We’ve covered a lot of very special cars here but it’s incredibly rare to see one that’s going to cross over the auction block with an eight-figure price tag. This one, in particular, is a 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante with a complete provenance since new, a roots style supercharger, and unique design details. Its final price estimate is anywhere from $10,000,000 to $12,000,000.
Available at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach 2022 Auction taking place on August 19th and August 20th, this Type 57 started out as an S model. Not long after it was first delivered to its original owner in 1937, it returned to Molsheim where its roots-type supercharger was installed. According to Gooding & Company, that makes this one of the very first 57SCs.
The addition of the supercharger resulted in a total output of about 200 horsepower (149 kW) making it one of the fastest production cars ever made before WWII. This isn’t just a fast and powerful car though, it was far ahead of its time in many design aspects. The engine itself featured a dry sump lubrication system which allowed it to be set lower in the car.
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In fact, the S in 57S stands for surbaissé or lowered in French. The Type 57S was full of design details that allowed it to sit closer to the ground. Gondola-shaped frame rails and a modified rear section contributed to that stance as well. Bugatti also installed a lightweight exhaust system, de Ram shock absorbers, and high compression pistons so it had all of the supporting modifications it needed to out-perform the competition.
Like all other 57S Atalante models, this one has its own specific design differences that set it apart from the others. That includes big Scintilla headlamps and fully skirted rear fenders. The combination of stunning coachwork along with exceptional engineering makes this one of the most desirable cars of its kind.
This particular example has won numerous awards at various car shows around the world. It also remains today with its original frame, body, engine, gearbox, differential, and chassis plate. Could it be that $10,000,000 is too little for such a piece of history? Maybe.