1939 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux

The Type 57 Ventoux was a factory-designed production body sold as a 2-door, 4-seat Coupé. Like the alternative production bodies, the Ventoux was named a mountain, this being the famous Mont Ventoux in the Provence region of France.

Jean Bugatti was personally involved with the Ventoux’s style and used many traits from the outgoing Type 50 Coupe Profilee.

A large portion of Type 57 chassis received either factory Ventoux bodywork or an adaptation of the design by design houses such as Gangloff. We have counted 94 found cars, 28 lost cars and 17 Ventouxs which have been rebodied for an approximate total production of 139. Included in these are 57351 and 57647 which are reported as stolen.

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In Detail

typeLimited Production Car
built atFrance
body stylistJean Bugatti
production139
engineIron Alloy Inline-8
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationSupercharger
valvetrainDOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedStromberg UUR2 Carburetor
displacement3257 cc / 198.8 in³
bore72 mm / 2.83 in
stroke100 mm / 3.94 in
power119.3 kw / 160 bhp
specific output49.12 bhp per litre
body / frameSteel & Wooden body over Steel Ladder-Type Frame
front brakesHydrualic Drums
rear brakesHydrualic Drums
f suspensionSolid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers
r suspensionLive Axle w/Quarter-Elliptic Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers
wheelbase3300 mm / 129.9 in
front track1350 mm / 53.1 in
rear track1350 mm / 53.1 in
transmission4-Speed Manual

Auction Sales History

1936 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupé 57345 – sold for €437,000

A 1st Series Ventoux, chassis number ‘57345’ remains outstandingly original. The car was ordered new in December 1935 by the Lyonnaise Bugatti agent Arnaud on behalf of its first owner, André ‘Charles’ Chauvenet, a prominent surgeon from Sèvres and one of Bugatti’s most favoured clients. Chassis number ‘57345’ retains its original engine ‘57345’, gearbox ‘113’, rear axle ‘585’ and body ‘1146’. Body panels and trim components are stamped ’57’ and the body number, ‘1146’, is stamped on the alloy coachwork’s main panels. All panels are original and without any signs of accident damage, corrosion or past repairs. Paintwork is original nitro-cellulose, which is in surprisingly good condition while displaying the inevitable signs of almost 80 years use.

Auction Source: 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais

1939 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux

1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux 57579 – sold for €298,000 Ex Roger Ballion Collection. Only known survivor of former version of ‘Gangloff streamlined saloon’. Now fitted with Ventoux bodywork from 57659/474 which was taken from Henri Novo Bugatti Cemetary.
Auction Source: The Baillon Collection at Rétromobile
1939 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux 57584 – sold for $800,000 Believed to have been a Bugatti demonstrator at the 1937 Paris Auto Show. Subsequently retained as a factory demonstrator; driven by Pierre Veyron. Formerly owned by Hudson Mills and Bruce Meyer. Awarded the Elegance in Motion Trophy at Pebble Beach in 1998. Professionally restored to concours standards.
Auction Source: Arizona 2015 by RM Auctions

1939 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
1935 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coach 57344 – sold for €403,149 The car offered for auction is approximately the tenth from a series of around 30 cars produced by October 1936. The production rate of the Ventoux Coach was as follows: four in December 1935, five in January 1936, seven in February, five in March, four in April, three in May, and one final car in August 1936.
Auction Source: Artcurial Motorcars à 2013 Rétromobile
1939 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
1936 Bugatti 57C Ventoux 57452 – sold for €421,445

The first Bugatti 57 C ever built. A piece of Bugatti history. Demonstration car driven by racing drivers of the period. Superb patina. Perhaps the most important Ventoux. We are indeed in the presence of the first Bugatti 57C ever built, the demonstration car for the Montaigne showroom during 1936 – 1937. Jules Goux, Robert Benoist , Pierre Veyron and perhaps Jean Bugatti himself, when he stayed in Paris, would undoubtedly have been the first people to drive this fast, supercharged, red Bugatti.

Auction Source: Artcurial Motorcars à 2013 Rétromobile

1939 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux 57664 – sold for $797,500 The example we are pleased to offer here, chassis number 57664, is a remarkable automobile. It was treated to a no-expense-spared, full body-off, concours-quality restoration in the mid-1990s, performed by Bugatti specialists Ivan Dutton Ltd. of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. Approximately $450,000 was spent on the restoration to ensure that this Type 57C Ventoux would become the very finest Bugatti in world.
Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Auction by RM1939 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux1935 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux 57594 – did not sell for €220,000

The Ventoux sports saloon variant was undoubtedly one of the finest expressions of the Type 57 concept. The car offered here, chassis 57594, continues to benefit from an older restoration and was formerly owned by Bugatti agent Jean de Dobbeleer as well as collector Gene Cesari. In the ensuing years, it has passed through the ownership of Ken Hassrick, Paul Stader, Marylin Stader and Jaap Braam Ruben. It was either partially restored or sympathetically refurbished by 1996, when a well known Swiss Bugatti enthusiast acquired it. He retained the car until 2006, selling it at auction to a new owner from the United States, who in turn sold the car to another Swiss enthusiast.

As confirmed by a recent examination, the car is in exceptionally fine condition today after an older restoration. Offered complete with a US title, receipts and a copy of the prior bill of sale from 2006, the offering of this very fine classic Bugatti represents a wonderful opportunity. It is an enduring tribute to its inspired creator, Jean Bugatti, as well as a timeless design statement.

Auction Source: 2010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco

1939 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux

1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupe 57614 – did not sell for $390,000

The most recent restoration returned the Bugatti Type 57 to its original livery, Oxblood with tan hides and matching Oxblood Wilton carpets. The Ventoux Coupe has a tachometer in the dash fascia, which appears to be a factory special order accessory. Also of note, the Bugatti is fitted with factory correct 18″ wire wheels which have been tastefully chrome plated by a previous American owner. In addition to receiving cosmetic attention, a major mechanical service was included in the restoration. It was last checked over and subjected to a thorough road test by Bugatti expert and restorer, Mr. Scott Sargent of Fairly, Vermont in March of last year and was given a clean bill of health.

Auction Source: 2008 Meadow Brook Concours

1939 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux

1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupe 57614 – sold for $412,500

The 1937 Bugatti Type 57 we are pleased to offer here, chassis number 57614, is an absolutely remarkable automobile. It was sold new on April 3, 1937 to Paul Pernod (of the beverage family) through agent Montaigne as a Ventoux Coupe with engine number 429. In the last 70 years it has resided in the collections of John Armstrong, Jean Arkin, as well as the Blackhawk Collection.

The most recent restoration returned the Bugatti Type 57 to its original livery, Oxblood with tan hides and matching Oxblood Wilton carpets. The Ventoux Coupe has a tachometer in the dash fascia, which appears to be a factory special order accessory. Also of note, the Bugatti is fitted with factory correct 18″ wire wheels which have been tastefully chrome plated by a previous US owner. In addition to receiving cosmetic attention, included in the restoration was a major mechanical service. It was last checked over and subjected to a thorough road test by Bugatti expert and restorer, Mr. Scott Sargent of Fairly, Vermont in March of this year and was given a clean bill of health.

Auction Source: 2007 Monterey Preview