1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Competition Roadster
FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF UWE HUCKE,
2003 QUAIL LODGE BEST IN CLASS
IN ITS DECEMBER 1936 ISSUE titled “The Bugatti of 1937” the
British publication Motor Sport extolled the qualities of the Type 57S “Competition”, stating “There is no production car which better makes use of experience gleaned from racing-car construction than the 3.3 litre Bugatti.” Indeed, the Type 57S represented a significant achievement in automotive engineering and design. Beyond its “avante garde” styling, in its supercharged form Bugatti Type 57SC was one of the fastest road cars in the world – capable of speeds in excess of 135 mph. Evolutionary to the prototype “Aérolithe” that Bugatti unveiled at the 1935 Paris Auto Salon, the Type 57S was a sports version of the standard Type 57 constructed on a short-wheelbase surbaissé, or “low” chassis. With the Type 57S Bugatti produced a car with a low center of gravity and low profile by threading the car’s rear axle through the frame rails in a move that was, at once, sophisticated and elegant. Bugatti produced few more than 40 Type 57Ss, making it one of the most exclusive, and highly sought after Bugattis models ever built.
Acquired from Bugatti authority Uwe Hucke, Peter Mullin and Jim Hull directed the British firm of Crosthwaite & Gardiner to produce this replica body work in the form of the celebrated Paris-to-Nice Type 57SC Competition Roadster with a contemporary frame and significant quantities of factory Bugatti parts. Over three decades Peter and Merle Mullin have enjoyed many hours driving this car in races and rallies around the globe.
Coachbuilder: Crosthwaite & Gardiner
Chassis No. 57492
Production: See Text
Engine No. 9S
Inline Eight-Cylinder Engine
170 BHP At 5,500 RPM
3,257 CC Supercharged
Double Overhead Camshafts
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Solid Front Axle With Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs And Telescopic Shocks. Live Rear Axle With Reversed Quarter-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Telescopic Shock Absorbers.
4-Wheel Hydraulically-Operated Drum Brakes