The original Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet (Chassis #57808), was commissioned by the French Government and especially designed by Vanvooren Coachbuilders as a wedding gift for the Shah of Iran, Mohammed Pahlavi and his wife Princess Fawzia of Egypt in 1939. It came fitted with a 189ci Inline-8 engine which produced 175 horsepower, impressive for the day.
It remained in the Court of Iran until the Iranian Revolution in 1979 where the car was sold cheaply to a buyer in the USA who installed a V8 engine. The car was later sent to London where it received a full restoration and sent back to the USA where it currently resides on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.
The Hot Wheels debuted in the collector-aimed 100% Line in the Classic Bodies 2-Car Set. I features a removable hood which reveals the Inline-8 engine. It was only used three times before the 100% Line was discontinued.
The Type 57C Bugatti has come out in the following 1:64 scale versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes||Photo|
|2003||Classic Bodies 2-Car Set||Black||Silver Trim||Black / Metal||Clear||Orange||RR||57267||China|
|2/4||2004||Showcase Hot Wheels - Drop Tops Series||Purple||Silver Trim||Black / Metal||Clear||Tan||RR||B6245||China||15,000 Produced|
|2/4||2004||Showcase Hot Wheels - Drop Tops Series (Hobby)||Silver||None||Black / Metal||Clear||Black||RR||C6776||China||7000 Produced|