Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 Showcased At Rétromobile Before Monaco

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 at Rétromobile - Images courtesy RM Sotheby's

An Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 and Ferrari 550 GTS Prodrive will make a special appearance at Rétromobile car show week on RM Sotheby’s Rétromobile stand on 5 to 9 February before heading to the biennial Monaco Sale. The Italian duo were both highly successful cars in their respective periods.

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3

Highly regarded as one of the best-looking sports racing cars of its era and highly competitive through the decades, the 1969 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 will go under the hammer in Monaco and is an Autodelta factory team car with significant history on the grid. Chassis no. 105.80.023 raced at the 1970 Targa Florio, where it was piloted by Toine Hezemans and Masten Gregory. A month later, Nanni Galli and Rolf Stommelen ran as high as 2nd overall at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Following its works career, the Tipo 33/3 was purchased directly from Carlo Chitti’s Autodelta team by its first private owner, Weiss-Siam – a company responsible for importing Koni shock absorbers to Italy, and the supplier of suspension parts to Autodelta – in 1973.

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 at Rétromobile – Images courtesy RM Sotheby’s

The car remained with Weiss-Siam for 30 years, until it was sold to a second Italian owner in 2003, where it is seen in photographs in completely original condition. Purchased by the consignor in 2012, in-depth research has been carried out to clarify its early history, which included appearing in the iconic film Le Mans alongside Steve McQueen.

Having been fully restored with historic racing in mind it has successfully competed across Europe over the course of the last several years, appearing at the Le Mans Classic and the Spa Classic in the very capable hands of Emanuele Pirro. Importantly, the Alfa Romeo is offered with an entry to the 2020 Le Mans Classic, arguably the most anticipated historic racing event of the year (Est. €2.200.000 – €2.600.000).

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 at Rétromobile – Images courtesy RM Sotheby’s

Ferrari 550 GTS Prodrive

Also joining the Monaco auction is a 2001 Ferrari 550 GTS Prodrive, chassis no. 108418/CRD02, an iconic and highly effective racing car with an extensive GT racing career. As the second Ferrari 550 GTS built by Prodrive for Care Racing, the car made its debut towards the end of the 2001 season with an appearance in the American Le Mans Series before travelling to Europe where it would begin a successful racing career.

The Ferrari was campaigned by BMS Scuderia Italia and amassed 14 victories in its division, as well as racing its way to class victory at the 24 Hours of Spa in 2003and, more importantly, overall winner of the 2004 24 Hours of Spa, and the 2004 FIA GT Championship. The car retains its FIA Identification Form and UK road registration document, as well as a comprehensive history file of work undertaken and wider race history with competitive results (Est. €3.000.000 – €4.000.000).

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