Historic Alfa Romeo Sports Car and Rare BMW Roadster Up for Auction

Bonhams has recently announced that its Quail Lodge automobile auction this August is to feature several remarkable lots, including two legendary vehicles. We are talking here about a gold medal winning pre-war Alfa Romeo and a rare, iconic BMW Roadster.

The 1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Sport Zagato Spider is a 6-cylinder genuine racing car that managed to make history.

The car was named the Official Car of the 1928 London to Brighton Run, winning successive Gold Medals at the competitive Land's End Trials in 1929 and 1930, raced by driver Phil Hill in the 1978 Monterey Historic Races, a 3-time entrant and 2-time class award winner at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and a participant in the Mille Miglia Storica and California Mille, as well as multiple other races and shows.

The original and authentic car, with a fully known history from new, is one of the earliest known Alfa Romeo cars with coachwork by Zagato, and is one of the most complete 6C models to exist. It carries an estimate of $600,000-$800,000.

Another legendary car, known for its iconic design, has also been added to the sale roster: a 1957 BMW 507 Roadster. The extensively restored example in question, with original matching numbers, is estimated at $800,000-$1,000,000.

“Considered rare with just 252 examples produced, the Bavarian convertible sports car was an instant aesthetic and mechanical success yet complete financial failure. Although patronized by luminary racers and celebrities like Hans Stuck and Elvis Presley, sales figures never reached profitability and BMW ceased manufacture of the model within just four years. With each model superbly hand-made, no two 507s are the same, adding further allure to these uncommon and highly sought-after cars,”
Bonhams explains.
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