Pre-War Alfa Romeo rewrites the record books at RM Sotheby's
An award-winning pre-War Alfa Romeo has rewritten the record books at RM Sotheby's, as one of the star lots of the company's $117.9 million Monterey sale.
Having set two landmark auction records the previous day, for the world's most valuable British and American cars, the company rewrote the history books once again with the sale of a stunning pre-War Alfa Romeo.
The 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Touring Spider was offered from the esteemed collection of Sam and Emily Mann, four-time 'Best in Show' winners at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Described as "the pre-war equivalent to the Ferrari 250 GTO", the Lungo Touring Spider is one of just 12 examples known to exist and was the first to appear at auction in a generation.
Prior to the sale, the auction house had stated "without question, acquiring a car of such magnitude establishes one’s collection at the forefront of the hobby" – and the Alfa Romeo lived up to its hype, selling for $19.8 million and setting a new world auction record for any pre-WWII automobile.
Further cars sold from the Mann's collection included a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione 'Tour de France' by Scaglietti which realized $5.72 million, a 1926 Miller Locomobile Junior 8 Special which fetched $770,000, and a 1926 Bentley 3-4½-Litre Tourer in the style of Vanden Plas which sold For $682,000.
Elsewhere, notable sales included a rare left-hand drive 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon which sold for $1.87 million; 1966 AAR Eagle Indianapolis #31, offered from the Riverside International Automotive Museum, which realized a record $962,500; a concours award-winning 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster which set a new model record at $1,457,500; and a 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II which boubled its estimate to achieve $737,000.
“This year’s Monterey auction once again reinforced the notion that if you offer some of the most special and unique motor cars in the world, on the global stage at RM’s flagship event during the Pebble Beach weekend, anything can happen and records will be broken,” says Ian Kelleher, Managing Director, RM Sotheby’s West Coast Division.
“The depth of interest and enthusiasm for quality automobiles and the collector car hobby as a whole, remains at an all-time high. As our results show, collectors remain willing to pay a premium for exceptional vehicles, specifically those exhibiting fantastic restorations, those offered fresh-to-the-market, and those presenting ‘once in a generation’ ownership opportunities.”
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