1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Corsica Roadster
‘The car sped along at 80mph with the comfort and quietness one associates with the Type 57… We were quite willing to believe that Jean Bugatti has achieved the 435 kilometres to Paris in just under 1½ hours in the Type 57 – an average of 77mph…’ – Motor Sport, May 1939.
By the early 1930s Ettore Bugatti had established an unrivalled reputation for building cars with outstanding performance on road or track; the world’s greatest racing drivers enjoying countless successes aboard the Molsheim factory’s products and often choosing them for their everyday transport. Although Bugatti is best remembered for its racing models, most of the 6,000-or-so cars produced at the Molsheim factory were touring cars of sporting character. Produced from 1934 to 1940, the Type 57 exemplified Bugatti’s policy of building fast and exciting touring cars possessing excellent handling and brakes.
Because of its lengthy run of success, Ettore Bugatti had remained stubbornly committed to his single-cam engine, only adopting the more advanced double-overhead-camshaft method of valve actuation, after much prompting by his eldest son Jean, on the Type 50 of 1930. From then on Jean Bugatti took greater responsibility for design, his first car being the exquisite Type 55 roadster, a model ranking among the finest sports cars of the 1930s. He followed that with a design of equal stature, the Type 57. A larger car than the Type 55, the Type 57 was powered by a 3.3-litre, double-overhead-camshaft straight eight of modern design, derived from that of the Type 51 Grand Prix car, and was housed in Bugatti’s familiar vintage-style chassis. The range showed the strong influence of Jean Bugatti and at last gave the marque a civilised grande routière to match those of rivals Delage and Delahaye.
The Type 57 was the firm’s most popular model and attracted coachwork of the finest quality executed in a startling variety of styles but was no mere rich man’s plaything, as evidenced by two outright wins at Le Mans. Proof, if it were needed, that ancestral virtues had not been abandoned when creating a car fit to rank alongside Rolls-Royce or Bentley. Its success is revealed by the production figures: some 630 examples of all Type 57 models were produced between 1934 and 1940, and the post-war Type 101 was based on its chassis. However, although many Type 57s were fitted with bespoke bodies, the most popular coachwork was built to Jean Bugatti’s designs by the marque’s preferred carrossier, Gangloff of Colmar, just a few miles from the Bugatti works at Molsheim.
Early Production as it is #69 off the assembly line.
Original numbers matching 283c.i. engine mechanically perfect with no issues. Hard top included and in excellent overall original condition. **VIN on engine matches VIN on body**
This car is in overall remarkable condition for its age. If you are looking for a nearly all original 61′ Vette, there are few others around as nice as this. The original lacquer paint shines bright and brilliant. The original interior is in overall excellent condition with no rips or tears or stains. Car has been in a temperature controlled garage for over 40 years which has saved the car from all the elements and kept it near pristine.
Engine and transmission were rebuilt by Dick Randall at Corvette Specialties in Glendora in August of 94′ at 92,300 miles. The car shifts smoothly and starts right up every time.
This is a single top model with rare and original 2 speed automatic Power glide transmission. A new OEM fuel pump, fuel filter, and fuel lines were all installed in 2017. Every nut/bolt/bracket/clamp is as it came off the assembly line.
This is a well sorted, turn key reliable driver which would make a great show car as an original runner that is a great investment.
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Corvette on Route 66
While traveling on the road, I see many classic cars and signs. I enjoy driving on route 66 to discover the many unusual remnants left on this once mighty cross-country road. This photograph shows a classic red Corvette in front of building with many nostalgic items from the 50’s and 60’s. Many gas station memorability and pumps are found in the remains of this Hackberry, Arizona location. All photographs are original and photographed by artist Bob Estrin.
Real 427/435 roadster factory sidepipe car M21 4 speed. One of 390 built only 40 roadsters built! Numbers matching motor and trans and rear end.Very clean driver number 3 condition needs nothing. Paint still shows nice chrome looks perfect. All original glass and interior. New Torque thrust wheels with knock off spinners new redline radial tires. No rust on frame very dry and solid car. Its not perfect but the price reflects that.
1952 Bentley Mark VI
R-6 cylinder with a displacement of 4600 cc, a power of 160 hp and a manual 4-speed gearbox.
1932 CADILLAC V-16 SPECIAL PHAETON
In 1930, Cadillac stunned the automotive world with the introduction of its breathtaking new sixteen-cylinder models. Sales of the V8 and entry-level LaSalle models were strong in spite of economic hardships, and Cadillac was determined to show its competitors that it was, indeed the Standard of the World. Instantly, the V12 and especially the V16 models catapulted Cadillac to the top of the luxury class. An extraordinary array of coachwork options was available to satisfy the most discriminating buyer, and everything from the body to the engine bay was designed with beauty and elegance. The V12 and V16 engines shared many common components, but it was the V16 with its turbine like smoothness and unprecedented 175 horsepower output that grabbed the headlines.
