For Auction: Ex-Works Le Mans 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Spyder Lungo
This stunning ex-works Le Mans 24-Hour 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Spyder is heading to auction this coming weekend, part of Bonhams’ stunning line up for their Auction of Collectors’ Motor Cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on the 29th of June, 2012.
Fitted with racing bodywork by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, it was entered in the 1932 24 Hours of Le Mans as a works machine by Alfa Romeo, and raced by British aristocrats Sir Henry Birkin and Earl Howe. It led the race for a spell, but was forced into retirement when it threw a rod “comprehensively”.
It went on to race in the RAC Tourist Trophy later in the year, where it finished fastest but was classified fourth after handicap was applied.
After being restored to a road-usable Drophead Coupe, it continued to live a colourful and adventure-packed life, which is documented in great detail in Simon Moore’s ‘The Legendary 2.3′.
This wonderful machine is drenched in providence and significance and immaculately presented. It is expected to fetch between £2.5 million and £4 million at auction.
Bonhams’ Auction of Collectors’ Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood will be held at Goodwood Estate on the 29th of June, 2012. Head to their website here for more, and click this link for more on the Alfa.
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