At the Bohnams Legends of the Road auction, a rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57S will go under the hammer, which is estimated to sell for between € 5,600,000 and € 7,900,000.
The car was commissioned by Sir Robert Ropner, a member of the family shipping company Ropner Shipping Line. The frame of this Type 57S is of a special light type and was made especially for the participation in the French Grand Prix of 1936 – which it won. In addition, he ran for the Bugatti world speed record the same year, being the only one of the three Type 57G “Tank” to compete for the record and survived unscathed.
It was then specially modified to Ropner specifications by London-based Corsica Coachworks, which held it for a few years before being taken over by Rodney Clarke, founder of the British Connaught Grand Prix racing team. The last buyer was in 1969 the former Bugatti engineer, Bill Turnbull, who since then never took the car off the road and kept it in his workshop.
This is located in North Staffordshire, England, where it began its reconstruction. Bonhams says the rebuild was almost complete by the time Turnbull died in 2020, so the car only needs a partial reassembly.
Mechanically, the Bugatti Type 57S wears a 3.3-liter engine, which made the 57S the fastest car of its time.
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