On Auction: 1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Cabriolet

This 1939 Tipo 256 Cabriolet is one of an exceedingly rare breed of pre-war Alfa Romeo sports cars. The Tipo 256 was a special competition version of the 6C 2500SS prepared by Scuderia Ferrari in Modena for the 1939 racing season. This example, 915.026, was originally sold to Sigfrido Koelliker of Torino and, like many of the 256s, it was immediately reconfigured as a road car. Mr. Koelliker commissioned Pinin Farina to build a body for his Alfa Romeo and together they created this splendid, extremely modern cabriolet, designed by Count Mario Revelli de Beaumont. This Tipo 256 features a fully-enveloped design, cutting edge for the period, and shows the influence of the aerodynamic racing cars of the late 1930s.

In December 1940, the car was sold to well-known Italian industrialist, soccer player and racing driver Piero Dusio, a loyal Alfa Romeo customer, who went on to create the Cisitalia company. By 1951, this car was sold to Karl Weber of Zurich. Weber raced the car in Swiss hillclimb events and it remained in his care until the 1980s, when ownership was transferred to his mechanic. The current owner acquired this car from Weber's mechanic and displayed it at the 2008 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. Finished in grey with beautifully preserved blue leather upholstery, this genuine pre-war Alfa Romeo competition car is one of the most striking and elegant examples with unbroken provenance to come to public auction in recent years. The car hits the auction block Aug. 16-17 and is estimated to sell for $5,000,000-7,000,000. Price: $TBD