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1939 Bugatti Type 57

Chassis number : 57798

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Sold for $1,545,000 at 2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
This Bugatti Type 57C is one of three examples that remain in existence with the Aravis body style by Gangloff, which was built in 1938 and 1939. It is a 2/3-seater cabriolet that was first offered in the 1938 catalogue and only Gangloff and Letourneur et Marchand were allowed to dub their 2/3-seater cabriolets 'Aravis.' It is believed that a total of twelve examples were built, with each coachbuilder building six.

Dr. André Charles Chauvenet of Thouars, France ordered this Bugatti in the fall of 1938 through the local dealer J.B. Arnaud. Dr. Chauvenet requested the Bugatti be equipped with a supercharger, Stromberg carburetor, electric starter, and Rudge wheels. Wearing its Aravis Convertible Coupe body by Gangloff, the car's final retail price was 135,000 Francs.

Beyond just a 'standard' Aravis, this was further refined with chrome side molding, three sets of vertical hood louvres, headlamp guards, a black top with red leatherette piping, and a foam-stuffed rear seat. It is believed that the original color was black or a very dark shade of blue or purple, over a red leather interior.

By mid-November 1938, Gangloff had completed the body, although Bugatti apparently did not send the coachworks the rolling chassis until late December. The coachwork was not applied to the chassis until the new year, and Chauvenet took delivery in January of 1939. Dr. Chauvenet would enjoy the Bugatti briefly as a few months later he was called back into service as a medical officer for the French Army. Although Dr. Chauvenet was captured and imprisoned in the infamous Buchenwald concentration camp, he survived the war. When peacetime returned, he was reunited with his Bugatti in early May of 1945.

Dr. Chauvenet sold his Bugatti in February of 1946 to Didier Soriano of Bordeaux via the originating dealer J.B. Arnaud. It then passed to Hermann Trümpy of Glarus, Switzerland in October 1947, and would race it in several amateur hill climb events throughout Switzerland.

Around 1951, André Turrettini of Geneva became the car's next custodian and would retain it until 1959. On December 12, 1951, that was damaged along the front driver's side fender. The next custodian was Pierre Strinati of Geneva who, in 1959, commissioned the coachbuilder Graber to mount a solid steel roof to the body. Additionally, the car was sympathetically redone in a two-tone red and black paintjob over maroon leather.

The car remained in the Strinati Collection until 1984 when it was subsequently exported from Switzerland. It passed through the stables of the late Bill Serri, Jr. of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and then the late Myron Schuster of Bedford, New York. In August of 1993, it was purchased by Oscar Davis who would soon embark on an accurate and complete restoration to its original specifications. The work was entrusted to Classic Coach Repair of Elizabeth, New Jersey and work had begun by late 1995. The chassis and drivetrain were restored by Leydon Restorations of Lahaska, Pennsylvania. The 3.3-liter dual-overhead-camshaft straight-eight-cylinder engine was rebuilt and returned to its original supercharged condition.

The engine, numbered 431, is listed as being previously installed in chassis 57619, a 1937 57C Stelvio.

The restoration took seven years to complete. After completion, it was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (and Tour), Louis Vuitton Classic Concours, Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, and other leading events.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2022

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2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,600,000-USD $2,300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,545,000

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 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