Thu Dec 19 2013 17:53:32 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"The Auto Union Grand Prix racing cars types A to D, were developed and built by a specialist racing department of Horch works in Zwickau between 1933 and 1939.
Between 1935 and 1937 Auto Union cars won 25 races, driven by Ernst von Delius, Tazio Nuvolari, Bernd Rosemeyer, Hans Stuck and Achille Varzi. Much has been written about the difficult handling characteristics of this car, but its tremendous power and acceleration were undeniable - a driver could induce wheelspin at over 100 mph (160 km/h).
The cars throughout their production history were the main Grand Prix protagonists with Mercedes-Benz, particularly dominant in 1936. The dominance of the Silver Arrows of both brands was only stopped by the outbreak of World War II in 1939."
Wed Oct 30 2013 17:21:15 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750cc Gran Sport Figoni Coupé
This Alfa, like many cars of the time had several bodies on during its life. It has now been returned to the1933 original configuration.
"Created by Parisian coachbuilder Figoni, this coupe was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1933 in this configuration, then stripped to receive a basic, lightweight roadster body for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1935."
One of the most charismatic of all the great pre-war Grand Prix racing cars - the ex-Tazio Nuvolari 1935 Alfa Romeo Tipo C 8C-35 '50013' - Scuderia Ferrari Nr '65' sold for $9,321,875 at Bonhams Goodwood Revival Meeting September 14, creating a new world record for an Alfa Romeo sold at auction.
The previous record for this marque was $6,710,000 for a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8-cylinder Monza 2300 sold at Gooding's 2010 Pebble Beach sale.
Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale saw the iconic 330-horsepower supercharged Alfa Romeo Grand Prix car make history yet again at the scene of its best-remembered post-war exploits, Goodwood. Now '50013's pre-war record as a truly classic, race-winning Alfa Romeo, campaigned by that most revered of motor racing figures, Tazio Giorgio Nuvolari, has a new laurel — a world record price.
This follows hot on the heels of the sale of the F1 Mercedes driven to victory by Juan Manual Fangio in 1954/55 which Bonhams sold at Goodwood Festival of Speed in July this year for $29.5m (the highest price for any car sold at auction). Combined with today's result, Bonhams 2013 Goodwood sales have achieved nearly $78.5m.
Today's result means Bonhams now hold world records for the following 11 marques at auction: Alfa Romeo ($9,321,875,) Aston Martin ($4,939,193), Bentley ($7,867,190), Jaguar ($4,957,000), Lagonda ($2,091,275), Lotus ($998,524), Maserati (6,069,605), Mercedes-Benz ($29,496,308), Rolls-Royce ($7,342,867) and Talbot-Lago ($4,847,000.)
James Knight, Bonhams International Managing Director Collectors Motor Cars, said after the sale: "Once again Bonhams has been privileged to offer a world-beating motorcar and help it to achieve a world-beating price. Selling something like this, one is aware that history is a guest at the auction, due to the car's past, its performance today, and what all automotive enthusiasts will say about the car in the future. It is more than a car for all of us who are passionate about cars."
The 1935 supercharged Alfa Romeo 8C-35 was campaigned as new by Alfa's proxy factory team, the celebrated Scuderia Ferrari – including the legendary Tazio Nuvolari, one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.
Nuvolari, then already 43 years old, was renowned for his utterly fearless and totally committed approach to racing. He is often credited with developing the power-drift driving style, and as star of the Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo team he led Italian racing's rearguard action against the state-backed German 'Silver Arrow' cars of Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union.
OTHER TOP PRICES AT BONHAMS GOODWOOD REVIVAL SALE INCLUDED:
Another world record was made at this sale for a standard road-going E-Type Jaguar with a 1961 E-Type 3.8 Series 1 flat floor roadster going for $354,035. It was owned by one family since 1963.
An ex-Works, Irish Tourist Trophy, Brooklands 'Double-Twelve, George Field, Dudley Froy 1931 Invicta 4.5-liter S-Type 'Low Chassis' Sports with coachwork by Cadogan sold for $1,496,995.
A 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV Coupe with coachwork by Carozzeria Bertone, a car delivered new to Rod Stewart, one of just seven right hand drive examples went for $1,444,243.
A 1961 Ferrari 250GT Series II Cabriolet with coachwork by Pininfarina, in need of restoration. It had been in the same family for 40 years, and was sold for $1,110,147.
A brief overview of the 'old number five' 1939 Lagonda.
"The legendary no.5, is surely the most famous of all Lagonda V12 exemplars. It is the car that arrived third in absolute and first in its category in the Le Mans in 1939.
Lagonda’s participation in the Le Mans race was almost an improvisation. The no.5, registered as HPL 448 with chassis number 14089 (you can see it on these pages), should have been the only car designed for the competition, but then it was decided to prepare one more, the no.6. On June 7th 1939, at the moment of the official presentation, no.6 was not yet finished and no.5 was being tested after only 5 month of development. The Lagonda team headed by Bentley succeeded in turning a passenger model into a real competition racing car in less then 6 months.
The new engine had horsepower of 206 Hp at 5500 revolutions (declared as 220). This performance increase of 35% was due to the following big series of modifications: use of 4 instead of 2 carburettors SU, new cylinder heads, different intake pipes, new camshafts with new phasing and a higher compression rate. The compression rate has been brought up to 8.8:1 and there were plans to further increase it but the fuel used for the Le Mans excluded this possibility, most certainly because of the problems with the pinking.
Chassis, suspensions, transmission and body have been of course adapted to needs of the race as well. The race was held on June 18th 1939. No.5 arrived third and No.6 fourth.
The no.5 HPL 448, piloted by Charles Brackenbury, has covered 239 laps in an average speed of 83.21 MPH and it wrote the Lagonda V12 name into the history by finishing one of the most demanding car-races ever." Photo and text brought to you by: Chromo Classico