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1938 Bugatti Type 57

Chassis number : 57589

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Sold for $1,413,878 (€1,265,000) at 2015 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale.
Sold for $1,655,000 at 2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction.
The coachbuilding firm of D'Ieteren was founded in 1805 by Jean Joseph D'Ieteren, who started his career as a wheel-wright. Thus D'Ieteren, which is located in Brussels and still exists today, is one of the oldest automotive firms in the world. From 1897 to 1935 the firm built something like 6,000 high-quality coachworks on chassis from Hispano Suiza, Minerva, Mercedes-Benz, and Bugatti. It counted Dutch and Belgian royalty amongst its clients. Sadly just 30 to 40 of those magnificent cars have survived. This is the only Type 57 Aravis Known to have been bodied by Albert D'Ietern. It was delivered on March 9, 1938, to its first owner, a Mr. Baggage.

The Cabriolet coachowrk on this Bugatti was inspired by Letourneur et Marchand's three-seater chassis no. 57826. Mr. Baggage was a tall individual resulting in the somewhat stretched cabin proportions. There is a low, sleek and streamlined folding canvas top and roll-up windows.

The Bugatti remained with Monsieur Baggage for nearly two years before the German invasion of 1940 compelled him to hide it. The history of the following decade is not fully konwn. At some point after the hostilities subsided, the Type 57 resurfaced and was offered by the French government as a 'Vente des Domaines' and sold in late May 1951 to an industrial company in Paris. It passed through two different Parisian magnates before it was acquired in early 1952 by Gaston Docime and sold that May to André Derain. Mr. Derain owned as many as 14 Bugattis during his lifetime, and chassis number 57589 was the last of his acquisitions.

In December of 1956, the car was sold back to Docime and sometime over the following year the car was purchased by Bugatti dealer Jean de Dobbeleer who had it exported through Gene Cesari for sale to American owner Julian Sano.

Robert Wells of Akron, Ohio acquired the Bugatti in 1963 and kept it for 35 years. In August of 1969 it was brought to the meeting of the American Bugatti Club in Painesville. In 1999 it was sent to Europe for a period of exhibition, being shown at the Rétromobile and the Techno Classica in 2000 and again at Rétromobile as well as the Festival Bugatti in Molsheim a year later.

Alfred Lechter of Jean, Nevada acquired the Type 57 in 2004 and displayed the car at the 2007 Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance. Two years later it received expert attention by Jim Stranberg in Colorado. In August of 2009 it was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and participated in the Tour d'Elegance before being sold in 2010 to Greek collector Theodore Angelopoulos, who commissioned regular maintenance by the Swiss firm Pichler GFG AG Classic Center over the next five years.

The current owner from Florida acquired the Bugatti in September of 2015. A limited cosmetic refurbishment soon followed that included service of the original mechancial compoentns as needed. The top and interior were retrimmed, and the coachwork was refinished in two-tone scheme of black with maroon.

While in the current owner's care, the car has been driven at select events including the ABC Maine Fall Rally in September 2016, the Villa d'Este Concorso d'Eleganza in May 2018, and the Audrain Newport Concours in October 2019, where it won the Bugatti touring class.

This Bugatti retains most of its original factory components, including the dual-overhead-cam straight-eight engine, the original chassis frame, and the D'Ieteren one-off coachwork.

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2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,500,000-USD $2,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,655,000

2015 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale

Sale Price :
USD $1,413,878 (€1,265,000.00)

1938 Bugatti Type 57 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Bugatti Type 57

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Bugatti Type 57S Roadster in the style of Corsica
Chassis#: 57601
Sold for USD$1,105,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe
Chassis#: 57641
Sold for USD$1,765,000
  2021 Worldwide Auctioneers : The 14th Annual Auburn Auction
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by D'Ieteren
Chassis#: 57589
Sold for USD$1,655,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
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1938 Bugatti Type 57 Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 57589
Sold for USD$1,413,878
  2015 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale
1938 Bugatti Type 57 image  1938 Bugatti Type 57 image  
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster
Chassis#: 57661
Sold for USD$671,000
  2015 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
Chassis#: 57701
Sold for USD$539,168
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Cabriolet by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57569
Sold for USD$962,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
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1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 COACH VENTOUX
Sold for USD$481,040
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 COACH VENTOUX
Sold for USD$692,888
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio by Gangloff
Chassis#: 57569
Sold for USD$693,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
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1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe
Sold for USD$682,000
  2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
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Bugatti Type 57s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1938 Bugatti Type 57's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupé576332020 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $1,500,000$1,800,000
1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Vanvooren29402018 Artcurial : Retromobile $650,000$950,000
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 STELVIO577152014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction $1,100,000$1,300,000
1938 Bugatti T57 Stelvio574502007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona$410,000$450,000$550,000
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 FOUR DOOR SEDAN 2003 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $160,000$190,000

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1938 Bugatti Type 57 Profiles

1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57633-463
Engine #: 463
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Drophead
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 57567
Engine #: 57567
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Drophead
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 57649
Engine #: 466
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Atalante Coupe
Coachwork: Gangloff
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: D'Ieteren
Chassis #: 57589
Engine #: 464
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Monoposto
Chassis #: 57478
Engine #: 354
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Stelvio Cabriolet
Coachwork: Gangloff
Chassis #: 57569
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Drophead
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 57587
Engine #: 458
1938 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information
Monoposto
Chassis #: 57410