RM Sotheby’s Amelia sale is by far the best auction of the weekend and since we are already talking about cars that we are personally familiar with, we will continue with the 1937 Bugatti Type 57 S cabriolet by Vanvooren. The Type 57 Bugatti is one of the most fantastic cars every created with their dual overhead cam 8 cylinder engine, but the Type 57 S is even better with its incredibly low stance that is just breathtaking.
The subject car, chassis #57513 is a fantastic example of an S Bugatti, being an open car is a big plus as well. Vanvooren is a very well known coachbuilder but was not extremely common on a Type 57. The car overall is beautiful, but the windshield is unfortunately a bit too high in our opinion and the restoration is very old and tired for sure. The car is in the same condition since we were acquainted with it over 20 years ago. This is another car previously owned by our nearby friends, Manny and George Dragone of Dragone Classic Motorcars in Connecticut (who are conveniently not mentioned in the RM description). Manny purchased this car in the early 1990’s from the president of the Bugatti club in France and brought the car back here to Connecticut.
Don’t get us wrong, the car is fantastic, but RM states that this car has its original engine in it, which we think is a bit funny sounding the way that they describe how it was reunited with it. They state later in the description that the original engine was put back in the car before Dragone got the car by the President of the Bugatti club, Mr. Decoster. This is interesting. We contacted Manny Dragone, but he did not want to comment on the car or its engine. Other than the small engine swapping information that is a bit unclear, it is the real thing and it is undoubtedly a fantastic car. It could definitely use a restoration though as it is literally exactly the same cosmetically as it was 20 years ago. The history of the car is well known back to new, so that is a huge plus as well. It can be found here on RM Sotheby’s website with a pre auction estimate of $8,500,000-$10,000,000. The car in its current condition and with no exact knowledge of the engine we think this car is worth $6,500,000-$7,000,000. See what car is next and check back with us tomorrow to find out what we think about it!