RM Sotheby’s has started lining up its consignments for its Amelia Island auction this coming March, and the highlight will surely be the Bugatti you see here.
A rare Type 57S Cabriolet from 1937, chassis number 57513 is one of only three ever made with bodywork by Parisian coachbuilder Vanvooren. Never completely restored, this Bugatti is highly original and well-documented, and is now being offered for auction for the first time in its 80-year history.
Given its elegance, rarity, and history, RM expects the Bugatti to bring in a solid $8.5 million when the gavel drops at its 19th annual auction at the northeastern Florida venue. That’s within spitting distance of the $.87 million paid for a Type 57SC Atalante in 2013 at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in 2013, and the 57SC Sports Tourer that Bonhams sold at Amelia Island last year for $9.7 million.
The French cabrio won’t be the only pre-war classic up for grabs at the event, though. Joining it will be a 1930 Stutz Model M Supercharged Coupe with bodywork by Lancefield Coachworks. Impressive and imposing, it’s tipped to sell for upwards of $1 million. There’ll also be a 1933 Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton, one of the few of its kind to have survived in tact, valued at $400-500k.