The Oldest Alfa Romeo You Can Drive Is Headed to Auction
Alfa Romeo has one of the most incredible histories of any automaker in existence, and now, you can own a very important piece of it. RM Sotheby’s is selling this, a 1921 G1 that’s believed to be the only complete example of Alfa Romeo’s first-ever model. Put another way, this the oldest Alfa Romeo you can actually drive.
Technically it’s not the first Alfa, though. Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, or A.L.F.A, was founded in 1910, but only became Alfa Romeo in 1921 when the company joined forces with entrepreneur Nicola Romeo. The G1 was the first all-new model to be badged as an Alfa Romeo, though some earlier ALFA Torpedoes were given the new badge too.
The G1 featured Alfa Romeo’s first-ever six-cylinder engine, a 70-hp 6.3-liter straight-six, to be specific. Owing to a lack of demand, just 52 examples were built, including two prototypes.
This particular car, chassis #6018, was imported to Australia and originally used as a farm vehicle, of all things. It was then placed into storage until it was discovered in 1965 by noted Alfa Romeo enthusiast Ross Flewell-Smith, who restored the car in the 1970s. It was restored once again in 2000, and since then, it’s appeared at the Pebble Beach Concours, the Mille Miglia and the Goodwood Member’s Meeting.