Amelia Island Time Capsules: $903k 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Roadster — Leaves Me Cold — Find Out Why?

Plowing through my gigantic Amelia Island photo folders. =]

1937 Bugatti Type 57C Roadster -- Leaves Me Cold GIF

Not only do I rarely meet a Bugatti I do not like — I think the Amelia Island 2014 event was the first time I have ever touched any Bugatti, whatsoever!

Therefore, you can imagine my internal surprise at my blase feelings toward this magnificent 1939 57C — which were less than positive.

I just didn’t like it. The color seemed off, the coachwork overwrought, and certainly not nearly as stunning, genuine and authentically-desirable as the racecars across the room.

1937 Bugatti Type 57C Roadster -- Leaves Me Cold GIF 2

I blamed poor lighting on day one due to the car being inside and in a corner. But day two the 57C was jabbed by another auto hack — is it a recreation!?

This is not 100-percent true. The $903,000 total is certainly far from cheap — and there are indeed real Bugatti bones under these flowing panels.

But the car is a bit of a mind-meld, however, since it did not acquire these panels until the 1990s in America. Done in the style of Figoni et Falaschi — this is something of a millionaire’s Delehaye.

The saddest part about the recreated bodywork is that this 57C originally work coachwork by Vanvooren (until the 1950s, RM believes). Vanvooren is best known in my book for his Round Door Coupe Rolls-Royce.  This is not correct, but the Round Door Rolls is still awesome.

RR 1925-34 Round Door Phantom Coupe ANIMATED GIFhttp://www.car-revs-daily.com/2013/12/27/iconic-classic-192534-rolls-royce-phantom-door-aero-coupe-peterson-museum/

 

Malcolm Pray owned and commissioned the bodywork of this 57C, which still beats with its original supercharged straight-eight heart. (I also was not a fan of Mr. Pray’s $6.6-million-bringing Delehaye in the same room. Just something that really left me cold with both cars.)

How cold? I only took one photo of this Delehaye — and it was the top-earning car of the whole weekend. I took more accidental photos of my shoes.

Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 26

Even in the light of day via RM Auctions amazing photography, this car still does not really push my buttons or tug my heartstrings. It is too perfect-seeming for me to really fall hard.

Keep in mind, my dream classic is a beat-up old Lancia Lambda 8. So I like a lot of patina, as they say in the auction business.

Wealth Dreams -- 1930 Lancia Lambda 8 Sports Tourer 2GIFhttp://www.car-revs-daily.com/2014/02/12/lambda-dreams-1930-lancia-lambda-8-sports-tourer-calling/

Then again, what do I know? My Subaru has two bent wheels and an overboosting turbocharger. So, consider the source if this Bugatti is a home run in your eyes.

Indoor 57C photography: Tom Burkart

Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 1 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 2 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 3 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 4 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 5 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 6 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 7 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 8 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 9 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 10 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 11 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 12 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 13 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 14 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 15 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 16 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 17 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 18 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 19 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 20 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 21 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 22 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 23 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 24 Car-Revs-Daily.com 1939 Bugatti 57C Roadster 25

Outdoor 57C Photos c/o RM Auctions. Thankyou.

1937 Bugatti Type 57C Roadster -- Leaves Me Cold GIF 2