Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo raises record by 40% in Bonhams auction

The ex-Tazio Nuvolari 1935 Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C-35 has set a new world record for the marque at Bonhams' Goodwood Revival sale, which was held on September 14 at the historic racetrack.

Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C-35 1935 Tazio Nuvolari
This is the same car that Tazio Nuvolari drove to come from seven laps behind at the 1936 Coppa Ciano and secure a win for the home team

Described by Bonhams as "one of the most charismatic of all the great pre-war Grand Prix racing cars", the Alfa Romeo sold for £5.9m ($9.4m), breaking the previous marque record of £4.2m by 39.8% and further adding to Bonhams' list of 11 marque records.

The auction house also holds records for Aston Martin, Austin-Healey, Bentley, Jaguar, Lagonda, Lotus, Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Talbot-Lago and, of course, Mercedes-Benz, following the July auction of Juan Manual Fangio's W196 for $29.6m - a record price for any car sold at auction.

"Selling something like this, one is aware that history is a guest at the auction, due to the car's past, its performance today, and what all automotive enthusiasts will say about the car in the future. It is more than a car for all of us who are passionate about cars," said James Knight, international managing director of collector motor cars at Bonhams.

The supercharged race car was campaigned by Alfa's proxy factory team, the renowned Scuderia Ferrari, which was headed by Nuvolari - one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.

Nuvolari was renowned for his aggressive driving style, and is credited with developing the power-drift technique.

The car was last seen at auction in 1987 at Bonhams, when it raised $2.85m to set the marque record, as well as becoming the most valuable Grand Prix car sold at auction at the time. The current price represents a 4.71% pa increase on the 1987 value.

The Invictus' low-slung chassis marked a style landmark for sports cars

With pre-war race cars especially popular on the thriving collector car market, a 1931 Invicta 4½-litre S-Type "Low Chassis" Sports brought the second highest bids of the sale, realising £953,500 ($1.5m).

The English-made motor is regarded as one of the most desirable pre-war sports cars, sought after for its exceptional driving abilities and style.

Rod Stewart Lamborghini Miura
Rod Stewart's Lamborghini has been restored by the factory and is in stunning condition

Also featuring was Rod Stewart's 1972 Lamborghini Muira SV, which is one of only seven right hand drive examples ever produced, and the last of the line. It made an 8.2% increase on its £850,000 high estimate to sell for £919,900 ($1.4m).

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