The one-off cars, which were commissioned to showcase the radical design engineering and pioneering aerodynamics of the era, are being offered as a single lot for the first time, with an estimate of between $14 million and $20 million at the October 28 evening sale in New York.
Named B.A.T. 5, 7, and 9, the vehicles were created by Italian designer Franco Scaglione and manufacturer Carrozzeria Bertone before being unveiled to the public over three years at exhibitions in 1953, 1954 and 1955.
The Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 5, first exhibited in 1953, is being sold as part of the collection. Credit: Ron Kimball/RM Sotheby’s
The cars were never shown together in the 1950s and were sold to separate collectors after being exhibited.
Even if the cars sell for the estimated $20 million, they won’t be the most expensive to go on the block.
The GTO had won the 1962 Italian GT championship, and notched up more than 15 race victories from 1962 to 1965.