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2014-06-16 08:48

ITALIAN BEAUTIES: Alfa Romeo made some classic convertibles in the 1940's and 50's. Image: Wikipedia


Alfa Romeo’s legendary race car, commissioned by Benito Mussolini to show up the Nazi’s at Grands Prix, becomes the most-expensive Alfa sold yet. The iconic 8C-35 was snapped up for the equivalent of R93.5-million! What's more, it even competed in South African GPs!

CAEN, France - Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's official car, an Alfa Romeo convertible, has fetched €180 000 - the equivalent of R2.16-million - at an auction in France.

An unnamed Russian museum bought the car, which needs complete restoration, at a sale in Caen-Carpiquet in the north-west of the country.


The car, originally fitted with a silver facia and door releases, was custom-built in 1937 for Italian king Victor Emmanuel III before becoming Mussolini's official car, according to expert Xavier Aiolfi.

It's not the only Alfa Romeo connected to the infamous leader who was eventually killed by his own people at the end of the Second World War. See the attached article about the Alfa racing car sold by Bonham's for an amazing R93-million.

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