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  Bugatti Type 57 C Coupé Aerodynamique
 

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Country of origin:France
Produced in:1938
Numbers built:1
Designed by:Jean Bugatti
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 15, 2012
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Chassis: 57335
In 1938 the Bugatti factory workers prepared a very special birthday present for Ettore Bugatti; a unique Type 57 C. The design of the one-off Coupe was penned by Jean Bugatti. The factory cherished 'Le Patron's' personal Bugatti and carefully protected it during the War. Even after Ettore's death in 1947, the car remained in the hands of the works. Chassis 57335 received various upgrades in those years. In the late 1950s, the unique Type 57 C eventually left the estate but since then has always been owned by great custodians.

Ettore's personal Bugatti has survived in a stunning and highly original condition. It eventually entered the collection of Gary Kohs in the United States. He showed the one-off Type 57 C at various events like the Pebble Beach and Meadow Brook concours d'elegance. In 2009, Kohs offered the Coupé Aerodynamique at Gooding's Pebble Beach sale. It found a new owner in John O'Quinn for nearly $1.4 million. Unfortunately, he could only briefly enjoy his latest acquisition due to a fatal crash a few months later.

From the O'Quinn estate, the unique Bugatti will be one of the star lots of Bonhams' 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed sale. As a build-up to the auction, the ex-Ettore Bugatti Type 57 C is seen here during the official Goodwood Press Preview.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1938
Engine number 340
First owner Ettore Bugatti
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