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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Coupe
Production years: 1936, 1937, 1938

Bugatti Type 57 was one of the most famous vehicles built by the famous French car-maker before WWII. It was introduced as an S-version and, later on, the manufacturer added a supercharger and renamed-it SC.

After winning races around the world, the Bugatti established itself as a car-manufacturer able to produce the finest cars built for speed and endurance. “Le Patron” from the Molsheim factory understood that a lower center of gravity improves the cornering speed. In 1934 Bugatti launched the 57S version, where the S came from the “Sourbaisse”, which means "lowered".

A curved chassis allowed the car to sit lower to the ground and allowed the coachbuilders to create sleeker bodyworks. The long hood, curved fenders, and small cabin made it a performance car that was hard to catch on those times. Some 57S were custom-built, but some had bodies from the Bugatti's Molsheim factory.

The interior was fitted with two seats moved far in the back, just a little bit in front of the rear axle. To do that, the steering column was long and the instrument panel was installed on the other side of the dash panel.

The engine featured a double overhead camshaft (DOHC) with three valves per cylinder (one intake and two exhaust) that offered 135 hp. It was mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox.

BUGATTI Type 57 S 1936-1938
BUGATTI Type 57 S 1936, 1937, 1938
  1 gasoline engine
  • 3.3
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BUGATTI Type 57 S 3.3

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.3
Cylinders
L8
Displacement
3257 cm3
Power
129 KW @ 5500 RPM
175 HP @ 5500 RPM
173 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
137 mph (220 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 4 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
172 in (4369 mm)
Width
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.1/53.1 in (1,349/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
130 in (3302 mm)
Ground Clearance
6 in (152 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2094 lbs (950 kg)
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