1938 Bugatti Stelvio Drophead


Engine: 3,257 cc twin overhead cam
inline eight-cylinder with Roots supercharger
Gearbox: Four-speed manual
Power output: 160 HP with top speed of 120 mph
Wheelbase: 130”

About our 1938 Bugatti Stelvio Drophead

Our 1938 Bugatti is a beautiful addition to our classic collection. The unique styling and its signature curves make it a standout automobile. The beautiful Stelvio drophead coachwork was executed by Gangloff. All components are original to this car including the Roots supercharger. Fully restored and meticulously maintained, this wonderful car is always admired and welcomed at any and all motoring events.

History of the 1938 Bugatti 57C Stelvio Drophead

When Jean Bugatti took his mind off creating a car purely for the race circuit, he created his final and most lasting legacy, the Type 57. With this hallmark luxury automobile he succeeded in retaining the racing chassis and powertrain while offering a level of comfort even the most discriminating elite could appreciate. Producing 160 HP for the supercharged ‘C ‘model with a top speed of 120 mph, it never disappointed enthusiasts. In fact, a race-modified type 57 placed first at LeMans in 1939 representing Bugatti’s crowning achievement in its mechanical evolution.

This car spent most of its early life in Johannesburg South Africa under the loving ownership of the first Bugatti dealer in the country, Mr. Jean Strauss. Mr. Strauss owned many Bugatti’s himself but this one was his favorite subject. This car has a complete record of its history from his early acquisition to the present. Many fascinating details were learned and discussed between he and the factory. Reams of documents on company letterhead as well as many exportation papers for the car’s travel to other countries is a testament to its pure ownership history. One can only imagine a lifestyle in that period where moving your precious car around the world with you was a requirement!