Subtle changes were made for the 1932 models which included a longer wheelbase, new carburetors, a mechanical fuel pump, heavier axles and larger brakes. Also new for 1932 were adjustable shock absorbers operated from the dashboard to further tune the ride to satisfy passengers. All Cadillac transmissions were fitted with quiet operating helical-gear transmissions, eliminating the whine and crash of a straight-cut gearbox.
1932 marked the first time a series of Fisher bodies became available on the Sixteen. These included sedans, coupes, a roadster, a convertible coupe and three open phaetons. In fact, these were the only phaetons available on the Sixteen, and just six were built, a single standard phaeton with no division, two sport phaetons with a long rear cowl and passenger windshield, and three special phaetons with the short rear cowl. As for Fleetwood bodies, the range was curtailed somewhat. The 30 choices offered in 1930-31 had been reduced to 21, sedans, cabriolets, limousines and a single convertible coupe. The 1931 experience had no doubt tempered Cadillac’s expectations, and history validated the wisdom. At year’s end, just 296 Sixteens had been sold versus 1,709 V12s.
Bugatti was founded by Ettore Bugatti over a hundred years ago in 1909 in a place called Molsheim, France. Since then, the brand has developed a reputation for building some of the most exclusive and fast cars ever made. Still, the company has found themselves in financial stress during its storied history and has been passed through a multitude of owners.
Spectacular 1939 Bugatti
Black 1964 Corvette
Stunning Black 1964 Corvette
The best way to describe the ’64 Sting Ray: a sports car with a dual personality. Last year’s classic was dubbed a designer’s coup for the way its fused Corvette performance with penthouse luxury. And Corvette for ’64 outdoes its predecessor with dual personality plus. Both Sport Coupe and Convertible feature better-than-ever ride qualities, higher horsepower ratings for the two top engines, refined styling and interior comfort. Here’s some insight into the side of Sting Ray’s doubly pleasing makeup. Sting Ray’s ride improved on multiple fronts, including advanced engineering features such as 4-wheel independent suspension, short-wheelbase chassis and rearward weight bias. Front and rear, new variable-rate springs size up bumps as they take them on. This means they flex softly for wee bumps and offer more resistance to big ones. In addition, all shock absorbers have been re-calibrated, and noise has been cut to a minimum by a host of innovations designed to reduce and isolate vibration. The end result is a firm but smooth, quieter ride for plying across town, plus improved open-road handling and performance characteristics.
But a sports car can be aesthetically pleasing, too. As a look at the refined countenance of the ’64 Stingray Sport Coupe will prove. It’s enough to puff up the pride of the most design-conscious enthusiast. A subtle belt-line crest remains unchanged, sweeps three-sixty around the aerodynamic design. The gentle contour of the body is underlined by tasteful new rocker moldings. New, too is the one-piece rear window with its slimline molding. Up front, power-operated retractable headlamps blend smoothly into the sculptured hood. The hood is newly styled with clean, uncluttered surfaces. Sting Ray Sport Coupe’s uniquely designed doors still extend well beyond the roof line for easy in and outs.
Maybe you have a yen for open-air going (and who doesn’t?). Then shift your attention to the sweet lines of the new Sting Ray Convertible. Fore and aft, note the trim wraparound bumpers and full-length windsplits on the hood and rear deck. Observe, also, the subdued aluminum grille, distinctive new wheel covers with simulated knock-off hubs and the refreshing absence of needless chrome and other useless doodads. Next, add your finishing touch by selecting a neat soft top or removable hardtop. A tough choice- but no one will hit the roof if you order both, the hardtop at modest extra cost. Top down for taking sun or top up for taking weather, the ’64 Sting Ray Convertible promises great times, sparkling performance. And with things like Ball-Race steering and a power team from a quartet of restless V8’s and versatile transmissions, a Corvette delivers what it promises.
HERE’S THE WAY STING RAY GETS ITS NEW GO… CASUALLY CONQUERS THE CORNERS AND TURNS
This is the tech side of the ’64 Corvette, truly a tiger to be tamed. All four versions of the Corvette’s celebrated V8 engine have a 327-cubic-inch displacement, 4″ bore and 2.35″ stroke. The 250-hp standard engine features a single 4- barrel carb, 10.5:1 compression ratio, hydraulic valve lifters and a dual exhaust system. The 300-hp power plant adds a large 4-barrel carburetor and larger intake valves. Both the new 365-hp V8 and 375-hp Fuel Injection V8 have a special camshaft, new cylinder heads with extra-large valves, domed aluminum pistons, an 11:25.1 compression ratio, a high-speed valve system with special valves, mechanical valve lifters, ribbed aluminum rocker covers and a 5-quart oil capacity (4-quart capacity on the 250- and 300-hp engines).
