Legendary luxury car brand and supercar manufacturer Bugatti made the Type 57 model for just a few years in the 1930s and produced a mere 710 units during that time. Bugatti cars date back all the way to 1909 when Ettore Bugatti founded the company in Germany. This revolutionary car maker was not an engineer. He was an artist, which helps to explain the impressive styling legend of the Bugatti Type 57 and other models.
While Bugatti made its name as a car manufacturer in racing, they also made some excellent and worthy road cars, including the Bugatti Type 57. The designers, led by Ettore’s son Jean Bugatti, created a car that was both powerful and beautifully styled. The sleek look, swooping lines and roof, and exaggerated fenders were the epitome of a luxury car. The look of the Bugatti Type 57 was representative of the style of the 1930s.
The Bugatti Type 57, as with all Bugatti models was not just about style. The engineers backed up the stunning good looks of this car with impressive performance. The original touring version of the Bugatti Type 57 included a 3.3-liter engine that could put out 135 horsepower and get the vehicle up to 95 miles per hour on the road. The engine was quiet for its time and produced little vibration under the hood. From 1934 to 1937, the car used cable-operated brakes. They were replaced with hydraulics in 1938.
In addition to the standard Bugatti Type 57, the car company made several variations. The 57T had improved performance and a higher maximum speed. The 57C was built for racing and had a supercharger to up the horsepower of the 3.3-liter engine. With a larger engine, the 57C Tank won some major European races. The most famous of the Bugatti Type 57 models was the 57S. These cars were lowered and just 43 of them were produced. In 2008, a 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante sold at Pebble Beach for nearly $8 million.