2023 Artcurial Paris Rétromobile Sale (Bugatti Atalante Announced)

A 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante is the first high-profile car announced for the Artcurial Paris Rétromobile 2023 classic car auction.

1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante on sale at the Artcurial 2023 Paris Rétromobile classic car auction
© Peter Singhof / Courtesy of Artcurial

Artcurial announced its first headline car for the Paris Rétromobile 2023 sale: a 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante that retains its original bodywork, chassis, and rare factory-fitted sunroof. The first owner raced the Bugatti in European rallies while a subsequent buyer fled the civil war in the Congo in the 1960s in this Atalante. The seller frequently participates in classic car events in Europe with this Type 57 making it a well-known automobile in classic car circles.

Artcurial Paris Rétromobile Classic Car Auction 2023

Artcurial Motorcars: Paris Retromobile Salon classic car auction on 3 February 2023.

Previous Artcurial earnings at Paris Rétromobile sales:

2022€37.8 million ($41.7 million)82% sell-through rate
2021€18 million ($22 million)Parisienne sale — Rétromobile cancelled
2020€23 million ($25 million)70% sell-through rate

Bugatti Atalante at Paris Rétromobile 2023 Sale

The first high-profile car announced for the Artcurial Paris Rétromobile classic car auction in February 2023 is a magnificent 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante, chassis 57432, estimate €2,000,000 to €3,000,000. This Bugatti Type 57 Atalante was one of only four equipped with an original factory sunroof.

The Atalante finished in black and ivory was delivered new in France to a jeweler from Marseille. From 1938, the owner used his car to take part in the most famous races of the day, including the Rallye Monte-Carlo, Liège-Rome-Liège, and Rallye des Alpes. After the Second World War, it was acquired by the architect and important Belgian Bugatti collector, M. de Lay. Living in the Congo during the early 1960s, he used his Atalante regularly, and when civil war broke out in 1963, M. de Lay and his wife fled the country at the wheel of this car.

Back in Europe, the car was owned by a succession of major collectors before being fully restored to its original configuration at the end of the 1990s. This Atalante has the advantage of being presented today with a lovely patina, as the current owner, a great marque enthusiast and historian, has covered thousands of kilometers in his car to attend various events and rallies. 

The 57 Atalante has acquired legendary status in Bugatti history, and this car, still equipped with its original chassis and bodywork, is exceptional for its continuous history. 

Paris Rétromobile Week Auctions 2023

Classic Car Auctions

The following three sales traditionally open the European classic car auction year during the Paris Rétromobile Week that is held from 1 to 5 February 2023 at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles

  • Artcurial: Rétromobile Sale on 3 February 2023.
  • Bonhams: Les Grandes Marques à Paris Sale on 2 February 2023.
  • RM Sotheby’s: Paris Auction 1 February 2023 at Salles du Carrousel du Louvre.

Paris Rétromobile Auctions 2023 Results

Paris Rétromobile Auctions 2023 Pre-Sale Announcements

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