Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer could top $11 million at Bonhams

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2016-02-18 15:16:46

A unique 1937 Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer will be offered at Bonhams next month, as part of the company's second annual Amelia Island sale.

Regarded as one of the world's "greatest and most collectible" pre-War automobiles, the car features one-off coachwork by Vanden Plas and is well-documented by marque experts.

Just 43 examples of the low-slung Bugatti Type 57S were ever built, and today the rarest examples can be valued at more than $40 million.

"Rare, luxurious and extremely fast, the Type 57S was considered the ultimate automobile of its day, with its sophisticated surbaissé low-slung chassis, dry sump lubrication and distinct V-shaped radiator," said Bonhams. "Virtually a Grand Prix car in touring guise, nothing else in the world compared."

Chassis number 57541 is the first convertible Bugatti 57S to appear on the open market in 17 years, and the sale is described by Bonhams as perhaps "a once in a lifetime opportunity", with the majority of examples existing in long-term private or institutional collections.

The car was originally exhibited on the Bugatti stand at the 1938 London Olympia Motor Show, and was raced in both New York and Trinidad. Having remained in single ownership for the past 20 years, the car is now expected to sell for $11-$13 million. 

Further pre-War highlights from the highly-anticipated sale will include a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, a 1933 Maserati 8C 3000 Biposto, a 1935 Riley Mph Two Seater Sports and a 1910 Thomas Flyer Model K 6-70 'Flyabout'.

The Bonhams Amelia Island sale takes place at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Thursday March 10.

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