Ettore Bugatti’s Type 57C Coupe to be auctioned at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Few weeks ago we told you about the new world record that has been set by the Italian sports carmaker Ferrari for a car offered at an auction that earned 9 million Euros.

The car sold was the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa and the auction was held in Maranello, Italy. However, an extremely rare 1936 Bugatti Type 57C Coupe that is scheduled to be sold on auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this year is expected to outdo the Testarossa.

The reason for this anticipation is that this specific Bugatti model was particularly built for Ettore Bugatti, the founder of the brand, on the occasion of his birthday.

The car was preserved through the Second World War and was personally owned by Ettore until 1947, the year of his demise.

Bugatti received a new powerplant and transmission in time. The model saw a few exchanges of ownership after it was sold in 1950 by the factory. The bodywork is totally original since it has never received any restoration work.

The Gooding & Company auction firm will be taking care of the auction at the Pebble Beach event.

Other models that will go on sale at the auction will include three of America's significant past racing cars: the Denis Denny Hulme 1967 AAR Gurney Eagl Indy Car, the Mario Andretti 1964 Dean Van Line Roaster Indy Car and the 1909 Stoddard-Dayton Model K Re-creation.

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