1921 Alfa Romeo G1 to be auctioned in Arizona
A single-owner collection of cars ranging from a pre-war Alfa Romeo G1 to a 2005 Ford GT will be offered during RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction next year
RM Sotheby’s 18-19 January Arizona auction is one of 2018 first major auction, and is set to include the sale of one collector’s substantial collection. A total of 11 cars will be offered, ranging from one of the earliest Alfa Romeos to a Ferrari California T.
The collection is being offered entirely without no reserve, and while all the cars on offer warrant the spotlight, the real star of the show has to be the G1 Alfa Romeo. This was the very first model produced when the former A.L.F.A. (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili) joined forces with entrepreneur Nicola Romeo to become Alfa Romeo.
The machine – which was intended to compete with its American and British luxury contemporaries – was Alfa Romeo’s first six-cylinder model, and even to this day boasts the marque’s largest engine capacity of 6330cc.
But as with all things splendid, red tape hindered its proliferation. Due to high fuel costs and road taxes at the time only 52, including two prototypes, were built. The 1921 Alfa Romeo G1 offered in Arizona, chassis no. 6018, is therefore an extremely special machine.
The car was delivered new to Australia, where it remained in storage for the first two decades of its life. Then, in the late 1940s, it was discovered on a farm only to be hidden away once again until 1965, when it was acquired by Alfa Romeo enthusiast Ross Flewell-Smith. The car was painstakingly restored by Flewell-Smith in the 1970s and once again in the early 2000s by Neville Crichton.
The G1 has been twice awarded at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, most recently in 2013. Entirely event-ready, the G1 is the oldest running and driving Alfa Romeo and has since participated successfully in numerous events, including the 2014 Mille Miglia, and the 75th Goodwood Members Meeting, as well as being displayed at Museo Enzo Ferrari in 2015. The only complete G1 in existence today, the offering of 6018 is a rare opportunity to acquire the earliest piece of Alfa Romeo history.
All of the cars in the auction are Italian, with the exception of a 2005 Ford GT. Other rare Alfa Romeos include a 1942 6C 2500 SS Spider, which is estimated at $900,000-$1,100,000. The 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale, with one-off coachwork by Boano, has previously been invited to appear in the Preservation Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – which it won – and is estimated to sell for $1,250,000-$1,750,000.
Ferraris make up the rest of the collection, including a 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso ($1,800,000-$2,200,000), a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pinin Farina ($1,400,000-$1,800,000).