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A Piece Of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari And Racing History Heads To Auction At Goodwood

Ferrari celebrated their 70th anniversary last year but long before building road cars Enzo Ferrari and his racing team took part in motorsport, racing Alfa Romeo’s and to be more precise the famous Alfa Romeo Tipo B also known as the P3.

Making it’s debut in 1932 at the Italian Grand Prix for team Alfa Course before being used by Scuderia Ferrari, the Tipo B went on to claim 46 race victories between 1932 and 1935. Quite a few racing legends, including Tazio Nuvolari, Rudolph Caracciola and Louis Chiron drove the famous Tipo B to victory.

 

Known as one of the most successful inter war Grand Prix racers, the Tipo B was one of the first single seater Grand Prix racers to feature the centerline driving position which is still used on current Formula One cars today.

Now this piece of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and racing history is heading to auction.

 

Bearing the chassis number 5007 or 50007 and driven by British racing driver Richard Shuttleworrh, this very car won at Brooklands, won it’s class at the Shelsle Walsh hillclimb and the Grand Prix at Donington that saw Shuttleworth and his Tipo B hold off 2 Bugatti Type 59’s to claim victory.

 

The Alfa Romeo Tipo B retired from racing in 1935 as it was no match for the more powerful and advanced Silver Arrows Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz racers and Alfa Romeo didn’t claim another race victory until 1950 making the Tipo B an extra special piece of history and a true racing legend. Only a few Tipo B’s have survived the years and this one is going on auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week. Auction house Bonhams expects this beautiful Alfa Romeo to sell for between £4.5 Million and £5.0 Million and it’s not hard to see why.

*Author: Stephen Parry*

*Author: Stephen Parry*

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