AUSTIN, Texas — On the heels of a 1935 Alfa Romeo car driven by auto racing legend Tazio Nuvolari selling for a record $9.37 million, Motostalgia, one of the world’s premier luxury automobile auction companies has announced it will offer a 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A.
This is the original car driven by Tazio Nuvolari during which he scored the final victory of his long career in the Palermo Monte Pellegrino hill climb at the age of 57. He died three years later in 1953. This 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A holds the unique distinction of being the last of the Cisitalias, the first of the Abarths and the last car raced to victory by the legendary Tazio Nuvolari.
This original 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth chassis No. 04 is the most complete and well-kept survivor of the seven original models that were created. Chassis #04 is the only original 204A that was built for and raced by Tazio Nuvolari. The car’s originality is well documented including extensive Nuvolari racing photos from the 1950s and complete photo documentation of the recent restoration in 2010. There are numerous original documents such as the Abarth certificate or origin, the 1950 Certificato Di Approvazione (Certificate of Registration) and its current FIVA card (Federation Internationale Vehicules Anciens or International Federation of Historic Vehicles) verifying that the chassis No. 04 with its engine No, 014-1090 was the original car raced by Tazio Nuvolari during that infamous last race of his legendary career, which he won.
This one-of-a-kind piece of automobile history will be offered exclusively at the Motostalgia Auction d’Elegance during the weekend of the U.S. Grand Prix on Saturday, November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas. This is the first time this automobile will enter the United States and it ranks among one of the most important race cars in history expected to bring record bids from around the world. In addition to the historic Nuvolari car, seventy-five (75) of the finest and most sought after vehicles from around the globe will also be offered.
“Preeminent car collectors recognize the immeasurable historic value of the original cars driven by legends such as Tazio Nuvolari,” said Antonio Brunet, President and Founder of Motostalgia. The legacy of Tazio Nuvolari is what heroes are made of. His life was part of an era where risk and speed gave way to legends. We are honored to be able to offer for the first time at auction, this very rare opportunity to own the last car Nuvolari raced and won. Without a doubt, it will go down in history as one of the greatest cars ever sold.”
The auction will be streamed on the web and participants can bid on-site, by phone or online. Full color auction catalogs will be available for purchase on-line at www.motostalgia.com