Lot 131

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1936 Bugatti Type 57 Two-Light Ventoux

SOLD $885,000


$900,000 - $1,100,000





Car Highlights

The Last of Just Six Two-Light Ventoux Coupes Built
Delivered New to France; Documented Provenance from New Original Jean Bugatti-Designed Coachwork and Matching-Numbers Engine per Factory Records
Displayed in the Featured Bugatti Class at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®
Presented in Striking Color Scheme with Beautifully Preserved Interior
Offered from the Collection of a Respected American Bugatti Enthusiast

Technical Specs

3,257 CC DOHC Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Single Stromberg UUR-2 Carburetor
135 BHP at 5,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Solid Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Shock Absorbers
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Shock Absorbers

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Highly Original, Largely Unrestored Condition | One of Six Examples BuiltEugene Labeque, Cramoisy, France (acquired new via Quicray in 1936)Marcel Dony, Paris, France (acquired circa 1955)Gaston Docime, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (acquired from the above in 1956)Jean De Dobbeleer, Belgium (acquired from the above in 1957)Lyman Greenlee, Anderson, Indiana (acquired from the above in 1957)Jack Doney, San Jose, California (acquired from the above in 1958)Bill Hinds, California (acquired from the above in 1983)Peter Irlenborn, Novato, California (acquired from the above in 1984)Don Stephan, Nevada (acquired from the above in 1995)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2001)

International Bugatti Rally, Vermont, 1995Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, 2009International Bugatti Rally, Monterey, 2010International Bugatti Rally, Saratoga, New York, 2018

Unveiled in 1934, the Type 57 is widely regarded as a masterpiece from the hand of Jean Bugatti. The successor to the popular Type 49, the new Bugatti was powered by a magnificent 3.3-liter twin-cam straight-eight engine and represented the ultimate in automotive performance and design. Bugatti continually refined the Type 57, resulting in three distinct series of chassis. The second-series chassis – introduced in 1936 and underpinning the car presented here – featured a strengthened rear axle, cross-braced frame, rubber engine mounts, and upgraded brakes, among other improvements.

According to Bugatti factory records, this Type 57, chassis 57469, was assembled in November 1936 and equipped with engine 350. This was the last of six Type 57 chassis to be fitted with the elegant Two-Light Ventoux coachwork, which was, in this application, tastefully finished in Bleu Foncé (Dark Blue) with Havana leather and beige carpeting. This body style, penned by the great Jean Bugatti and constructed at the Molsheim factory, is a striking, avant-garde design characterized by its steeply raked windscreen, flowing lines, and blind rear quarter, which distinguishes the Two-Light variant from the standard Ventoux Coupe.

In December 1936, the new Type 57 was delivered to Quicray, the official Bugatti agent at the Place de la Gare in Clermont, France, and sold to its first owner, Eugene Labeque of Cramoisy. By 1939, M. Labeque had sold the Ventoux, and its next recorded owner was Marcel Dony of Paris. Gaston Docime of Neuilly-sur-Seine purchased 57469 in 1956 and sold it the next year to Belgian Bugatti dealer Jean De Dobbeleer.

In 1957, M. De Dobbeleer sold the Ventoux to Lyman Greenlee of Anderson, Indiana, a vintage car dealer who specialized in Bugattis during the 1950s and 1960s. Mr. Greenlee owned a variety of fascinating Type 57s, including another of the rare Two-Light Ventoux Coupes (57400). From there, the Bugatti passed to Jack Doney, a resident of San Jose, California, who kept the car for the next 25 years and repainted it bright blue with red wheels.

Two other California owners followed and, in 1995, the Type 57 was acquired by Don Stephan, who drove the Ventoux in the International Bugatti Rally held in Grafton, Vermont.

In 2001, 57469 was sold to the current owner, a passionate enthusiast and longstanding member of the American Bugatti Club. Early in his ownership, he entrusted the Ventoux to Colour Restorations in Loveland, Colorado, where it was finished in an appropriate two-tone dark blue and black paint scheme. While the car was in Colorado, the original, matching-numbers engine was sent to marque specialist Jim Stranberg at High Mountain Classics for a complete rebuild. Although the car benefited from some cosmetic and mechanical attention, a concerted effort was made to preserve the many outstanding original details, particularly in the interior, which retains nearly all of its unrestored and beautifully patinated upholstery, trim, and instrumentation. Only the front seats have been recovered, but the original hides have been retained and accompany the sale.

Since this work was carried out, 57469 has been displayed in the featured Bugatti Class at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, driven regularly, and maintained by marque expert Scott Sargent of Sargent Metal Works in Bradford, Vermont. In a recent conversation, Mr. Sargent reported that the Ventoux is in outstanding condition and possesses the character and performance that are hallmarks of a well cared-for, fundamentally original car.

With timeless styling and sophisticated engineering, the Type 57 is the ultimate road-going Bugatti and enjoys sought-after status among today’s collectors. This particular car, which features the improved secondseries chassis and exceedingly rare Two-Light Ventoux bodywork, is an outstanding representative of the marque and model.

Presented here is a well-documented Type 57 that has benefited from the care of devoted owners since it was delivered in France eight decades ago. Prepared and maintained by respected Bugatti specialists, and retaining its original chassis, engine, and coachwork, 57469 has proved itself on both the open road and the concours lawn.

For the collector in search of a superb example of the iconic Type 57 Bugatti, we encourage serious consideration of this outstanding and highly original Two-Light Ventoux.