Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3

 

Chassisnumber
AR75080.019
Year
1970
LHD/RHD
RHD
Comp. Ready
Yes
FIA HTP
Yes
Interiour Color
Black
Exterior Color
Red

 

 

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Description

We are pleased to offer a genuine 1970 Works Autodelta Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 with chassis number #AR75080.019.

The early 1970’s remains, to many, the greatest period in the history of sports car racing. The legendary teams of Ferrari, Mirage, Porsche, Alfa Romeo and Matra battled it out in the most evocative sports and prototype cars ever built. Their speed, sound and aggressive design created the most exciting racing the world has ever seen.

Our featured T33/3 #019 was built by Autodelta in the summer of 1970. It has continuous ownership and comes with an extensive history file. Driven by well known works drivers such as Andrea De Adamich, Henri Pescarolo and Gijs Van Lennep, #019 finished 2nd overall in the 1970 Österreichring and also achieved a 2nd overall podium finish at the 1971 Targa Florio. More recently it won the inaugural LeMans Classic in 2002.

The car has been meticulously prepared with the suspension crack tested an new fuel cells installed. #019 carries a freshly rebuild engine and gearbox and has been used sparingly since its last race appearance being at the 2010 Philip Island Classic in Australia. The current owner, who bought the car in 2010, has since instructed a full mechanical refresh such that #019 is once again in race-ready condition.  

This gorgeous Tipo 33/3 comes with FIA HTP papers and with a spare set of wheels and a spare body (the original body is on the car).

Eligible for all historic events on the planet including CER, Masters and LeMans Classic, this is an extremely rare opportunity to buy a blue chip investment grade sports car that can also provide the thrill of top level competition from an heroic era.

History

Alfa Romeo T33/3 chassis number AR75080.019 was built by Autodelta in the summer of 1970 and represents the final stage of development of the T33/3 which was first introduced in 1969. The T33/3 was Alfa’s first monocoque racing car, but at a time when aluminium was the preferred material to use, Autodelta’s head Carlo Chiti, chose instead steel reinforced with titanium. Although on the heavy side compared to an alloy tub, it was tough and durable, a pre-requisite for any car racing in long distance endurance events. After a troubled birth, and a somewhat overlong development period, the T33/3 proved itself in 1971 being the only car capable of beating a Porsche 917, or a 908/03, in a world championship event, which was something Alfa’s bitter rivals, Ferrari, had failed to do. T33/3s won at Brands Hatch, beating Ferrari in straight fight for the first time since 1951, the Targa Florio, and at Watkins Glen where the Porsche 917 was denied a win in its last appearance. The final development of the T33/3 made its world championship debut at the ‘70 Osterreichring 1000 Kms where Autodelta entered four cars. New developments on the cars were a switch to smaller 13 inch diameter front wheels, new front suspension and brakes, and new noses which were lower and squarer in design. #019 was entered for long-time T33 racer Andrea de Adamich, and new recruit to the Autodelta team Henri Pescarolo, who had just defected from Matra. With Pescarolo at the wheel of #019, Henri started reeling in the leading Siffert/Redman Porsche 917 which suffered from a sick engine. Driving the car practically into the ground, Henri managed to un-lap himself twice, but with only two laps to go, the engine in #019 went bang and the Alfa slowly made its way to the pits with a dead engine covered in oil. It had though covered enough distance to be classified 2nd and winner of the Group 6 class. #019 wasn’t used again that season but was rebuilt in early ’71 with a fresh engine and was tested at Balocco the week before the ’71 Targa Florio by Teodoro Zeccoli, Autodelta’s chief tester (and who is on record as having tested and driven every T33 ever built). For the 1971 Targa Florio, de Adamich was partnered by Gijs Van Lennep sho was without a drive after Porsche withdrew his entry due to a shortage of cars. The race, as expected, was a battle between Alfa Romeo and Porsche with local hero Nino Vaccarella leading the Alfa squad. The Porsches either crashed or broke down, but the Alfa’s held together and Vaccarella and Hezemans won in chassis #020, with de Adamich and van Lennep in #019 finishing 2nd.  #019 was not used again after the Targa as it was placed in a corner at the back of the Autodelta workshops and covered in a dust sheet. There it remained untouched until December ’84 when Autodelta was closed down and everything was sold off, including several T33s and crates of spares. #019 was bought direct from Autodelta in December ’84 by South African collector David Cohen, along with two “Tellao Tubolare” TT3’s, (chassis 11572.008 and 11572.009). David instructed restorer Tony Merrick to inspect and authenticate the cars, and if satisfied, arranged to have them imported to the UK. Upon arrival all three cars were sent to Michael Caine of GTC Restorations for restoration with the restoration overseen by Bobby Bell of Bell & Colville who would act as custodian of the cars until the restorations were completed. The restoration of #019 was completed in 1990 and the car remained there until it was offered for auction in 1999 by Brooks at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It was bought by motor racing entrant and collector, John Coombs, who didn’t keep the car long before selling it to Jon Shipman through Coys of Kensington. Shipman entered the car in the inaugural Le Mans Classic in 2002, and partnered by Mark Hales, won the plateau 5 race beating off a field full of Porsche 917s, Lola T70s and Ferrari 512s of the period. Although it never won a race in-period, #019’s win at Le Mans went someway to making up for it. Jon kept #019 until 2009 when when it was sold to collector and historic racer, Gordon McCulloch.  Looked after by Gelscoe Motorsport Ltd., #019 was raced again after a seven year absence, on behalf of Gordon, by Andy Newall in the 2009 Masters series at Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Donington, then again with Andy in 2010 at the Philip Island Classic in Australia. In June 2010, #019 was bought by the current owner who had the car mechanically overhauled such that it is ready to shine again on the historic racing scene.

SPECIFICATIONS

•      CHASSISNUMBER
       AR75080.019

•      YEAR
       1970

•      LHD/RHD
       RHD

•      COMP. READY
       Yes

•      FIA HTP
       Yes

•      INTERIOUR COLOR
       Black

•      EXTERIOR COLOR
       Red