Special models of post-war cars from the Italian automaker are featured at the Arizona sale
A standout selection of Alfa Romeos will cross the block at the Gooding and Company auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, from January 19-20.
Spanning the Italian automaker’s 1960s era, along with a rare model from 1951, are a number of seldom-seen Alfas, many of which are offered at No Reserve.
Lot 136, a 1951 1900C Sprint, is one of the most-important post-war Alfas offered in recent years. One of the original three short-wheelbase 1900-series cars produced by the automaker, the handsome Touring-bodied coupe was gifted to legendary racer Juan Manuel Fangio by the factory upon winning the 1951 Formula 1 World Driver’s Championship for Alfa Romeo.
A Class Winner at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the coupe wears features not seen on later 1900 Sprints. Fangio’s signature appears on the firewall, along with factory records and photos which document his ownership. Wearing an elegant shade of metallic hazelnut with a flawless deep caramel interior, the car is jaw-droppingly beautiful and will be a sensation when it crosses the block for the first time ever. Estimated at $500,000-$700,000 with reserve.
Rarely seen in the U.S., Lot 1 is a 1963 Giulietta Berlina T.I. that has undergone a comprehensive restoration with a nod towards rally use. The car has participated in at least five rallies since its rebuild, with the restoration work photographically documented in The Giulietta Letter. Having the first or last lot in any given auction can be a nerve-wracking experience; savvy bidders may get a bargain on this car offered at no reserve.
Lot 29, a 1960 2000 Touring Spider, is an elegant throwback to Alfa’s pre-war Gran Turismos. Recently repainted in striking Cobalt blue with a new Alfa Red interior, it is fitted with new Borrani wire wheels and tires. This spider is no speedster, but it offers classy open-top Italian motoring at its best. Offered at no reserve, it is a good value relative to its Lancia Flaminia and Maserati 3500 contemporaries.
Lot 51, a 1965 Giulia Sprint GTA, is a rare chance to acquire a documented factory-built lightweight race car. Raced in Italy between 1967-1976 and restored by Alfa expert Roman Tucker in the 1980’s, it has been prepared to modern standards for vintage racing. The GTA has an estimate of $300,000-$400,000 with reserve.
Another rare variant on the popular Giulia 105-series cars is Lot 104, a 1966 Giulia GTC. One of only 1,000 units produced, Alfa utilized Carrozerria Touring to modify the Bertone-bodied Giulia Sprint GT for this limited-edition 2+2 cabriolet. Nicely restored in Switzerland and presented in a striking white-over-red color scheme. Rarely seen at auction, this lot is offered at no reserve.
The last of its legendary line, Lot 105, a 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce , is believed to be the very last of the Veloce roadsters produced. Whether or not that fact impacts the final bid on this nicely presented white-over-red example remains to be seen. Showing a believed 49,800 original miles, this high-performance version of Alfa’s 101-series Spider is offered at no reserve.
Lot 106, a 1967 Giulia Sprint GT Veloce, is one of the most iconic designs produced by Giorgetto Giugiaro while at Bertone. The distinctive “step-nose” header panel and airy greenhouse of this sporting coupe became an instant classic, and solid survivors such as this one have become increasingly rare. The last of the three white Alfas offered by a private collection at no reserve.
For more information on Gooding’s Scottsdale sale, visit the auction website.