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  • A Very Good Day Indeed +

    Last week, I had just arrived home from several days in Boston and wasn't looking forward to the pile of work waiting on my desk. A text message popped up from my daughter Alexandra. "Dad, I have the week off from Daimler, and I thought we should take the Duetto Read More
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  • The Gathering of the Alfa Clan +

    There's something special about a sports car club national convention. Warwick, Rhode Island, just south of Providence, was the setting for Alfamiglia Nordest, the 2015 National Convention of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club. The convention took place June 24–28. Alfa enthusiasts — fanatics, really — came from thousands of miles away Read More
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  • A Thursday Evening Tour in an Old Car +

    Slow Start It was 5:30 p.m. on a Thursday in Portland, and I was stuck in traffic on the Interstate 405 Fremont Bridge. My 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto was running perfectly, not overheating even in the 80-degree sunny weather. My eight-year-old son Bradley was with me, and he was looking Read More
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Collector Car News

  • Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs at RM Sotheby's Motor City +

    A strong selection of pre-war heavy iron hits the market on July 25 at RM Sotheby's Motor City sale in Plymouth, MI. Leading the notable consignments are a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton (RM Sotheby's estimate: $850k–$1.1m), a 1933 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Sport Phaeton ($400k–$450k) and a 1934 Read More
  • Spyders and Roadsters at Auctions America California +

    A 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder races to the auction block at Auctions America California, July 17–18 in Santa Monica. Auctions America predicts the car will bring $2m–$2.6m. Other important sports cars include a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster ($1.2m–$1.5m), a 2004 Ferrari Enzo ($1.7m–$2.1m) and a 1964 Cooper Monaco Type Read More
  • Countdown to RM Sotheby's Motor City +

    Big-money highlights at RM Sotheby's Motor City auction include a 1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster, a 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet D and a 1988 Lamborghini LM002. The sale takes place July 25 in Plymouth, MI. View the current Motor City consignment list here. Read More
  • Ferraris Retrace Historic Road Race Course at Pebble Beach +

    Hopes ran high for Jim Kimberly's 1949 Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia when it pulled to the starting line of the second annual Pebble Beach Road Races in 1951. It was the first Ferrari ever to race in California. Just a few weeks prior, it had triumphed over the competition at its Read More
  • Ferraris, Astons and Porsches at Artcurial Paris +

    Artcurial brings a strong assortment of European sports cars to their Paris sale on June 22. Leading the charge are a 1991 Ferrari F40 (Artcurial estimate: $1m–$1.25m), a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring ($785k–$1m) and a 1959 Aston Martin DB4 Series II coupe ($450k–$550k). View all the Paris consignments here. Read More
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Paris – the highlight of Christie’s International Motor Cars next sale on 17 February 2007 will be an extremely rare 1939 Auto Union D-Type. Thought to be one of only two in existence, the carwill lead the sale at Rétromobile 2007, one of Europe’s most prestigious exhibitions for automotive collectors.

One of the most important cars in motor-racing history, it won the 1939 Belgrade Grand Prix at the hands of Nuvolari, and today enjoys a near-mythical status due to its rarity. It is expected to break current records and become the most expensive car ever to be sold at auction.

With an eye on his country’s international standing, German chancellor Adolf Hitler, upon arriving in power in 1933, promised 500,000 Reichmarks to the constructor who could build a Grand Prix car ready for the 1934 season. However, following a meeting with engineer Ferdinand Porsche and the driver Hans Stuck, Hitler was persuaded to share this sum between Mercedes and the newly-formed Auto Union company.

The car designed by Porsche was revolutionary; the driver was placed in front of the engine and the fuel tanks, and all four wheels benefited from independent suspension. Never ceasing to win Grands Prix across Europe, the model evolved throughout the years into this, the D-Type. The arrival of war interrupted this famous era of racing, and the cars were lost or destroyed during the hostilities that followed. It is therefore even more extraordinary that this car should survive.

Taken to Russia for its technology to be studied, it was here its disassembled parts were discovered, completely apart from the body and waiting to be crushed. Sent from Russia to England, the body was recreated by Rod Jolley Coachbuilding to the exact dimensions of the original, upon these original underpinnings. The car was fully restored by Crosthwaite and Gardiner, and was tested for the first time by Dick Crosthwaite at the Nürburgring in October
1994. It has been meticulously preserved in the same state ever since. Estimates are available upon request.

This may be considered to be among the most important cars ever to pass under the gavel; Christie’s is extremely proud to have been entrusted with its sale.

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