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September 26, 2021

1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet at Auction by RM Sotheby’s

by Mike Gulett –

I generally do not lust over pre-war cars – but this Bugatti Type 57 is one exception.

Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

While I was previewing the RM Sotheby’s auction during Monterey Car Week I noticed this beautiful Bugatti sitting in a corner all by itself in the upstairs display area at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey. I walked over and was captivated by its beauty. The body color is unique, the interior is exquisite and it has custom luggage that fits neatly behind the seats. It looks much better in person than in the RM Sotheby’s on-line catalog.

Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

There was room for only two people-a true 1937 sports car. The design details are really special and it looks like an exceptional restoration.

Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

If I owned this Bugatti I would probably ruin the restoration by driving it too much – lunch in Big Sur, dinner in Pebble Beach where it would fit right in, a trip to San Simeon and on and on…

RM Sotheby’s writes,

Chassis No. 57156

Engine No. 48

Exceptional, exquisitely detailed restyled coachwork

Mechanically upgraded, including hydraulic brakes, in-period

Beautifully presented, concours-winning Alan Taylor restoration

Documented by marque historians Pierre Yves-Laugier and Kees Jansen; accompanied by history file

Estimate: $650,000 – $800,000 USD

Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

 

 

Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

Photos by Mike Gulett.
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1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet at Auction by RM Sotheby's
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1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet at Auction by RM Sotheby's
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I generally do not lust over pre-war cars - but this Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet is one exception.
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  1. Wes Stewart says

    Drive it and when it gets dinged up, restore it again. Rinse and repeat.

  2. It sold for $665,000.

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