It’s been a quirky year for Alfa Romeo sales, with storming results interspersed with surprising disappointments, and about a third of vehicles selling for their estimated value. Within the last hour, Coys have just auctioned two heart-stopping classic Alfa Romeos in London, though both missed their sale targets and did not sell. Here’s a retrospective looks at six of the most successful Alfa Romeo auction results of the last 12 months.
Sold for £15,120 (estimate £10,000 – £14,000)
This newly-imported Alfa has spent all its life in California and Italy, which should bode well for its structural condition. This, coupled with the classic colour combination, helped secure a good price. ACA auctioned another Californian import in June.
Sold for £12,453 (estimate £8000-£10,000)
Apparently it drives beautifully despite a few bodywork imperfections. Uniqueness trumps condition though, and it’s this car’s special combination of rarity and well-documented history which probably secured it’s healthy sale price.
Sold for £3885 (estimate £2500-£3500)
Completely standard and original, this is a very rare one-owner survivor in decent condition (thanks to dry-storage). It’s the later 1490cc boxer engine with close-ratio 5spd box. Even at £3885 this feels like a bargain.
Sold for £7245 (estimate £5250-£6250)
Another Spider, this time a late model. Despite beating its estimate, this is still one of the cheaper Spiders to be sold at auction this year, suggesting that Anglia Car Auctions again may have been a little too modest about its condition.
Sold for £8400 (estimate £6000-£7000)
Rarity, speed and dashing looks – the GTV Cup hits the ‘modern classic’ sweet-spot bang on. This is one of 155 right-hand drive examples, fitted with Alfa Romeo’s glorious 3.0-litre V6 (as if the 2.0 Twin Spark wasn’t fun enough). Wonderful.
Sold for £54,880 (estimate £40,000-£48,000)
A headline-winning sale of a Gandini-designed masterpiece with staggering road presence. Buying it was a shrewd move: even at this price it’s a rational purchase compared to megabucks V12 Italian exotica like the Ferrari 365 Daytona. (This one cleared £600k at Goodwood earlier in 2017.)
Meanwhile, Coys managed to sell this 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal (on their second attempt) for £35,000, an increase of exactly £1000 since the sale of the same car by the same auctioneer the previous year.
For more classic auctions see the complete events calendar.