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Country of origin:France
Produced from:1936 - 1938
Numbers built:41 (all versions)
Designed by:Jean Bugatti
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 23, 2009
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Chassis: 57502
This Type 57 S Atalante was sold new to Lord Howe, who was the president of the Bugatti Owners Club at the time. It was finished in Howe's racing colours of blue and black. He owned the car until 1945 when an accident prompted him to replace chassis 57502 with a Type 57 C Atalante. The subsequent owner upgraded the car to Type 57 SC specification by fitting a supercharger. In April of 1955 the Bugatti was acquired by a Dr Carr from Newcastle. Shortly after the car was retired to the doctor's garage where it remained for over half a century. It reemerged after his death in 2007 and was offered in extremely original condition in Bonhams' 2009 Retromobile auction. Despite being a non runner, it found a new owner for a staggering €3,417,500. The next custodian commissioned marque expert Ivan Dutton to perform a sensitive restoration. While returning the Type 57 S to full running order, the unique patina was retained. For the next decade, it was one of the star cars in his collection until it was consigned with the rest of his stable to the Gooding & Co. Passion of a Lifetime sale. It is estimated to sell for over £7 million.

Chassis details
Manufactured in 1937
Engine number 26S
First owner Earl Howe
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