From early 1934 until the outbreak of the war in September 1939, the automotive output from Bugatti's Molsheim factory was almost exclusively devoted to the Type 57 model and its later variants. It was never regarded as an outright sports model but rather as a high-performance sporting tourer, which was nevertheless capable of carrying luxurious and commodious coachwork.
Of the Bugatti T57 and the supercharged T57C more than 680 examples are estimated to have been produced in various body styles, designed and built by the factory or by numerous independent coachbuilders. Generally, Type 57s were offered with four bodies: the Ventoux (four-place coupe), the Galibier (four-place, four-door saloon), the Atalante (two-seater) and the Stelvio cabriolet. Stelvio-bodied T57s were in large part bodied by the by French coachbuilder Gangloff. Ettore Bugatti manufactured his automobiles in Molsheim, a town in the Alsace region of France. Located in nearby Colmar, Gangloff was a preferred coachbuilder for Bugatti not only because of its convenient location but also because of the skill possessed by their craftsmen. Alternatively, the cars could still be supplied in completed rolling chassis form so that their agents or clients could select their own coachbuilder to execute the construction to their own personal requirements.
The most popular open car was the Stelvio four-seat cabriolet. Penned by Bugatti, the bodies were built by several coachbuilders, like Gangloff, with slight variations over the years. The Stelvio was offered throughout the entire production run of the Type 57, from introduction in 1934 until 1939.
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