1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer

Body by Corsica
Engine # 19S
Sale Price
$4,750,000 - $6,500,000
Est. Range
22 January 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Black over red leather. 3,257-cc, 230-hp, manual transmission. Chrome wire wheels, 18-inch Dunlop Racing tires, eight tiny exhaust pipes, single right side spare, Marchal headlights, Winfield updraft carburetor.

Evaluation: Represented as the original chassis, engine, gearbox, differential and body. Sound older paint, chrome, and interior. One of only sixteen Type 57S Bugattis with open coachwork. First owner Maurice Lubbock was induced to sell upon being elected president of Rolls-Royce. Supercharger added in the ’30s. At one point rebodied with a two-seat sports body but later (much later) reunited with its original Corsica tourer. Restored by the Blackhawk Collection and displayed at Pebble Beach in 2003. The engine compartment and chassis are aged, dull, and driven. A beautiful, intriguing Bugatti in wonderful condition for tours and events but not for show except at the end of a glorious day of top-down touring.

Bottom line: Offered by RM Sotheby’s at Amelia in 2019 where it was reported bid to $5.7 million while showing exactly the same 376 miles on its odometer as it does today. A handsome, remarkably complete, and as-built example that saw $1.4 million blown away in not quite two years. Bad timing but a realistic price in 2021.

by Rick Carey
28 January 2021
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
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Parts car.
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