A marvelous machinery – the spectacular Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer, manufactured way back in 1937 – has been recently taken home by a bidder that paid $9.73 million during Bonhams’ second annual Amelia Island auction.
Of course, Bonham says this is example here is “the most valuable Bugatti ever sold at auction and the most valuable car ever sold at Amelia Island,” with this particular Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer being a custom body version thanks to British coachbuilder Vanden Plas and wearing chassis number 57541. The unit was sold back in 1937 in New York and even made a trip to the London Motor Show a year later. It packs a 3.3-liter DOHC inline 8 cylinder engine with a Stromberg carburetor, churning out 200 horsepower (147 kilowatts) at 4,500 rpm. All that oomph is being delivered to the wheels via a four-speed manual transmission, with braking power coming from four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
It has entered the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance auction where it started off from 6 million dollars – evidently interest among bidders has been high and it quickly went up to $8 million, with the final bid being placed by a private American collector for a total sum of $9,735,000. The Bugatti did ultimately underscore its estimated value, initially appraised at $11-13 million.