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1933→1939 Bugatti Type 57 Aravis

Bugatti Type 57 Aravis

1933-1939 Bugatti Type 57 Aravis

The Type 57 Aravis was Bugatti’s factory-designed two-seat Cabriolet named after French mountain range in Savoie and Haute-Savoie.

Execution of the Aravis bodystyle was limited to just Gangloff and Letourneur & Marchand. Each bodied around five examples to the Aravis style and another was created by Albert D’Ieteren.

The Aravis befitted from all the Type 57 engineering, development and upgrades throughout production. It used the twin-overhead camshaft 3.3-litre inline-8 which was good for 135 bhp in standard form.

Chassis arrangements included Rudge Witworth wire wheels, fifteen inch drum brakes and an uncluttered chassis having good strength. As with most Bugatti designs the Type 57 was relatively simple in design, but the result of complicated craftsmanship.

Pictures & Gallery

See full 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Aravis Gallery here

Specs & Performance

type Series Production Car
production years 1933 – 1939
built at Molshiem, France
body stylist Jean Bugatti
production 11
engine Inline-8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain gear-Driven DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Single Updraft Stromberg UUR-2 Carburettor
displacement 3245 cc / 198.02 in³
bore 72 mm / 2.8 in
stroke 100 mm / 3.9 in
power 100.7 kw / 135 bhp @ 4500 rpm
specific output 41.6 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 82.82 bhp per tonne
redline 5000
body / frame Body over Steel Frame
driven wheels RWD
wheel type 18 Inch RudgeSpoked Wire
front tires 18 x 5.50
rear tires 18 x 5.50
front brakes Cable Operated Drums
rear brakes Cable Operated Drums
front wheels F 45.7 x 12.7 cm / 18 x 5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 12.7 cm / 18 x 5 in
f suspension Rigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs, Hartford Friction Shock Absrobers
r suspension Live Axle w/Reversed Quarter-Elliptic Springs, Hartford Friction Shock Absorbers
curb weight 1630 kg / 3594 lbs
wheelbase 3300 mm / 129.9 in
front track 1350 mm / 53.1 in
rear track 1350 mm / 53.1 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
tran clutch Single Dry Plate
final drive 4.16:1
top speed ~152.85 kph / 95 mph

Auction Sales History

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Cabriolet by Gangloff 57710 – sold for $2,337,500 One of three extant Aravis Cabriolets by Gangloff. Full concours-quality restoration by LaVine Restorations. Desirable supercharged specification. The 2012 Amelia Island Best of Show winner. Documented by Bugatti historian Pierre-Yves Laugier. Auction Source: 2015 Amelia Island by RM Sotheby’s