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#24455 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante For Sale
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In the years of its existence, Bugatti built many road and race cars that are special. But not many Bugatti road cars are quite as special as chassis 57767, as it is one of only three Atalante that were built to its precise specification, an ultimate specification that makes it one of the fastest and most desirable of its kind. From April 1935 to December 1938, a grand total of only 33 Type 57 chassis were fitted with the breathtaking Atalante coachwork, designed in-house at Bugatti by Joseph Walter under the close direction of Jean Bugatti.
Chassis 57767 is the 31st of these rare chassis, and the number 31 is written on the inside of the hood, engraved on the woodwork on the trunk, and written in chalk on the back side of the dashboard woodwork. However, of the 33 Atalante-bodied chassis, only 16 received an aluminum body. In addition, of the 33, only 5 were factory supercharged. To cap it all, only three Atalante chassis were fitted both with the aluminum body and the supercharger by the factory, thereby making these few extraordinary cars the lightest and fastest of them all. This is a truly special and exceptionally rare combination which makes 57767 one of the most coveted Bugatti T57C in the world.
On September 6 and 7, 1938, a certain Mr. Albert Cahen of 13 rue Joanàs in Paris, ordered two Bugattis at the Bugatti Magasin d'Exposition at no. 116 Champs-Élysées: a coach Ventoux, chassis no. 57671, and a 57C Atalante which was to be chassis 57767. One must assume that with its four seats and practical body, the Ventoux would be Mr. Cahen's daily driver, while the supercharged Atalante would be used for long high-speed trips or exciting forays into the countryside.
Correspondence with the factory dated September 9, 1938 reveals that Mr. Cahen acquired the very last Atalante body (no. 31) that would ever be available from the factory, as bodies nos. 32 (chassis 57733) and 33 (chassis 57788) were already spoken for. Albert Cahen's 57C was finally finished on December 7 and driven from Molsheim to the Bugatti Magasin de Vente at no. 46 rue Montaigne in Paris on December 8, 1938. The driver was none other than M. Touissant, Ettore Bugatti's private chauffeur and operator of Le Patron's daily driver, the world-famous Type 41 La Royale Coupé Napoléon, chassis 41100, which resides in the Schlumpf Collection in Mulhouse, France.
Albert Cahen received his lovely new supercharged Atalante on December 10, finished in royal blue with Havana leather, priced at a massive 116, 160 francs, which would have bought four complete Citroën Traction Avant, with enough change left over for a nice extended holiday on the Côte d'Azur. But Mr. Cahen could well afford his new and expensive toy: he was the proprietor of a profitable coffee roasting business that marketed coffee products through a chain of stores across France under the name of Caïffa.
Chassis 57767 was then registered 1916-RM1. This number had appeared on a T57 Atalante that was shown on the Bugatti stand at the October 1938 Paris Salon. Pierre-Yves Laugier does not rule out that that car could have been 57767, perhaps not entirely finished, as Cahen had placed his order in the beginning of September and did not receive his car until December of 1938.
A letter from Automobiles Bugatti to Albert Cahen dated August 30, 1939, verifies that chassis 57767 was undergoing repairs due to a camshaft lubrication problem in the Bugatti shops in rue Carnot in the Parisian suburb Levallois-Perret. Little did he know it, but Cahen's days with 57767 were almost over. Hitler invaded Poland two days later on September 1, 1939, and the car was squirreled away.
Pierre-Yves Laugier assumes that the car was stored by Bugatti for the duration of the war, likely in the Levallois-Perret premises. At the Paris Salon in October 1948, Bugatti had a small stand and showed an all-black T57 Atalante for sale by the factory, wearing license plate 1916-RM1. It can be assumed that the car in question was chassis 57767, which means that the car was shown at least once at the Paris Salon, and remarkably, perhaps twice.
The record of ownership in the 1949 to 1952 period remains unknown as the Paris registration archives relating to those years have been destroyed. On September 11, 1952, chassis 57767 was re-registered with the plate 2358-BM75. Its new proprietor was Mr. Bernard Greyfie de Bellecombe, residing at no 7, rue Beethoven in Paris. On June 3, 1953, the car was sold to Roger Berthet of no. 84 rue Lafontaine, also in Paris. Soon after, on October 27 of that year, it went to Christian Prevost-Marcilhacy, a 22-year-old student of no. 27 rue du Général Foy in the 8th arrondissement who already owned two Type 40 and had purchased the very first Type 55, chassis 55201, only the week before. Prevost was drafted in November 1953 and put 57767 up for sale with Francis Mortarini, an early specialist in great cars from the 1930s, who ran a garage in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris.
In August 1954, Mortarini sold the car to Jean Piger, who lived at his Château de Margeaix close to Beaulieu in the Haute-Loire in the center of France. He registered the car 999-X43 and would keep it for the next sixty years. Piger worked for Schlumberger, a large French energy firm, and used the car extensively for many years. He later stored it in a heated barn on his property, along with a Mercedes 300SL and a Jaguar E-type both of which he had purchased new. During his tenure, the engine was attended to by a company named Hauswald in Paris, where the block was replaced at one point due to water circulation issues.
In 2014, Jean Piger put the car up for sale. By this time, he had become a recluse, and it was an unusual condition of the sale that no buyer could inspect the car before purchase. Henri Chambon, a businessman in the South of France, acquired the car. He had never seen it, but a person who had inspected it years previously, advised him to proceed. The Sleeping Beauty that 57767 had now become was then extracted from its barn where it had not moved a wheel for many years. It was sent to the French Bugatti specialist Ets. Randoni to be sympathetically brought back to life with instructions not to touch the car's originality, but simply to recommission the mechanicals, clean, and preserve.
At some point, Piger had the sides of the car painted in yellow in the traditional Atalante style. The black paint appears to be original from the late forties. The interior is original, including the dash and leather on the seats. Screen rubbers and wing seals are either original or were replaced in the late forties. To call something unrepeatable is a hackneyed phrase, but it is safe to say that this car is unique in terms of its deep provenance, history, and authenticity. Not only was chassis 57767 built to the rarest of Atalante specifications. In addition, of the surviving Atalantes, no other car has retained its originality to such a degree, nor been owned by the same person for sixty years. It will stand out in any collection and be welcome at any of the world's foremost concours events.
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante
Design by Jean Bugatti
Chassis no. 57767
Engine no. 62C
Body No. 31
3, 257cc DOHC All-Alloy 8-Cylinder Engine
Stromberg Twin-choke Carburetor
160bhp at 5, 500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Lockheed Drum Brakes
Rare and desirable, factory supercharged example of Jean Bugatti's Atalante masterpieceOne of just 3 factory supercharged Atalante examples made with aluminum bodyworkOutstanding provenance, including Paris Salon exhibition and 60 years in singular ownershipA stunningly original car, with great measures taken to preserve its original finishesFastidiously documented, with factory letters from E. Bugatti and report from Pierre-Yves LaugierMatching-numbers example, retaining its original aluminum bodywork and interior
Price: $3, 450, 000 Firm
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