Rare Alfa Romeo Giulietta to draw car connoisseurs to Scottsdale

Gooding & Company will auction a rare Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ at its January 16-17 auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta
The Giulietta presents a rare opportunity to own a 1960s Alfa Romeo with Zagato body

With many of the top auction houses and dealers descending on the Arizona town, Gooding & Company has consigned some strong lots, with a Porsche 959 Sport and Ferrari 641/2 F1 also offered.

The 1960 Giulietta Sprint Zagato is one of only 200 built. Appealing to Italian classic enthusiasts, it has an extensive history on the 1960s racing scene, including the 1961, 1962 and 1963 Targa Floria, the legendary Sicilian road race.

It was driven by Gianni Bulgari and Maurizio Grana, who went on to drive other renowned Italian GTs such as the Alfa Romeo TZ and the world famous Ferrari GTO.

Having spent 50 years hidden away in the United States, this is the first time the car will be offered for public sale. It's expected to draw bids of between $600,000-800,000, though the rarity of the opportunity may push bids higher.

The 1988 Porsche 959 Sport is valued at $1.5m-2m, as one of only 29 Sport models ever produced. Described by the auction house as "the ultimate evolution of this landmark Porsche model", there were only 11 made in Grand Prix White.

This example is in remarkably original condition, with just 19,000 miles from new and a recent factory service. It also benefits from the Stage II power upgrade, boosting its horsepower from 450 to 540.

At $800,000-1.1m, the 1990 Ferrari 641/2 F1 was driven to victory by British world champion Nigel Mansell in the 1990 Portguese Grand Prix, where it finished more than two seconds ahead of the pack.

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