At the upcoming Bonhams’ Monaco Motor Cars Auction scheduled to be held on 11 May, vintage car enthusiasts will get to grab some of the finest vintage masterpieces, including the rare 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spyder, one of Scuderia Ferrari’s first three cars from 1930 Mille Miglia race. Scuderia Ferrari is the racing team of Ferrari automobile marque, founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929, initially to race cars produced by Alfa Romeo. This particular car was driven by the political activist and amateur racing driver Luigi Scarfiotti, as part of the Scuderia Ferrari’s first competed race, the 1930 Mille Miglia. However, a team of three Alfa Romeos entered the race, driven by Ferrari partners Alfredo Caniato, Mario Tadini and Luigi Scarfiotti, who also used the car on the road, before selling it back to Alfa Romeo.
The racing driver Scarfiotti always wanted a distinctive, sporty and elegant car that could be used not only for racing but also for local political parades, and his choice fell on the 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spyder. Supplied by Enzo Ferrai’s agency, Luigi Scarfiotti’s car is described to be registered in Italy on April 1 1930, and at the time of registration its declared value was the significant sum of 70,000 Lire, approximately $4200 at the then rate of exchange. Its two-seater body was originally built by Ugo Zagato, who was asked by Scuderia Ferrari to build lightweight body for the Mille Miglia.
However, in 1935 it encountered a mechanical issue or the bodywork may have damaged, and the car got unregistered and taken off the road. Until in 1960, it was discovered by an Italian gentleman, Giuseppe Bruni, who rescued it and took it to a restoration shop in Florence for re-commissioning. The car then remained with the Bruni family for several years, and it is also believed that the additional restoration was done by Autofficina Faralli, Italy, between 1999, and it received a largely new body in the original style. Further, then the car came to Switzerland to a museum near Geneva and Chris Gardner who rode it, had it on his website for sale in 2005.
The body of the car is probably new, not the original one, but it retains the original mechanicals and chassis. It is further said that the 5 of the pistons are marked with ‘SF’, representing early Scuderia Ferrari making, which makes it the oldest car with such markings.
The 6C was produced by Alfa Romeo from 1925 until 1954, with this 1750 model produced only from 1929 through 1933 in six different series. And, this 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spyder is Series IV model sporting the same 1752cc engine, and this was the first model available with a supercharger, which increased its power output to just over a claimed 100 horsepower. Of all the 2,635 6C built, less than 200 were the Series IV Gran Sport models.
The car such a historic importance is now available for grabs at the auction with a pre-sale estimate price of $1,100,000 to $1,200,000.