A 1969 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 and 2001 Ferrari 550 GTS Prodrive were announced for the RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2020 classic car sale.
The first two high profile cars for the biennial RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2020 classic car auction were announced. The 1969 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3, estimate €2.200.000 – €2.600.000, originally raced as an Autodelta works team car and appeared in the Steve McQueen film Le Mans. The 2001 Ferrari 550 GTS Prodrive, estimate €3.000.000 – €4.000.000, had a successful racing history including overall winner of the 2004 24 Hours of Spa and the 2004 FIA GT Championship.
RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2020 Sale
RM Sotheby’s biennial Monaco 2020 classic car auction: 9 May 2020 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo to coincide with the Monaco Historic Grand Prix.
RM Sotheby’s earned €23,317,290 at the Monaco 2018 sale. At the RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2016 sale, RM Sotheby’s earned €27.5 million with the top result €7,280,000 for a 1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta.
1969 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3
One of the best-looking sports racing cars of its era and highly competitive through the decades, the 1969 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3, chassis no. 105.80.023, estimate €2.200.000 – €2.600.000, will be offered at the RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2020 sale. The car was an Autodelta factory team car with significant history on the grid.
Chassis no. 105.80.023 raced at the 1970 Targa Florio, where it was piloted by Toine Hezemans and Masten Gregory. A month later, Nanni Galli and Rolf Stommelen ran as high as 2nd overall at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Following its works career, the Tipo 33/3 was purchased directly from Carlo Chitti’s Autodelta team by its first private owner, Weiss-Siam – a company responsible for importing Koni shock absorbers to Italy, and the supplier of suspension parts to Autodelta – in 1973. The car remained with Weiss-Siam for 30 years, until it was sold to a second Italian owner in 2003, where it is seen in photographs in completely original condition.
Purchased by the consignor in 2012, in-depth research has been carried out to clarify its early history, which included appearing in the iconic film Le Mans alongside Steve McQueen. Having been fully restored with historic racing in mind it has successfully competed across Europe over the course of the last several years, appearing at the Le Mans Classic and the Spa Classic in the very capable hands of Emanuele Pirro.
Importantly, the Alfa Romeo is offered with an entry to the 2020 Le Mans Classic, arguably the most anticipated historic racing event of the year.
These cars are rare but RM sold a 1968 Alfa Romeo Tip 33/2 Daytona for €1,260,000 ($1.7 million) at Monaco 2014.
2001 Ferrari 550 GTS Prodrive
The 2001 Ferrari 550 GTS Prodrive, chassis no. 108418/CRD02, estimate €3.000.000 – €4.000.000, an iconic and highly effective racing car with an extensive GT racing career, will also be on offer at the RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2020 sale.
As the second Ferrari 550 GTS built by Prodrive for Care Racing, the car made its debut towards the end of the 2001 season with an appearance in the American Le Mans Series before traveling to Europe where it would begin a successful racing career. The Ferrari was campaigned by BMS Scuderia Italia and amassed 14 victories in its division, as well as racing its way to a class victory at the 24 Hours of Spa in 2003 and, more importantly, overall winner of the 2004 24 Hours of Spa, and the 2004 FIA GT Championship.
The Ferrari retains its FIA Identification Form and UK road registration document, as well as a comprehensive history file of work undertaken and wider race history with competitive results.
Monaco Historic Grand Prix Car Auctions 2020
Classic car auctions are held biennially during the Monaco Historic Grand Prix racing weekend. Bonhams and RM Sotheby’s usually schedule major car sales to coincide with this popular historic racing event.
Monaco Classic Car Auction Announcements:
- RM Sotheby’s: Racing Cars (including Ferrari 550 GTS & Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3)
Previous Monaco Auction Results: