1957 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce MonopostoSOLD
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Estimate: $120,000-$160,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $99,000

Specifications:
140hp, 1300cc. dual overhead camshaft inline four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with dampers, rear trailing arm and live rear axle with dampers, front and rear Girling hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 87"

Agile to drive, with excellent road holding and an engine with superior qualities, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider was immediately successful and typified Italian sports cars of the mid-fifties. Its clean, aerodynamic body gave this car a sober elegance. The 1954 Alfa Romeo Giulietta was an important vehicle for the company, because it was the first offering since World War II that truly resembled the racing-inspired vehicles Alfa was capable of producing.

In 1956, an upgraded Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce, more commonly known as simply Spider Veloce, was introduced mainly for sports drivers who wanted to race. No significant changes were made to the body, with only the rear lights being updated. This version was sporty, with a dual-cam 1300cc alloy engine. Employing dual Weber DC03 carburetors, it was capable of producing 90 horsepower. The gas tank was enlarged to better prepare it for endurance racing, while the larger front brakes provided excellent stopping power. By using aluminum alloy doors, hood, and trunk lid, the car was able to shed weight, ultimately improving performance.

The 1957 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce Monoposto presented here is one of only 24 Alfa Romeo factory prepared race cars built for direct factory-backed race efforts. These cars were fitted with race-tuned Veloce engines, modified suspensions and alloy body panels. In addition to the alloy panels, an aluminum tonneau cover was fitted to each, which accounts for its Monoposto designation.

As it turns out, only one car raced at the 1956 Mille Miglia with its tonneau cover. Just five examples were to stay in Europe and the remaining 19 Veloce Monopostos were shipped to America. Many of the cars have disappeared, being discarded after their useful racing days or were sent to other parts of the globe. The car offered may be the only surviving examples in North America. This Veloce also has the distinction of being the only one to retain its original aluminum tonneau cover.

Two Alfa Romeo factory-backed cars were distributed to SCCA Amateur racers: one going to an East Coast racer, the legendary Carroll Shelby, while this car went to a West Coast driver, Bill Pollack from Southern California. It went on to win numerous events at Riverside raceway, Pomona, Palm Springs, and Monterey during that era.

From 1974 to 1976 the car was then campaigned by Al Leake jr. to numerous SCCA National victories. In 1976 Al was named the Alfa Romeo driver of the year because of his and the Veloce Monopostos achievements. While in its enthusiasts ’ owners care, the Alfa was crashed while racing at Laguna Seca, the damage required the car be fully rebuilt and it was immediately undertaken to ensure its swift return to racing. By 1985 the car had been fully rebuilt with new coachwork adorning the now perfectly presented Alfa.

Before and after its full restoration, the car was campaigned in numerous SCCA and vintage race events including the historic Mille Miglia in 1991. The Veloce was also awarded “ Race Car Best in Class ” at the 1996 Alfa Romeo National Concours. This car comes accompanied with full FIA documentation and multiple historical documents outlining its unique history.

During the mid-1990s the Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce Monoposto underwent a complete nut & bolt restoration. Its features include a welded-in roll hoop and safety structure, on-board fire extinguisher, safety harness and race seat. The Veloce has also been updated with a modern fuel cell in place of its original fuel tank and is fully plumbed with modern stainless steel braided lines from front to back.

For the collector who is looking for a vintage European racecar with an outstanding documented history, this Spider Veloce Monoposto is a phenomenal value. As an added bonus, this car has the very rare distinction of being eligible to compete in such world-renowned vintage racing events as the famed Mille Miglia and the California Mille.

Addendum
Please note that this vehicle is a race car and therefore offered on a Bill of Sale

Reference Number 11471

as of 7/21/2007

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Car 1957 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce Monoposto
VIN AR 1495-02646 
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