In the “we didn't expect it” genre, we learn that RM Sotheby’s will be offering the Alfa Romeo B.A.T 5, 7 and 9 for sale in about ten days!
The Alfa Romeo B.A.T. in brief
Historically these are among the first true concept cars created. These cars were a pure study of style and were not intended for the road.
Alfa Romeo ordered these cars from Carrozzeria Bertone and Franco Scaglione is sticking to the design. The goal was to achieve the most aerodynamic bodies possible. This is how the Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 5 appeared at the Turin Motor Show 5. Nothing to do with a bat (well not directly), the name is the abbreviation of Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica.
The car is impressive with a drag coefficient of 0.23. The technical basis is less innovative since it is a “base” Alfa Romeo 1900 with its in-line 4 cylinders that is used.
The following year is rebel. This time the Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 7 is presented, again at the Turin Motor Show. Bertone went even further in the finesse of the drawing. Suddenly the Cx drops to 0.19!
At the 1955 Turin Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 7 appeared. This time Alfa got involved in the project which made the car more like an Alfa. The grille is that of an Alfa and there are headlights. We also notice that the fins are more vertical and more similar to those that some Americans actually wear in the street.
The cars had never been exhibited together before the Pebble Beach Competition in 1989. After that they had been purchased by one owner and restored. They were then exhibited at the Blackhawk Museum in California, a little-known museum that also exhibits a Bugatti Royale !
If you are wondering why 5, 7 and 9, it is simply because the studies of other issues were never built!
Alfa Romeo B.A.T. for sale!
As a result, the three Alfa Romeo B.A.T. will be sold as part of an art sale. On October 28 they will therefore be under the hammer of RM Sotheby’s at a contemporary art sale to be held in New York. The special thing is that the three cars will be presented … in one and the same batch!
No estimate has been given for the moment, but we suspect that millions will be at stake. In any case, sell them all three together so interesting that they can again be exhibited together … unless the buyer does not disperse them afterwards.
Photos: Ron Kimball for RM Sotheby’s
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