The 1934-1940 Bugatti Type 57/57C is the final statement of Bugatti's design philosophy, combining a fine, modern engine with an uncompromisingly "vintage" chassis and a great variety of startlingly styled bodywork. However, this car still has no independent front suspension or synchronized gearbox, but hydraulic brakes were introduced in 1938.

1934 Bugatti Type 57 convertible coupe, part of the 1934-1940 Bugatti Type 57/57C line of collectible cars
1934 Bugatti Type 57 convertible coupe.
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It has splendidly detailed center-lock wire wheels worth $10,000 just to look at! The supercharged 57C (Compresseur) of 1937-1939 could easily best the 57 in top speed -- 110 versus 95 mph. The 1934-1940 Bugatti Type 57/57C is a pure 1930s supercar apart from the old-fashioned road manners. It's immensely desirable now.

Pluses of the 1934-1940 Bugatti Type 57/57C:

  • Magnificent engine
  • Performance, especially the 57C
  • Styling, especially coupes and cabriolets
  • Character and sound
  • Good value today compared with other Bugattis
  • A CCCA Classic

Minuses of the 1934-1940 Bugatti Type 57/57C:

  • Complex and costly to restore
  • Archaic handling/roadholding
  • Not readily available

Production of the 1934-1940 Bugatti Type 57/57C:
630

Specifications of the 1934-1940 Bugatti Type 57/57C:
Wheelbase, inches: 130.0
Length, inches: 172.0

Weight, pounds: Approximately 3,000
Price, new: NA

Engine for the 1934-1940 Bugatti Type 57/57C:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
dohc I-83,257 cc (199 cid)
135/160* 1933-1940

*Net; supercharged (1937-1939)

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