During Friday’s sale, the main star of RM Sotheby’s auction was a 1955 Jaguar D-Type which went for $21,780,000 and is now the most expensive British car to ever be sold at an auction. The very first Shelby Cobra set the equivalent record for an American car, with the final bid standing at $13.75M.
Yesterday’s sale was just as impressive, with another car that managed to take down a record. We are talking about a breathtaking 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider by Touring which fetched an impressive $19.8 million, thus becoming the most expensive pre-war car to ever be sold at an auction. Offered from the Sam & Emily Mann Collection, it’s one of the 12 remaining Touring Spiders, seven of which are based on the long chassis.
According to RM Sotheby’s, the car can be best described as “Italy’s version of the Bugatti Atlantic” as it offered a wonderful combination of the best engineering and styling available in that era. Power is provided by an inline-eight 2.9-liter engine delivering 180 horsepower through a four-speed manual gearbox. Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes provide the stopping power for the super-long Alfa which has an imposing wheelbase of 118.1 inches (three meters).
Well-known Alfa Romeo restorer Tony Merrick was in charge of reviving the car, and as you can see, he has done a wonderful job.
Live Photos: Nathan Leach-Proffer / Motor1.com
Photos of the Alfa: Darin Schnabel / RM Sotheby’s