The standard transmission is 3-Speed Synchro-Mesh. Ratios: 2.58:1 first; 1.48:1 second; 1:1 third; and 2.58:1 reverse. For a variety of engine and rear axle combinations, 4-Speed Synchro-Mesh is the answer. Ratios with 250- and 300-hp V8’s: 2.56:1 first; 1.91:1 second; 1.48:1 third; 1:1 fourth; and 2.64:1 reverse. Closer ratios with the 365-hp and 375-hp engines: 2.20:1 first; 1.64:1 second; 1.28:1 third; 1:1 fourth; and 2.27:1 reverse. With both 3- and 4- Speed Synchro-Mesh, there’s a 10″ semi-centrifugal diaphragm spring clutch with a lighter aluminum 360- degree clutch housing. And the floor-mounted shift for 4-Speed transmissions has a mechanism on the shift lever to prevent unintentional reverse engagement. The automatic Power-glide transmission, available with two engines, offers truly effortless driving. And you can select the Positraction axle ratio best suited to your choice of power teams.
Corvette Sting Ray for ’64 features an improved ride-smooth but firm. It adds up to softer and quieter driving on normal in-town roads and flatter cornering for true sports car performance. Here’s a rundown on the innovations that make the new ride possible, plus a description of Corvette’s chassis and suspension.
New variable-rate front coil springs and variable-rate rear spring. Amount of deflection decreases in proportion to the severity of the road shock encountered. Re-calibrated front and rear shock absorbers. New rubber jounce bumpers, front and rear, provide nearly vertical wheel movement. One new multi-leaf transverse spring with varied leaf camber is bolted to the differential carrier and extends from rear wheel to rear wheel. It takes only vertical suspension loads. Braking, acceleration and lateral forces are transmitted by the radius arms, axles and control rods to the differential and the frame. The differential assembly is attached to the frame by a rubber cushioned bolted-in cross-member. Small movements of the differential are taken up by universal joints on the one-piece propeller shaft. For increased torsional rigidity and beam strength, the Convertible has a steel framework virtually surrounding the passenger compartment, while the Sport Coupe has overhead steel roof members as well.
You can add to tire and handling stability with Corvette’s optional wide-rim aluminum wheels. Vented-fin design for cooling; knock off hubs for easy wheel and tire changing.
MORE ON THE STING RAY FOR ’64
Engines- All engines have independent mechanism for each valve; temperature-controlled fan; precision-machined forged steel crankshaft; premium aluminum main bearings ; full-pressure lubrication system; full flow oil filter; automatic choke; and a 12-volt electrical system. Oil-wetted polyurethane air cleaner element. All-aluminum cross-flow radiator. Positive closed-type crankcase ventilation.
Chassis- Direct double-acting freon-bag shock absorbers. Balanced steering linkage with 19.6:1 overall ratio can be reset to 17:1 (standard with power steering). Hydraulic 11-inch brakes with fade-resistant bonded linings. Hand-operated parking brake. Black 6.70 x 15″ tires standard. Optional 6.70 x 15″ nylon blackwalls or rayon whitewalls.
Exterior Features- Fiber glass reinforced plastic body with Magic-Mirror acrylic lacquer finish in seven solid colors. Convertible tops are available in white, black, or beige. Doors have push-button handles and key locks.
Additional Optional Equipment- Back-up lights, sintered-metallic brake linings. Cast aluminum wheels with 6″ rims and knock-off hubs. 36.5-gallon fuel tank (Sport Coupe only). Off-road exhaust system. Full-transistor ignition system (available only on 365- and 375-hp engines). Special performance equipment grouping (with 375-hp engine, 4-Speed transmission and Positraction) offers: special power brakes with finned drums, built in cooling fans, front brake air scoops, special sintered-metallic linings, and forward-driving self-adjusting feature; dual-circuit brake master cylinder; heavy-duty stabilizer bar; heavy-duty front and rear springs and shock absorbers.
Dimensions- Wheelbase, 98″. Overall length, 175.3″ Overall height: Convertible with soft top up, 49.8″; Convertible with hardtop, 49.3″; Sport Coupe, 49.8″. Cowl height to ground, 34.9″. Door opening height to ground: Convertible, 45.6″; Sport Coupe, 46.8″. Road clearance, 5.0″. Overall width, 69.6″. Tread: front, 56.8″; rear 57.6″.
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