1937 Bugatti Type 57

Sale Price
$650,000 - $800,000
Est. Range
5 March 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 57156; Engine no. 48. Brown and light brown with brown cloth top over brown pigskin. RHD. 3257/135hp, 4-speed, wheel discs, skirts, fitted luggage, woodrim steering wheel, Marchal Aerolux headlights, fitted luggage.

Evaluation: Originally a Galibier sedan built in 1934, rebuilt with a second-series frame in 1936 for the original owner, then rebodied in Belgium with cabriolet coachwork and updated with hydraulic brakes. Restored by Alan Taylor Company in the ’00s with new fenders, door skins, hood, trim and a Type 57C dashboard.

Excellent paint. Bright chrome. Beautiful and gorgeous highly figured interior wood trim. Spotless engine compartment. Best of Show Pre-war at La Jolla in 2013, shown other places including Amelia, CCCA National First Prize winner.

Bottom Line: Sold by RM at Monterey in 2017 for $572,000 on a hammer bid of $520,000, $5,000 less than its successful hammer bid here five years later. It has eye-catching coachwork but has been the subject of many changes over its lifetime. This is a realistic way to enjoy a distinctive Bugatti Type 57 for a reasonable price.

by Rick Carey
24 March 2022
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