1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo racer to make up to $4.8m

RM Sotheby's will offer a 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 racer in its Paris sale on February 8 next year.

It's one of the most important pre-war Grand Prix cars ever offered at auction.

Alfa Romeo P3
The Alfa Romeo P3 was one of the most successful pre-war race cars

Alfa Romeo's in house team originally campaigned the P3 during the 1931 racing season, but the company went bankrupt halfway through the year.

Scuderia Ferrari, Enzo's Ferrari nascent amateur racing team, bought up the car along with several others and achieved a string of victories in 1931 and 1932.

The example offered dates to 1934 and is one of nine second series P3s.

It's painted in Ferrari's unmistakable red livery and also displays the iconic prancing horse logo.

Scuderia Ferrari and Alfa Romeo had a symbiotic relationship during the 1930s, which would come to an end when Enzo Ferrari released his first car in 1940.

Peter Wallman, managing director of RM Sotheby's Europe, comments: "Evocative of the golden era of pre-war racing, with the likes of Nuvolari, the Flying Mantovan wrestling the wheel, the Scuderia Ferrari shields adorning the bonnet are an instant reminder of Enzo Ferrari's early racing exploits.

"In addition to the P3, we are delighted to present the ex-Mille Miglia, ex-Targa Florio, ex-de Portago Osca MT4 1500 - the perfect entrant for future Mille Miglias and many other great historic events.

"That we are also consigning so many other special and rare cars to Paris is a strong indication of the continued confidence in the market and in the auction process, in particular."

It's expected to make around $3.8m-4.8m.

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