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Num: C57

Bugatti’s early is filled with achievements on the prix circuits of Europe. And out of that achievement on the track come some truly touring automobiles blending performance, handling and comfort. By the when the intrigue of aerodynamics came to the fore, Bugatti really add the allure with its stylish designs.

The canvas for new enthusiasm of science-inspired art would be the Type 57 chassis. By the time the 57 came into the public the luxury car market had greatly due to the Depression that had befallen of the nations of the west at the time. But many automobile manufacturers see this as a time to cut costs and to in some creative efforts, and his son Jean, would see this as an to create one of the most unmistakable of all time.

Only one source inspire such imprudent Inspired by the grand legends of the mythology, Jean would set designing some truly bodies to set atop the Type 57 Influenced by the story of Atalanta, would create his Atalante style with its tall, Bugatti grille and beautifully-rounded cabin and rear end.

around 40 examples of the Atalante ever be designed and built by One of them would be chassis And, fittingly, this would be first delivered to a son of a shipping tycoon.

Nicholas Stamati Embiricos his family’s wealth to fund his for automobiles and was himself a gentleman Nicholas had a couple of cars he used quite frequently in He would use a Corsica-bodied Bugatti 57S as well as an ex-works ERA.

racing career would to an end, however, when he suffer an accident in the 1937 Grand Prix that nearly take his life.

would decide to stay a marque he had grown familiar he decided to replace his 3.5-liter Therefore, he would approach Sorel, the manager of the London agency, to place an order for a 57C.

Chassis 57766 be completed in Molsheim in November of and then, would be sent to in Colmar, France where it its Stelvio coachwork. Considering it was built, the finished automobile have some particular over previous series of the 57C. It would be complete Bugatti-Lockheed hydraulic drum tubular shock absorbers and engine mounts.

Soon completion, the car would be shipped to where it would meet up its new owner. Registered in the UK as ‘FXF 57766 would remain Embiricos until he had it shipped to his residence in Palm Beach, in 1941. The Bugatti would find itself in a foreign and all alone when, in July of Embiricos died in his Fairchild 24 near Matunuck, Rhode

Following Nicholas’ death, the car be sold to Ray Murray. Murray had a Type 57 Atalante, just not Liking the bodywork gracing his Bugatti, but liking the supercharged of the one he had just bought, would Murray to make the decision to the two chassis trade bodywork.

the conclusion of World War II, Murray decide to sell both of his 57s. Some point the decision would be made would decide to switch the back to their original Now once again whole, would be sold to Al Garthwaite of Pennsylvania.

Garthwaite was well amongst the ARCA and SCCA and would later own ALGAR, a Ferrari importer. Known as a man enjoyed refined automobiles, the 57C fit in well with his impressive

57766 wouldn’t just sit as part of some collection, And, in June of 1949 it be one of just 17 cars ready to part in the 100-mile Bridgehampton Races. Relying on the power the supercharged 3.3-liter engine, and the Atalante would be impressive but ultimately fail to reach the end as a of a broken connecting rod.

The car would be repaired and would end up just one of a handful of pre-war to enter the Mt. Equinox Hillclimb in on the 29th of July in 1950. being at an age disadvantage, the Atalante perform well setting the 8th time.

The car would continue to part in competitive races and and would continue to see regular use in Garthwaite’s possession. However, the car not remain with Garthwaite and Dr. Samuel Scher would be its owner.

Soon after, would part with the deciding to sell it to John Straus, the grandson of the founder of Macy Company.

The purchase of the by Straus certainly seemed to sense given his vast in French culture and anything 57766 would remain of Straus’ extensive collection of until 1962 when it was in a suburban garage and practically about for nearly 50 years.

57766 would remain until 2007 when the estate needed to be settled. The would be opened and the Bugatti all over again. Completely and well preserved, the Type 57C seemed ready to run, after several layers of had been blown from its body.

Following its discovery, an east collector would come and snap the car up. Though unrestored, the car be presented as part of the Pre-war class at the 2007 Pebble Concours d’Elegance and would be honored in a special ‘barn exhibit at the Saratoga Automobile

One year later, 57766 be sold to its current owner and be immediately entrusted to Sargent of Fairlee, Vermont for a complete This would prove to be a exciting opportunity’ for Sargent as this particular Bugatti be surprisingly untouched and sound. would recall, ‘It had painted several times due to storage, was mechanically fragile, but was there.’

Not only was everything but it matched. The engine, rear transmission and front-axle all had matching components still fitted! On top of the Atalante body would be to be highly original inside and

Sargent would exclaim, have never seen coachwork that was so correct and throughout.’ He would go on to state this Bugatti ‘is one of the very best representatives of Bugatti’s classic Atalante. In my it is one of the all-time great automotive

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Original interior fittings need to be simply cleaned and to look practically brand A good amount of the wood even had the preservative paint it, and therefore, enabled the restoration to proceed quickly and without trouble.

O’Donnell Classics would be contracted to finish the car when it had finally prepped for paint. Classics would then the decision to finish the car in a black and livery giving 57766 a period-correct appearance.

Every would be addressed throughout the The result would be a highly-original car back to the peak of its appearance, with a highly-preserved interior, engine and rebuilt gearbox, end, suspension and braking Even the proper etching on the glass to the correct hand-scraped in the engine bay would be applied to the

When it was all said and done, would emerge at the 2011 Beach Concours d’Elegance, the event it had appeared un-restored years earlier. The reaction be nothing but praise and great By the end of the event, 57766 would Second in Class and would the honor of besting two other Type 57s.

Just as as it emerged from hiding and the Type 57 Bugatti would be away. Its only other since Pebble Beach the 2012 Saratoga Invitational. would be a special moment and be rewarded with a Best in honor.

But now, at the 2013 Company auction in Scottsdale, the 1938 Bugatti Type 57C chassis 57766 will be once again. However, time, this timeless will provide an individual a opportunity to own one of the most original Type 57s in all the world.

Obviously a classic automobile in all and an extraordinary example in every this Type 57C must be amongst the very best of all the Bugattis. And as such, 57766 is to draw between $1,400,000 and at auction.


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