A 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet is estimated to auction off for up to $1.6 million at Gooding and Company’s Geared Online 2020 auction between August 3 and 7.
The Type 57, which was first unveiled to the auto market in 1934, is considered a “Jean Bugatti masterpiece,” according to Gooding and Company, and this specific car has only seen two owners since 1945.
In its previous life, the car was owned by a Dutch textile manufacturer who purchased the vehicle from a Paris concessionaire after World War II, according to the auction house.
In 1949, the vehicle was again sold, this time to “Bugatti enthusiast and expert” Major Rudi van Daalen Wetters. The Wetters family proceeded to keep the Bugatti for 66 years until 2015 when they finally sold the Type 57 to a friend and collector of pre-war French cars.
Its current owner then restored the car with the help of a Bugatti-specialized restorer in Vermont, which gave the car its green finish, and a vintage race car restoration company, which rebuilt the engine to “full 57C specification.”
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