A Bugatti Type 57SC with unique body work by British coachbuilders Vanden Plas has been sold for a record $9.735 Million at the Bonhams auction at Amelia Island in Florida.
The Bugatti in question started life as a Type 57S chassis no. 57541 which was then handed over to British coach-builder Vanden Plas who put a four-seat touring-roadster body no. 3595 on the chassis.
The body embodies the typical classic minimalist British style with sporting cut-down doors which makes it look quite a bit different from the the other Type 57's still around.
To make the 57S into a 57SC, the car was fitted with a roots type supercharger like the ones found in the original 57SC in 1985 when the car was undergoing a restoration.
Under the long bonnet sits a 3,257cc supercharged straight eight engine that produced 200bhp which sent its power to the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission. The Type 57SC uses fully hydraulic drum brakes on all 4 wheels to bring it to a stop. The suspension setup uses low slung leaf springs.
So this or 3 brand new Chirons plus a handy bit of change.