bugatti. It is among the most unique, intriguing, and special Bugatti's ever created. It has frame number 278, blown Type 57 engine, a four-speed gearbox and rear end, all numbered 486. It originally had chassis number 57335, which was once assigned to an earlier Bugatti. Bugatti constructed a Type 57 Torpedo for the Paris-Nice rally in 1936 but the car was destroyed. Later, the factory reissued the chassis number, a common practice for the firm throughout the late 1930s. The company was under serious financial duress during this period and every measure was taken to economize the company. One of the benefits of reusing the chassis number was to avoid taxation on a new chassis number. Chassis number 57335 had originally been registered to Ettore Bugatti, so the decision to assign the number to a new car designed for his use was appropriate.

The coachwork on this Type 57C was designed by Jean Bugatti, and is believed to be the last design penned by Jean Bugatti to have been constructed. When new, the car had a two-piece glass roof. This car may have even been presented to Ettore Bugatti by the workers at the factory as a birthday gift.

It is believed that 57335 was used by Ettore Bugatti during 1938 and 1939. It was also a works owned factory demonstrator that was used by many of the prominent figures including Mr. Peigues and Bugatti racing team driver Jean-Pierre Wimille.

With the onset of World War II and the German invasion of France, the car was driven from the factory to a safe location by factory driver Robert Benoist. When peace time resumed, the car returned to Molsheim where it was often used by Pierre Marco, the Director General for Bugatti. Even after the passing of Ettore Bugatti in 1947, the car remained in the care of the factory until 1959.

The car was fitted with special components prior to leaving the factory care. It has a three-spoke steering wheel, sourced from a Type 1010 with the EB insignia. The problematic glass roof was replaced with a special fabric roof. There are Lockheed hydraulic brakes, a feature not found on any other Type 57. It has a radio set, aftermarket heater and greasing points. There are rubber engine mounts, and Rudge-Whitworth wire wheels.

On January 31st of 1959, the car was sold to Belgian Bugatti distributor Jean de Dobbeleer. Before being sent to Belgium, it was fitted with engine number 340, the same that can be found under its bonnet in modern time. The engine has a unique downdraft carburetor, top inlet manifold and a different supercharger from the type fitted to a standard Type 57.

The next owner of the car was Lyman Greenlee, who purchased the car in 1959, although it was until 1960 that he took delivery of the car. The car was placed into storage and seldom used. Just prior to his death in 1973, Mr. Greenlee sold the car to William Howell of Oklahoma City. The current owner of the car purchased it in 1983.

The car remains in its original, unrestored condition. It is one of the most authentic Bugattis still in existence. It was shown in 1985 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegnace, the same year all six Royales were reunited. 57335 was not judged at Pebble Beach, in respect to the prior owners requests. In 2009, the car was shown at the Meadow Brook Concours, but again it was not entered to be judged.

The car has an inline 8-cylinder engine with a single Weber downdraft carburetor generating 160 horsepower at 5000 RPM. The transmission is a four-speed Cotal electromagnetic gearbox.

In 2009, this unique car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA. The car was purchased for the sum of $1.375 million USD inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2010



2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais

Sale Price :
USD $923,287 (€690,000.00)

2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood

Lot was not sold

2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company

Sale Price :
USD $1,375,000

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio
Chassis#: 57597
Sold for USD$786,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57 C cabriolet Gangloff
Chassis#: 57596
Sold for USD$1,112,232
  2019 Artcurial : Retroobile
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante
Chassis#: 57766
Sold for USD$2,805,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Convertible
Chassis#: 57748
Sold for USD$1,595,000
  2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Cabriolet by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57710
Sold for USD$2,337,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57597
Sold for USD$770,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupé
Chassis#: 57335
Sold for USD$923,287
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante
Chassis#: 57766
Sold for USD$2,035,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio
Chassis#: 57677
Sold for USD$1,292,500
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Drophead Coupé by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57716
Sold for USD$665,819
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Roadster
Chassis#: 57584
Sold for USD$429,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio
Chassis#: 57715
Sold for USD$719,444
  2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Coupe
Chassis#: 57335
Sold for USD$1,375,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Gangloff
Sold for USD$1,375,000
  2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  1938 Bugatti Type 57C image  
1938 Bugatti T57C Aravis Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 57736
Sold for USD$1,045,000
  2006 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1938 Bugatti T57C Atalante Coupe
Sold for USD$533,500
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Bugatti Type 57C's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet576442020 Gooding & Company : Geared Online $1,300,000$1,600,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff577372020 RM Sothebys : Paris $1,000,000$1,200,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante577662015 RM Sotheby's NY Auction : Driven By Distruption $2,200,000$2,500,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe573352012 Bonhams Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood   
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Cäsar Schaffner Special Roadster57.584/57.5772012 Bonhams The Monaco Sale 'Les Grandes Marques à Monaco' $320,000$440,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante577662008 Automobiles of London$660,000$600,000$800,000

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Bugatti Type 57C Vehicle Profiles
Atalante Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe

Model Year: 1937
Profile
Atalante Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Stelvio
Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1937

Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 57156
Engine Num: 48
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Ventoux Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux Coupe

Chassis Num: 57345
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Pillarless Sports Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Pillarless Sports Coupe

Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: 57443
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Special Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57517
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Ventoux Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux Coupe

Chassis Num: 57584
Engine Num: 507
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Ventoux Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux Coupe

Chassis Num: 57614
Engine Num: 429
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
Bugatti Type 57C Roadster

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 57617
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Atalante Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57641
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Bugatti Type 57C Roadster

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 75542
Model Year: 1937
Profile

Aravis Drophead Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1938
Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Stelvio Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Stelvio Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Model Year: 1938
Special Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe

Chassis Num: 57335
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Bugatti Type 57C Roadster

Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: 57584
Engine Num: C15
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History

Stelvio Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57597
Engine Num: 82 C
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
3 Position Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C 3 Position Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Letourner et Marchand
Chassis Num: 57644
Engine Num: 470
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Bugatti Type 57C Roadster

Chassis Num: 57661
Engine Num: 25C
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Stelvio Cabriolet
Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57677
Engine Num: 31C
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Aravis Drophead Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Gangloff
Chassis Num: 57710
Engine Num: 510
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Atalante Coupe
Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe

Chassis Num: 57766
Engine Num: C57
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History


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