White Bugatti Cabriolet Type 57SC from 1938 by Vanvooren

White Bugatti Cabriolet Type 57SC from 1938, eight cylinders, 3257 cc, 210 HP, 215 km/h. This Bugatti is one of the few models produced by Vanvooren which lowered chassis.

Carrosserie Vanvooren was a French Coachbuilder based in the north-western Paris suburb of Courbevoie. The company concentrated on producing car bodies for luxury cars, being closely associated, during the 1930s, with the products of Hispano-Suiza, Bugatti, Rolls-Royce and Bentley.

The Type 57S/SC variants are some of the most iconic Bugatti cars. The “S” stood for “Surbaissé” (“Lowered”) and the “C” for “Compresseur” (a supercharger introduced by Bugatti as a result of customers’ desire for increased power). It included a V-shaped dip at the bottom of the radiator and mesh grilles on either side of the engine compartment.

Lowering the car was a major undertaking. The rear axle now passed through the rear frame rather than riding under it, and a dry-sump lubrication system was required to fit the engine under the new low hood. The 57S had a nearly-independent suspension in front, though Ettore despised that notion.

Just 43 “Surbaissé” cars and only two supercharged Type 57SC’s were originally manufactured. But most 57S owners wanted the additional power afforded by the blower.

Therefore, most of the original Type 57S cars returned to Molsheim for the installation of a supercharger, pushing output from 175 hp (130 kW) to 200 hp (150 kW) and 190 km/h (120 mph).

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