It’s one of just three examples ever produced.

On March 11, 2017, RM Sotheby’s will hold its annual Amelia Island auction at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in northeast Florida. Per usual, there should be no shortage of rare and spectacular cars on display – but maybe none more amazing than this 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet.

One of just three examples ever made, it wears the original bodywork of Parisian coachbuilder Vanvooren. It’s never been fully restored – further adding to the appeal – and is said to be the only privately-owned example of its kind, still retaining its original chassis, body, engine, and gearbox. Changing hands a number of times in its history, its enjoyed a short string of long-term owners, mostly based in the U.K., and comes with all of its original documentation. It's also the first time it's being offered at an auction setting in its 80-year history.

1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet


Early estimates suggest it could go for as much as $8.5M when the gavel drops in March. At that price, it would be one of the most expensive Bugatti vehicles to ever sell at an auction setting, rivaling the Type 57SC Atalante, which sold for $8.7M in at Pebble Beach in 2013, and the 57SC Sports Tourer that sold last year at Amelia Island for $9.7M.

Alongside the rare Bugatti will be a host of other collectible classics, including a 1930 Stutz Model M Supercharged Coupe with bodywork by Lancefield Coachworks that’s expected to fetch $1M, and a 1933 Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton that could go for upwards of $500,000. They’ll all be on display when RM Auctions opens its doors on March 11, 2017, at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Source: RM Sotheby's

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Photos: Darin Schnabel / RM Sotheby's

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