This is a special car. Sure, all real Bugattis (i.e. made by Ettore Bugatti, not the 1,000+ HP ego exercise by VW’s Ferdinand Piech) are special but this 1938 Type 57 is one of only four T57s bodied with an Aravis Drophead Coupe body by Gangloff. Gangloff was Ettore Bugatti’s preferred coachbuilder, in part because of the quality of their work but also, their workshop in Colmar, Alsace was not far from Molsheim. Acquired by the “Off Brothers”, Bill Johnston and Ron Elenbaas of Richmond, Michigan in 2006 for $1.375 million, the 57 then underwent a meticulous two year restoration before going on the competitive show circuit.
Like I said, all Bugattis are special, but the restoration was to a very high level and this car won Best of Show at Amelia Island last year and at the Glenmoor Gathering in 2011. These photographs were taken at the 2012 Concours of America at St. John’s, where the car won Best In Class for Pre-War European. The car is a driver. Towards that end, during the restoration the car was upgraded to 57C specifications with the addition of a Bugatti supercharger.