Classic cars don’t get much classier or historic as this particular Alfa Romeo. This 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3, one of the first racecars supported and campaigned entirely by Scuderia Ferrari, sold for an incredible $4.1 million at a recent RM Sotheby’s auction.
255 bhp 2,905 cc DOHC supercharged inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, front Dubonnet independent suspension, rear live-axle suspension with reversed quarter-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,642 mm
* The 6th of 7 second-series wide-body examples
* One of three examples originally fitted with Dubonnet independent front suspension and reversed quarter-elliptical leaf springs
* Campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari during the 1934 and 1935 Grand Prix seasons
* Driven by racing luminaries including Tazio Nuvolari and Rene Dreyfus
* Well-documented ownership history; extremely authentic example
* Sensational example of the first monoposto Grand Prix model
* One of Alfa Romeo’s most important pre-war race cars
This car’s story begun in 1933 when Alfa Romeo was forced into government receivership and was prohibited from racing for financial reasons. Alfa management didn’t want to give it up, however, especially since the Maserati brothers had recently beat the dated 8C Monza fielded by Scuderia Ferrari, so they allowed Ferrari to take over its racing ventures entirely and handed over the new Tipo B racecar to team owner Enzo Ferrari.
Ferrari widened the Tipo B for the 1934 season as per the series’ rules that year and also installed larger 2.9-liter inline-eight supercharged engines. A total of seven Tipo B chassis were built, this one being number 50006. The chassis were used interchangeably throughout the F1 racing season and Ferrari didn’t document which was used when, so it’s impossible to know which races 50006 was used in. RM Sotheby’s is able to confirm the car participated in the 1935 Masyrk Grand Prix in Brno, Czechoslovakia, however, where it placed fourth in the hands of Antonio Brivio.
After the 1935 season Tipo B No. 50006 changed hands numerous times between motorsports enthusiasts in Britain and the UK before a Japanese collector scooped it up in 1990. In 2000 it was sold to American collector Bruce McCaw, who kept it until 2007 before unloading it to the owner who had it auctioned. Today it retains almost all of its original factory parts and received a coveted FIA Heritage Certificate proving its authenticity.
Many Ferrari road cars and racecars grow in value and desire each day. This might not be a true Ferrari, but it’s one of the cars that helped pave the way to Enzo owning his own race team, so you can be sure it will grow in value just as his other cars did.