The Bugatti Type 57 and later variants (including the famous Atlantic
and Atalante) was an entirely new design created by Jean Bugatti, son of
founder Ettore. Type 57s were built from 1934 through 1940, with a total
of 710 examples produced.
Type 57s used a twin-cam 3,257 cc engine based on that of the Type 49
but heavily modified by Jean Bugatti, unlike the single cam engines of
the Type 49 and earlier models. The engines of the Type 50, 51 used
bevel gears at the front of the engine to transmit power from the
crankshaft, whereas the Type 57 used a train of spur gears at the rear
of the engine, with fibre gear wheels on the camshafts to achieve more
silence in operation.
The famous, 57S-based, 57G Tank won the 1936 French Grand Prix, as well
as the 1937 24 Hours of Le Mans. Three 57G Tanks were produced. Chassis
number 57335, the Le Mans winner, is the only one known to exist and is
currently on display at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in
This diecast model by IXO was sourced from a private collector in April