Rare Bugatti Type 57 is one of just six ever made
Just six Bugatti Type 57s received Two-Light Ventoux coachwork penned by Jean Bugatti. This example could fetch over $1 million at auction
Vintage Bugattis are the Fabergé Eggs of the automotive world being intricate artworks and highly collectable. Today many of these cars are valued at over $1,000,000 and are a rare example of Bugatti’s desire to build the perfect car. This 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Two-Light Ventoux is heading to a Gooding & Co auction as one of just six examples ever made.
The Bugatti Type 57 came into being during 1934 to replace the Type 49 and was the brainchild of Jean Bugatti. Continuous refinements to the model created three variations of chassis that improved upon the last. The Series Two chassis underpinning this very Bugatti received a strengthened rear axle and framework, rubber engine mounts, and upgraded brakes.
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All Type 57 cars are elegant pieces of design, but what makes this one extra special is that it wears Two-Light Ventoux coachwork. It is defined by its raked windscreen and lack of rear quarter window to promote a sense of motion even when stationary.
Delivered to a Bugatti dealer in France in the closing days of 1936, Eugene Labeque became the first owner of this car. It changed hands several times over the year before finding its way to a Belgium Bugatti dealer in '56. One year later it was sold to a vintage car dealer in America who happened to possess another of the six Two-Light Ventoux models. Its next custodian from California, USA liked it so much that he kept the car for the next 25 years. It was sold a few more times, and attended the International Bugatti Rally, before being acquired by its current owner in 2001.
Chassis 57469 underwent restoration where its colour scheme became the beautiful black and blue combination seen today. Bugatti specialist Jim Stranberg completed a an engine rebuild of the original matching numbers motor. This highly original car featured in the Bugatti Class at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and is said to be regularly driven.
This well maintained and impressively documented car would take pride of place in any collection. It hits the blocks on 18 January 2019 at the Scottsdale Auction with an estimate of $900,000 - $1,100,000 (£710,200 - £868,000, €787,100 - €962,000).
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