Coupé Ventoux 57 VUTOTAL 1937
Black colour with beige leather
Chassis n° 57399 Engine n° 303
"Vutotal" (windscreen) Carrossery by Labourdette in 1937. Exceptional
original condition. 65 years old, but never restaured No Rust anywhere.
Very dry car. Wonderfull original looking under the car. Paint of the
front hood has many very small bubbles as if it was covered with a plastic
cover in the past. Perfect bumpers and calender. Nice original intérior.
Leather is not dry. Driver seat has 3 stains. Original carpets are nice.
Dash board is perfect. Doors pannels are nice. Ceiling cloth is good and
pretty. Perfect original shape under the hood. Nice looking with stickers
of maintenance. Exhaust pipe is good. Tyres are OK. Actual owner owns
the car since 1985 and drove only about 1.000km Original Engine is perfect
condition. Car didn't moved a lot for 2 years.
Paper article about the car:
The most celebrated sports-touring model produced by Bugatti, the succes
of the Type 57 is revealed by the production figures: some 680 examples
of all models were produced between 1934-40, and the postwar T101 was
based on the T57 chassis. This unrestaured example of one of the most
elegant catalogued variants of the T57, the Ventoux fixed-head coupé,
described by that great Bugatti authority the late Hugh conway as "a
credit to Jean Bugatti'simagination and the skill of French coach-workerrs",
left Bugatti's Molsheim works on 15 may 1936 destined for a M Kampman,
who then commissioned his own personal touches to create a uniquely elegant
machine. Worried by the thickness of the screen pillars framing the steeply-raked
windscreen of his Ventoux, M Kampman entrusted his car to the aristocrat
of French coachbuilders, Jean-Henri Labourdette, and requested him to
modify the car in line with his brillant new "Vutotal"principle,
revealed at the 1936 Paris Salon. At the same time Labourdette revised
the shape of the wings, fitted extra brightwork and added front and rear
The Vutotal design used a hardened glass windscreen bolted to the scuttle
and to the roof, completely eliminating the intrusive screen pillars "in
the same way that reinforced concrete has allowad the construction of
exhibition halls without columns...
allowing you to admire without constraints the spectacle of nature".
The Result was sensational - and at least as strong as conventional construction
- but proved too revolutionary for more than a handful of enlightened
customers. One other Bugatti with
Labourdette Vutotal coachwork survives, in th French National Motor Museum
at Mulhouse, making this Striking T57 the only known example in private
ownership. this unique "Ventoux Vutotal" is finished in black,
with beige leather interior - it' original
specification - and is said to have free-turning engine and transmission.
The car has French papers.