RM Sotheby’s 2017 auction to feature historic Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3, one of the most influential pre-war racing cars
As the first major European classic car event of the new year, Rétromobile week in February 2017 – held at the Place Vauban in Paris – will also host a number of high-profile classic car auctions. RM Sotheby’s will once again be in attendance, holding its auction on 8 February.
One of the auction’s early highlights is a 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3. The P3 represented a shift in design emphasis for period Grand Prix cars, adopting the narrower ‘slipper’ bodystyle dispensing of the second seat for ride-in mechanics to shave weight. The open-wheeled racer claimed victory on home soil at Monza, followed by a brace of podium lock-outs at the French and German Gran Prixs during the 1931 season. This rarer, second series car, is expected to fetch between €3,600,000-€4,600,000.
The post-war, 1954 Osca MT4 1500 – once a participant of the minacious Carrera Panamericana – will also go under the hammer. This specific example boasted cutting-edge technology, being the first twin ignition 1500 to roll off the Bologna production line. The hammer is expected to fall somewhere between €975,000-€1,175,000. SEE RELATED: Dino 206 P Berlinette Speciale to star at Artcurial’s 2017 Paris auction
More current racing machinery from Porsche and Ferrari will too be up for auction. A 2010 Porsche 911 RSR, estimated to collect between €185,000-€250,000 will likely have plenty of suitors. Lining up alongside the Le Mans 24 Hours competitor will be a a 2008 Ferrari 430 GTC, with an estimate of €275,000-€375,000.
The Place Vauban stage will not be exclusive to track-breed metal. A fully Ferrari Classiche-certified 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider,which has recently undergone full restoration is expected to top €2,000,000 when sold.
Other early highlights include a 2009 Ferrari 16M Scuderia as well as a 1941 Jaguar SS100.
Words: Lee Stern