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1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante

Bugatti Type 57 Atalante

1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante

The Atalante was a two-door coupe body style similar to and built after the Atlantic, both built on the 57S chassis, but with a single piece windscreen and no fin. Only 17 Atalante cars were made, four of which reside in the Cité de l’Automobile Museum in Mulhouse, France (formerly known as the Musée National de L’Automobile de Mulhouse).

One Atalante, chassis number 57784, a 3-seater vehicle version with aluminium bodywork made by Vanvooren of the iconic Bugatti Type 57S model, resides in the Museu do Caramulo in Caramulo, Portugal. Vanvooren would do two more bodies alike, one (Chassis 57808) for the French government, who gave it, in 1939, as a marriage gift of Prince Reza and Princess Fawzia, and another one (Chassis 57749). 

Like many of the Type 57SC chassis, #57563 (pictured below) features a unique body. It was Philippe Levy, a successful textile businessman, who ordered Gangloff to make the his body and interior. The result was very similar to what a drop-top Atalante may have looked like.

By 1949 the car had entered the United States which made it one of the first 57SCs to do so. The bug changed hands a few times before landing in Ralph Lauren’s hands in 1986. Ralph commissioned Paul Russel to do an extensive restoration of the car which included changing the color to black despite having an original color of plum. This car is one of three Gangloff Cabriolets made for the Type 57 chassis.

1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante

Specs & Performance

type Limited Production Car
built at France
engine Inline-8 w/Cast Iron Block, Dry Sump Lubrication
position Front Longitudinal
valvetrain 2 Valves per Cyl, DOHC
fuel feed Stromberg UUR-2 Carburetor
displacement 3257 cc / 198.8 in³
bore 72 mm / 2.83 in
stroke 100 mm / 3.94 in
compression 8.5:1
power 156.6 kw / 210 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 64.48 bhp per litre
redline 5500
body / frame Steel over Ash Wooden Supports over Steel Frame
driven wheels RWD
front tires Dunlop
rear tires Dunlop
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
front wheels F 45.7 x 14.0 cm / 18 x 5.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 16.5 cm / 18 x 6.5 in
steering Worm & Roller
f suspension Semi-Indpenedant Centrally Collared Axles w/de Ram Shock Absorbers, Leaf Springs
r suspension Solid Axle w/de Ram Shock Absorbers, Quarter-EllipticLeaf Springs
wheelbase 2979 mm / 117.3 in
front track 1349 mm / 53.1 in
rear track 1349 mm / 53.1 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
top speed ~177.0 kph / 110.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~10 seconds

Auction Sales History

1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante 57766 – sold for $2,035,000 An Extremely Rare and Authentic Type 57C. Desirable Late-Production Chassis with Matching Numbers Throughout. Spectacular Jean Bugat ti-Designed Atalante Coachwork. Known History from New with Exceptional Provenance. Fascinating Post-war Competition Record. Restored to the Highest Standards by Bugat ti Authority Scott Sargent. 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Award Winner. An Important Example of the Supercharged Bugatti.
Auction Source: The 2013 Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company

1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante

1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante 57401 – sold for $1,485,000 One of Two Type 57 Atalantes Originally Delivered to the US. Very Desirable Original Coachwork with Roll-Top Roof and Art Deco Detailing. Documented History from New. Period Upgrade to Supercharged Type 57C Engine. Recent Improvements Such as Hydraulic Brakes and Discreet Overdrive. Superb Original Factory Livery. Auction Source: 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company

1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante

1937 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante 57756 – sold for €579,966

When chassis 57 C No. 57756 was delivered, Roger Teillac removed the Atalante body from chassis 57554 in order to reassemble it on Medrano’s new chassis with hydraulic brakes. The transfer of the bodywork must have been carried out in the autumn of 1938. It is possible that a Cotal gearbox may have been installed at that point, as Jérome Medrano confirmed that he had seen the car used with this type of transmission, which could be adapted to the Type 57 chassis.

Jérome Medrano therefore ordered his 57 C chassis in order to install the Atalante body 57554, which he would keep until the present day. He took advantage of this to make a few alterations in keeping with the tastes of the time, as he stated: “I had the streamlined headlights and Bosch fog lamps installed at the ends of the wings. Auction Source: 2011 Salon Rétromobile Auction by Artcurial

1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante

1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe 57624 – sold for $880,000 An Extremely Original Example Driven, Enjoyed And Properly Maintained. Late Type 57 With Hydraulic Brakes And Rubber-Mounted Engine. Beautiful Atalante Coupe Coachwork On Factory Supercharged Type 57 Chassis. One Of Only 95 Type 57Cs From 1937–1940. Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview