This is the last ever Alfa Romeo to compete in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours and it’s heading to auction this week at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed auction…
The illustrious 1972 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT3 arrives with an estimate of £1,800,000 – 2,200,000 and was driven by Andrea De Adamich and Nino Vaccarella to finish fourth overall in that year’s endurance race, which was won by Henri Pescaloro and Graham Hill for Matra.
Patina intact and still in possession of its 3-litre 4-cam 32-valve V8-engine, the classic Alfa has been confirmed by Stefano d’Amico, President of the Alfa Romeo Registro Storico, to be the car regularly assigned to long-time Autodelta team leader Andrea de Adamich through 1972.
The car was bought in 74 by leading British Jaguar C- and D-Type and ERA Historic racer Martin Morris. He collected the car plus a considerable volume of spares during a wintry round-trip to Italy, towing it all home through the snow on a trailer. He nicknamed the car ‘Groundhog’ and raced it in AMOC events at Brands Hatch 1976-77, before selling it to enthusiast and fellow amateur racer Steve O’Rourke, manager of British rock band Pink Floyd.
In April 2013, the car was purchased by respected German collector Alexander Rittweger and was subsequently demonstrated by prominent driver Sam Hancock during the 2017 Goodwood Members’ Meeting.
Most recently it was campaigned again by Sam Hancock in the 2018 Le Mans Classic prior to changing hands early in 2020. Since then the engine has been ‘refreshed’ by Samways in a process including the fitting of new valves and springs, spring tops, and big-end bolts. ‘010’ was also on display at Salon Prive, Blenheim Palace during the Summer of 2020.
It’s an amazing thing with a hefty price tag… but will it achieve around £2m?
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