The Best of Amelia Island 2015
Sold for $2,337,500 on March 14, 2015
Body Style 3912. 160 bhp, 3,257 cc dual
overhead-camshaft inline eight-cylinder
engine with a Roots-type supercharger,
four-speed manual gearbox, solid front
axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs,
solid rear axle with quarter-elliptic leaf
springs, and four-wheel Lockheed dual
master hydraulic drum brakes.
Wheelbase: 130 in.
One of three extant Aravis Cabriolets
Desirable supercharged specification
The 2012 Amelia Island Best of Show winner
Documented by Bugatti historian
|1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Cabriolet by Gangloff|
Chassis 57710 is one of only three extant
examples of the Aravis Cabriolet by Gangloff that were built in 1938 and
1939. Like other Bugatti bodies, the Aravis was named after a beautiful
mountain range, and it was designated as a 2/3-seater cabriolet when it
was first offered in the 1938 catalogue. Only Gangloff and Letourneur et
Marchand were allowed to dub their 2/3-seater cabriolets the Aravis, and
it is believed that each coachbuilder produced six of these bodies, of
which three by Gangloff survive, as do three by Letourneur et Marchand.
This car is based on a Gangloff drawing, number 3912, which is dated October 7, 1938, and a copy of this drawing is in the carís file as part of a report prepared by Bugatti historian Pierre-Yves Laugier. According to Gangloff records, the order for this Aravis Cabriolet, style number 3912, was placed by the Piot Garage, under number 235, and it was delivered there in November 1938, with chassis 57710 and a naturally aspirated engine, number 510. According to the Bugatti factory list of agents, the Piot Garage was located in Dijon, France.
On November 5, 1938, chassis number 57710 was officially registered in the name of its first private owner, Mr. Fernand Rey of Dijon, who was the proprietor of a pharmaceutical company, and it was licensed under the number 700 DU 4. A copy of the registration record, which is also on file, contains a note indicating that the car was sent to the south of France at the beginning of the war, and it likely remained there for the rest of the conflict.