|Exceptional period-style coachwork
Immaculate concours-winning Alan Taylor restoration
Documented by marque historians Pierre Yves-Laugier and Kees Jansen
Type 57 chassis number 57156 was assembled in June 1934 with engine number 48.
This rolling chassis was originally a four-door sedan.
In 1936 the car was rebuilt by the factory, with a new, updated second-series frame of the same number, 57156, still noted as retaining engine number 48.
A local Belgian coachbuilder then produced a new two-passenger cabriolet body for 57156. At this time the car was also upgraded to the latest and best specifications, including the installation of hydraulic brakes.
The rear axle and gearbox are both original and authentic replacements from other Type 57s.
The Bugatti was subsequently exported to the United States in 1955 and it has been fully restored by Alan Taylor Company of Escondido, California since 2013.
As part of the restoration, the car was redesigned with new fenders, door skins, hood, and trim, beautifully hewn in aluminum, as well as numerous other improved details, such as the addition of a wine basket and beautifully crafted fitted luggage, which stow vertically behind the seats, and a Type 57C-style dashboard.
The finish of the leather, woodwork, and paint is all spectacular and a tribute to its restorers’ craftsmanship.
The cabriolet has been judged Best of Show Pre-war in 2013 and also received the People’s Choice award in 2014. It also has been a First Prize winner (no. 3176) in Classic Car Club of America National judging.
It is presented in beautiful condition.