Blue Devil: 1937 Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer


Words by: JPS for duncan quinn

“A grand prix car in touring guise” is one expert opinion on this ridiculously gorgeous 1937 Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer with one-off coachwork by Vanden Plas

coming up for auction at Bonhams’ second annual Amelia Island Auction on March 10. The “Blue Devil” as we’ve come to think of it could get knocked down for a cool $13 million, as the 57SC’s are regarded by many as the greatest and most collectible of all pre-war automobiles. They rarely come up for auction as a result, and this one is Bugatti blue is a real scene-stealer.


Rare, luxurious and extremely fast, the Type 57S was considered the ultimate automobile of its day, with its sophisticated surbaissé low-slung chassis, dry sump lubrication and distinct V-shaped radiator. The example on offer was originally displayed at the London Motor Show at Olympia. Not just a showroom queen however, the car also went on to race in New York and, after World War II, in Trinidad where, in the words of Bugatti historian, Pierre-Yves Laugier, its owner “made the XK120 Jaguars pay dearly.” And so shall you if you want to park this beauty in your garage…


Words by JPS for duncan quinn