Bugatti celebrates legacy at Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance
At the recent 2023 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, one of the world’s most famous collector car events, a highlight was Bugatti’s celebration of its legendary Type 57 coupe.
The 1938 Coupe de Ville first appeared at the event in 1950. This year the carmaker showed off six examples of the iconic model, with two being named “Most Elegant Closed Car” and “Most Elegant Open Car.” The event showcases rare and extraordinary cars from around the globe, which are then judged for their condition, beauty and history by a panel of experts.
One of the two-seater Bugattis belonged to German film star and skier Hella Hartwich, who ordered the chassis and commissioned Franay to design the cabriolet body. Later, it was owned by French filmmaker Jean Rouch, who drove it until the end of his life. It is now maintained by the Evergreen Historic Automobiles Association in Lebanon, Missouri.
The open-car winner was a 57S Corsica Open Sports model, in black paint and cream leather interior, that was commissioned by German-British shipping magnate Robert Ropner in the 1930s.