reset
Viewed : 447 times

The Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Usine stands out in Bugatti's storied history by being the only example of its kind to still exist to this day.

19 Aug 2022 | International News : France


Bugatti is one of the car brands that possesses one of the most storied legacies in the world of automobiles. However, one car it has built, the Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Usine clearly stands out even in its remarkable history.

With only 10 examples built and the pictured car the only example still existing to this day, the Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Usine has nothing short of unicorn status. This example is one of a kind example with an aluminium body that has been finished in black and yellow, the favourite colours of Ettore Bugatti, the founder of Bugatti.

The Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid was not only a gorgeous automobile but also a thorougbred 
The car is shrouded in mystery, with the 'Usine' name never an official nameplate of Bugatti. The Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid models differed from versions like the Type 57SC Atlantic and Type 57S Atalante in that they were designed to race, made evident by the streamlined and elongated fenders, V-shaped windscreen and aerodynamic headrest supports.

Shortly after being revealed to the world, the Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Usine was entered into the Paris-Nice rally by legendary racer Pierre Veyron. This is the same man whose name was given to the first modern era Bugatti, the ground breaking Bugatti Veyron. In April 1935, at the hands of Grand Prix driver Robert Benoist, the Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Usine took first place in the Chavigny hill climb event.

However due to its priceless status as the only example of a Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid Usine that remains, the car has been on display in the Louwman Museum in The Hague since 2001.

You may also like

1-10 of 20