Incredible 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer Could Fetch $8,000,000 At Amelia Island

1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica
1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica - ©RM Sotheby's

A 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer bodied by Corsica will head to Amelia Island 8-9 March 2019 and is expected to fetch in excess of $8,000,000.

Of the 16 Type 57S Bugattis delivered with open coachwork, this particular example is also one of only two four-seater tourers and even retains its original chassis, engine, gearbox, and body.

Always striving to stay well ahead of its rivals, Bugatti, or rather Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean designed a second variant of their much-lauded Type 57.

1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica
1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica – ©RM Sotheby’s

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Featuring a 3.3-litre double overhead-camshaft eight-cylindered engine and a chassis built for competition purposes. Additionally, Bugatti also gave the
Paris Auto Salon 1936 crowds another thrill by unveiling two sporting variants of the model, the 57C and the 57S.

The 57C being supercharged, denoted by the presence of the ‘C’, meaning compressor. The 57S was a sports based unit that had its own unique styling and clearly earmarked for a more competitive target audience.

A redesigned shortened and lower chassis gave the car a much tighter handling experience (the S for surbaisse, French for ‘lowered’), in the process delivering a much lower centre of gravity.

Corsica Body

RM Sotheby’s reports that Corsica built a limited total of eight bodies on the Type 57S chassis, including four two-seat roadster bodies (including the Sir Malcolm Campbell and La Petite Suzanne cars), two closed car bodies (of which one example no longer survives), and two four-seat tourer bodies. Chassis 57512 was the second four-seat tourer commissioned, with each being uniquely constructed to show obvious variations from one chassis to the other.

The first chassis, no. 57503, abruptly ends the curve of the fenders just behind the wheels, while proudly displaying the oil tank just behind the left front wing. The example offered here extends the length of the fenders front and rear to gracefully hide the oil tank and visually lengthen the car for a dramatic finish to the rear profile.

The configuration of the side-mounts was also treated differently for both examples, with the spare suspended mid-flank on 57503 rather than carefully crafting the side-mount into the extended driver side fender as is seen on this car.

The car has been described as being part of an elite and exclusive group of world-class automobiles that can instantly define a collection.

The fact it has retained all the original Corsica coaching, original auto components and an extensive history file, award this incredible Bugatti classic elite status of the highest order.

Anyone wishing to see more of this truly stunning Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer can do so by visiting this link.

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