1933→1939 Bugatti Type 57 Aravis

1933→1939 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.

1938 Bugatti Type 57 Aravis Gallery

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In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
production years1933 – 1939
built atMolshiem, France
body stylistJean Bugatti
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetraingear-Driven DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedSingle Updraft Stromberg UUR-2 Carburettor
displacement3245 cc / 198.02 in³
bore72 mm / 2.8 in
stroke100 mm / 3.9 in
power100.7 kw / 135 bhp @ 4500 rpm
specific output41.6 bhp per litre
bhp/weight82.82 bhp per tonne
body / frameBody over Steel Frame
driven wheelsRWD
wheel type18 Inch RudgeSpoked Wire
front tires18 x 5.50
rear tires18 x 5.50
front brakesCable Operated Drums
rear brakesCable Operated Drums
front wheelsF 45.7 x 12.7 cm / 18 x 5 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 12.7 cm / 18 x 5 in
f suspensionRigid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Springs, Hartford Friction Shock Absrobers
r suspensionLive Axle w/Reversed Quarter-Elliptic Springs, Hartford Friction Shock Absorbers
curb weight1630 kg / 3594 lbs
wheelbase3300 mm / 129.9 in
front track1350 mm / 53.1 in
rear track1350 mm / 53.1 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
tran clutchSingle Dry Plate
final drive4.16:1
top speed~152.85 kph / 95 mph


Auction Sales History

1933→1939 Bugatti Type 57 Aravis1938 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.