1936 Bugatti Type 57

The Bugatti Type 57 was introduced in 1934 and continued in production until the outbreak of war in September of 1939. It was built at Bugatti's Molsheim factory. The Bugatti Type 57 grew in size and weight over its predecessor but its twin-camshaft engine provided higher horsepower rating and excellent performance. The vehicles were never regarded as suitable racers but rather luxurious sport tourers.

The 3257 cc (3-liter) engine was new featuring five-bearing camshafts. Helical gears drove the twin overhead camshafts. The single symmetrical casting provided hemispherical combustion chambers. The gearbox was also new and mounted directly to the engine by a conventional bell-housing containing a normal single-plate clutch.

Bugatti's chief designer was Joseph Walter and Jean Bugatti worked closely with him. The first vehicle to wear coachwork by Jean was in 1931 on the Type 55 Roadster. Prior to 1927 most, if not all, of the coachwork was outsourced to custom coachbuilders. From the early 1930's the coachbuilding process was brought in-house. The Type 57 was offered as a Galibier four-door saloon, Ventoux two-door coupe, and the Stelvio cabriolet. The Stelvio body-style was constructed by coachbuilders Gangloff of Colmar. If requested by clients, Bugatti did offer a rolling chassis which could be finished by custom coachbuilders of their choosing and constructed to their own tastes and requirements.


by Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2019

Related Reading : Bugatti Type 57 History

Many manufacturers during this time produced multi-purpose vehicles that could be driven to a race track, raced, and then driven home. The Bugatti Type 57, however, was solely a road-going vehicle and is considered the most celebrated of all non-racing Bugattis. Even though the Type 57 was strictly a road-going vehicle, a racing version was created for the 1937 24-Hours of Le Mans race. This vehicle,....
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Related Reading : Bugatti Type 57 History

Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti was born in Milan, Italy in 1881. His father, Carlo, was a furniture designer of some fame. The fathers brother, Rembrandt, was a gifted sculptor of animals. When he was old enough, Ettore attended the Brera Academy of Art where he studied sculpture. Soon, he turned his attention to mechanical endeavors. The first Bugatti motor car was built in 1899 though the....
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1936 Vehicle Profiles

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information

Pillarless Coupe
Coachwork: Paul Nee
Designer: Jean Bugatti

Chassis Num: 57397
Engine Num: 276

The Type 57 Bugatti is the touring equivalent of their Type 59 race car. They share a twin overhead cam, 3.3 liter, straight eight-cylinder engine with an integral four-speed gearbox. 800 were produced between 1934 and 1938.....[continue reading]

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information

Stelvio
Coachwork: Gangloff
Designer: Jean Bugatti

Chassis Num: 57395
Engine Num: 57395

The 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio finished in two-tone blue and coachwork by Gangloff was offered for sale at the 2006 RM Auction in Monterey, CA where it was expected to sell between $450,000-$525,000. It's first owner, M. Soler, purchased the car in....[continue reading]

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information

Racer

Chassis Num: 57416

This car was originally delivered to Miss Cecile De Rothschild in 1937 as a convertible cabriolet. At some time in the 1940s it was in an accident and the convertible body was removed and a 4-door Galibier Bugatti body was installed. In the 1950s i....[continue reading]

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Graber

At its launch, the Bugatti Type 57 was available in four body styles. Three of these body styles were named after mountain peaks in the Alps - the four-seater, two-door Ventoux, the four-door Galibier, and the two-door Stelvio convertible - and the f....[continue reading]

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information

Atlantic

The Type 57 was a total departure for Bugatti from the way they had designed and built cars in the past. By the early 1930s Ettore Bugatti was almost exclusively working on the Bugatti race cars and his son Jean was playing the lead role in the desig....[continue reading]

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information

Atalante

Chassis Num: 57401
Engine Num: 54C

Jean Bugatti's Type 57 Atalante utilized the company's race-bred dual overhead camshaft inline eight-cylinder engine and the thoroughbred road car chassis with exceptionally beautiful coachwork. No more than 34 examples of the factory-bodied Type 57 ....[continue reading]

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information

Stelvio
Designer: Jean Bugatti

Chassis Num: 57406
Engine Num: 286
Gearbox Num: 68C

Over 680 examples of the Bugatti Type 57 and supercharged T57C were estimated to have been built in various body styles during its lifespan. From early 1937 until September of 1939, Bugatti focused most of their efforts on building the Type 57 model.....[continue reading]

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Binder

Chassis Num: 57295

The Bugatti Type 57, introduced in 1934, was the first new model built under Jean Bugatti's direction. It incorporated many new features, including a vastly improved twin-overhead camshaft 8-cylinder, 3.3-liter engine based on the previous Type 49. A....[continue reading]

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information

Stelvio
Designer: Jean Bugatti

Chassis Num: 57442
Engine Num: 57442

The Bugatti Type 57 was unveiled in 1934 and was a masterpiece from Jean Bugatti. It was designed to replace the Type 49 and came equipped with a 3.3-liter twin-cam straight-eight engine. The Bugatti Type 57 was continually refined throughout its pro....[continue reading]

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information

Atalante

The Type 57 version of Ettore Bugatti's classic racing car truly reflects the maturation of Bugatti's son, Jean. As it was initially considered a radical departure from established Bugatti practice, Ettore chose to instruct his son to abandon the ext....[continue reading]

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information

Two-Light Ventoux Coupe

Chassis Num: 57469
Engine Num: 350

This Bugatti Type 57 was assembled in November of 1936 and fitted with engine number 350. It was the last of six Type 57 chassis to be clothed with the Two-Light Ventoux coachwork. Original colors were Bleu Foncé (Dark Blue) with Havana leather and b....[continue reading]

1936 Bugatti Type 57 vehicle information

Atalante

Chassis Num: 57386
Engine Num: 281

Bugatti introduced the Type 57 at the Paris motor show in October of 1933. It came powered by a straight-eight dual overhead cam engine that would endure throughout the Type 57 production with few modifications. Approximately 700 Type 57s were made f....[continue reading]

Pillarless Coupe by Paul Nee
Chassis #: 57397 
Stelvio by Gangloff
Chassis #: 57395 
Racer
Chassis #: 57416 
Cabriolet
 
Atlantic
 
Atalante
Chassis #: 57401 
Stelvio
Chassis #: 57406 
Coupe by Binder
Chassis #: 57295 
Stelvio
Chassis #: 57442 
Atalante
 
Two-Light Ventoux Coupe
Chassis #: 57469 
Atalante
Chassis #: 57386 

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