Rare Alfa Romeo tipped for record pre-war price


Posted by on 22 July 2016

This 1939 Alfa Romeo is a stunning combination of speed and beauty.
And now this powerful 8 cylinder Alfa 2.9 will go up for sale at Sotheby's in Monterey, California in August.

The car, unveiled in a pre-publicity showing in New York on Thursday, is expected to sell for more than US$15 million (NZ$21.4m) - and could set a record for the most money ever paid for a pre-war auto at auction.

A 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Touring Spider is displayed at Sotheby's in New York City.
BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS: A 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Touring Spider is displayed at Sotheby's in New York City.


"This is a personal favourite of mine, the 1939 Alfa Romeo is one of the grandest pre-war cars ever built," said Ian Kelleher, managing director, RM Sotheby's US West Coast division.

"You can achieve speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour in this car. This was a car that was designed to be a race car but then clothed in very light weight coachwork so that you basically could do anything you want with it.

"You can race it, you can take it out at night, it's the best of both worlds in that respect, and the embodiment, in a lot of ways, of what pre-war Italian manufacturing in the classic car world, was about.

A 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Touring Spider is displayed at Sotheby's in New York City.
BRENDAN MCDERMID: A 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Touring Spider is displayed at Sotheby's in New York City.


"So it isn't just a thing of beauty, stagnant and sitting here, this is actually a car that has travelled several thousand miles on vintage car tours around the world. 

"I think it's important to note that as beautiful as it is, it's even more exciting and more fun to drive."

The Alfa 2.9 is one of the cars to be offered to the public by Sotheby's at an auction in August in Monterey, California.

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