A late Type 57 with Lockheed hydraulic brakes Original body, engine, and chassis Delivered new to Swiss dealer Jean Sechaud Recently restored in its elegant original colours Documented by Pierre-Yves Laugier bhp, 3, cc DOHC inline eight-cylinder engine, four-speed bugatti type 57 coach ventoux transmission, live front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with inverted quarter-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel Lockheed hydraulic drum brakes.
Wheelbase: 3, mm The Bugatti Type 57 was originally offered in four body styles, three of which were named after famous mountain peaks in the Alps: Galibier, Stelvio, and Ventoux.
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The four-seat, two-door Ventoux body was heavily influenced by sketches for the Type 50, and with its Profile style, the Ventoux was easily recognised for its sharply raked windshield. Unlike the Stelvio, which was commonly outsourced to various coachbuilders, the Ventoux had been designed in-house by Jean Bugatti himself. It was approximately the 30th Ventoux built since the beginning ofand it was one of six originally finished in blue and the only one to feature a blue leather interior.
The original owner was Jean Sechaud, of Geneva, Switzerland, who officially took delivery late in September Rene Veit, a trucking contractor in Geneva, was a well-known Bugatti enthusiast of the era, and he is believed to have been the owner for whom this car was registered as GE in The pied piper sold his Bugatti in to E. Allen Henderson, of Marlboro, New Jersey, at which point the car departed Switzerland for the first time in its quarter-century-long life.
Aroundit was sold by Henderson to a talented American engineer from central Pennsylvania, David Trevorrow, who set about returning the car to the road. The paint was stripped from the singed panels, and the wiring loom was renewed.
After completion of the work, the car was actually driven on the road inbut its restoration was never finished. Importantly, some of its body panels still retain their original stamping ofidentifying it as one of the final third-series Ventoux bodies produced.
The car was found to still be in very good mechanical condition overall, as it was running with proper oil pressure and compression, and its brakes were rebuilt.
Every component of the car was dismantled and properly refinished to return it to its original condition and appearance. Just over 22, kilometres are recorded on the odometer, and given its use mainly around Geneva for so much of its life, this may well be its original mileage from new.
This is a wonderful example of one of the latest and best Ventouxes, as it has fascinating known history and has been preserved by loving enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Addendum Please note this car has recently received a new interior during its restoration and the original will be sent to the new owner.
Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coach – sold for €, The car offered for auction is approximately the tenth from a series of around. Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coup Chassis no. and, in the case of this car, handsomely complemented by two-tone tan and brown coach livery.