1937 Bugatti 57SC sells for record $9.7 million

bug2 It’s not just that the car has had the good fortune to bear a beautiful provenance in a string of the last century’s most dashing and devoted owners. It’s that the thing is – from its classic pigeon-toed negative-camber tires to its obligatory leather strap-and-buckle across the hood – insanely, celestially beautiful.  Revered by collectors, the 57SC is considered the classicist’s classic.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. There were two basic variants of the Type 57 car: