A vintage find 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe shone at the Bonhams Retromobile auction held last February 7 in Paris. The vintage wonder was discovered inside a British garage and was sold to the highest bidder for approximately $4.4 million.
While Bonhams failed to give information on the Bugatti’s new owner, Bonhams stated that the selling price of the 1937 Bugatti is 3,417,500 Euros. There are only 17 copies of the Type 57S Atalante Coupe at present. The one sold at the Paris auction was initially owned by the President of the British Racing Drivers Club, Earl Howe. The model was passed from one owner to another until in 1955 it was bought by Dr Harold Carr of England. It was reported that the vintage car was kept in his garage in the 1960s and did not run for a very long time. In 2007, after Carr’s death, the Bugatti was rediscovered.
The new owner of the Bugatti Type 57S can either retain the present condition of the vintage vehicle or have the car restored, starting with the engine of 57502 that, as speculated by many, has not run in more than 50 years. The new owner now gets the opportunity of testing and running the vintage engine and hear it purr the way it’s first owner, Earl Howe, was delighted by the turbine-like sound in 1937.
The Bugatti’s Type 57S was considered as the ultimate sport car of the pre-war years. Truly, the Bugatti Type 57S is a remarkable retro car for all vintage automobile fans. I’m sure the vintage car insurance for this baby will kill the bank a little more if the new owner is actually thinking of driving this baby…
These kind of cars aren’t sold in online car auctions — but YOU might be able to get a bargain on the interweb!