1937 Bugatti 57SC sells for record $9.7 million
The car spent the war well-sheltered from the Nazis in France before moving back to England.Post-war, it was sold on to Jack Robinson, a jolly colonial car-head in Trinidad, and spent thirty years in the tropics. Then it came back to the States, where it is now.The Bugatti Type 57 and later variants (including the famous Atlantic and Atalante) was an entirely new design by Jean Bugatti, son of founder Ettore. Type 57s were built from 1934 through 1940, with a total of 710 examples produced.Most Type 57s used a twin-cam 3,257 cc engine based on that of the Type 49 but heavily modified by Jean Bugatti. Unlike thechain-drive twin-cam engines of the Type 50 and 51, the 57's engine used gears to transmit power from the crankshaft.