Ferrari’s 1934 P3 Alfa grand prix racer heading to Paris auction

Second of nine Second Series Alfa racers heads docket for RM Sotheby's Paris auction | RM Sotheby's photo by Tim Scott
Second of nine Second Series Alfa racers heads docket for RM Sotheby’s Paris auction | RM Sotheby’s photos by Tim Scott

A 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari, a 1954 Osca MT4 1500 and a pair of more recent Le Mans racers are early highlights of the RM Sotheby’s docket for the auction house’s annual Paris sale February 8 during Retromobile 2017. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider on Laureles Grade | Nicole James photos

Just as I thought my recent time at Montery Car Week couldn’t get any better, I found myself bombing up and down the Laureles Grade, a 10-mile stretch of mountain road near Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, sitting in a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, Italian sports car weighing less than 2,500 pounds.

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Coys set for its inaugural Schloss Dyck auction

1942 Alfa Romeo Le Mans Berlinetta among cars on the Schloss Dyck auction | Coys photo
1942 Alfa Romeo Le Mans Berlinetta among cars on the Schloss Dyck auction | Coys photo

A 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sprint Le Mans Berlinetta that won best of show at the Spa Italia concours last year is among the more than 80 collector cars being offered for sale Saturday at Coys’ inaugural auction at Germany’s Schloss Dyck. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider ‘Duetto’

The early Alfa Romeo Spiders with their tapered tails and covered headlights are most desirable
The early Alfa Romeo Spiders with their tapered tails and covered headlights are most desirable

Fifty years ago, Alfa Romeo launched its most-famous post-war sports car, the “Duetto” Spider. Not everyone liked the Spider’s new Pininfarina styling initially, but over the years, these strikingly beautiful roadsters have caught on, and they are now considered landmark designs.

The Pick of the Day, a 1967 Alfa Romeo 1600 Spider Duetto, was originally sold in Frankfurt, Germany, according to the Atlanta, Georgia, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Although it is titled as a 1968 model, the year it was sold, the VIN verifies that it is actually a 1967 Alfa. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider seems ready for a brisk drive on a sunny day
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider seems ready for a brisk drive on a sunny day

The Italian expression La Dolce Vita translates to English as “the sweet life.” This is the Italian concept of enjoying your surroundings and taking in the beauty of the world around you, usually with a companion of the opposite sex to enjoy it with.

This Italian concept translates into the way Italians do everything, from the way they dine, to the way they design transportation; think two-wheeled transportation named Vespa to open sports cars named spiders. I can think of no other car that better exemplifies the idea of La Dolce Vita than the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider.

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Sale of unique Alfa Romeo Buano coupe in Scottsdale refocuses question of restoration vs. preservation

The coachbuilt 1955 Alfa Romeo 3500C SS coupe was first shown at the Turin Motor Show | Bob Golfen photos
The coachbuilt 1955 Alfa Romeo 3500C SS coupe was first shown at the Turin Motor Show | Bob Golfen photos

Once again, the Gooding & Company auction presented some interesting “barn find” European sports cars at its Scottsdale sale, including one of the signature cars of the event, a one-a-kind 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Speciale, in distressed yet picturesque condition.

With evocative coachwork by Buano created for display at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, the Alfa was a center of attention at Gooding, even with a cracking repaint in an incorrect red color and some rough-looking dents on top of the alloy right-front fender. Continue reading

Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 marks 50 years of roadster joy

An early Alfa Romeo Spider 1600, this one coming to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction | Barrett-Jackson
An early Alfa Romeo Spider 1600, this one coming to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction | Barrett-Jackson

For many Americans, their first recognition of the Alfa Romeo Spider was at the movies when they watched a young Dustin Hoffman driving one, top down, as he sped after his beloved in the 1967 film, The Graduate.

In bright red with its classic roadster proportions and evocatively rounded tail, the newly minted Spider designed by Pininfarina seemed like a joyous entry in the freewheeling world of diminutive sports cars dominated in the U.S. by such British brands as MG, Triumph and Austin Healey. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Alfa Romeo Owner Club National Convention

Alfa Romeo. The name alone conjures images of racing victories and sports car history. The company has created some of the most successful and beautiful sports cars in the history of automobiles and that is why we were excited to attend and judge the concours at Alfamiglia Nordfest, the Alfa Romeo Owner Club National Convention held recently in Warwick, Rhode Island. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1983 Alfa Romeo Spider

The Alfa Romeo Spider is an inexpensive way to get into an Italian exotic
The Alfa Romeo Spider is an inexpensive way to get into an Italian exotic

Italian sports cars have an allure like no others in the world. They combine striking styling, exotic mechanicals, a driving experience unparalleled by cars from Germany, England or the United States, and a storied history made up of scores of racing victories by some of the most famous drivers in the world. Quite simply, Italian sports cars have souls. Continue reading

1932 Alfa Romeo Zagato wins Villa d’Este best of show

 The Alfa Romeo Zagato Spider is driven up to receive its best-of-show award | BMW Group photos
The Alfa Romeo Zagato Spider is driven up to receive its best-of-show award | BMW Group photos

A 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider was named best of show at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este held Sunday at the historic resort on the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy. Continue reading