Alfa Romeo, a marque linked inextricably to its illustrious racing pedigree, reached worldwide acclaim back in the 1920s with the help of a handful of hero drivers including Tazio Nuvolari and Louis Chiron. Such was Alfa’s name married to its racing history that, by the early 1960s, Autodelta, a racing company established by ex Alfa-Romeo and Ferrari engineer Carlo Chiti, formally joined forces with the Italian marque with the sole aspiration of restoring Alfa Romeo’s motorsport credentials to the former levels of success experienced prior to the Second World War. This was no mean task and a frenzied period of development commenced.
The first Tipo 33/3 was released in 1969, hot on coat tails of some considerable successes enjoyed with the Tipo 33/2. The new Alfa sported open bodywork as opposed to the closed body type of the Tipo 33/2 and a new chassis was made from titanium reinforced avional-boxed steel. The engine was also significantly different and the 90-degree three-litre V-8 engine produced an additional 130 horsepower over the previous incarnation. Despite the new model, 1969 was a tricky year for Alfa Romeo and the 1970 season was little better. However, the 33/3’s basic design premise showed much promise and the batch of cars created at the end of 1970 for the 1971 season, of which #009 was one, enhanced performance considerably.
Horsepower was increased again to 420, a new five-speed gearbox was fitted and the weight further reduced. The scene was set for much better overall performances and #009 played a significant part in Alfa’s 1971 success story, with its most notable result perhaps a win at the Brands Hatch 1000kms in April of that year. Piloted by De Adamich and Pescarolo, beating the seemingly invincible Porsche 917s was a huge feather in the Italian manufacturer’s cap, particularly given the Porsche’s five-litre engines! By the end of the season, Alfa Romeo was placed second in the fight for the World Championship, with Porsche first and Ferrari in third.
Autodelta have certified that #009 achieved a number of significant race achievements in 1971, the full details of which are certified by Autodelta in the car’s history file. However, in addition to the Brands Hatch win, another outright win was achieved by De Adamich and Pescarolo at Nurburgring in May, along with second positions at both Sebring in March (Galli and Stommelen) and at the Targa Florio in May (De Adamich and Van Lennep).
In 1974, the Alfa was sold by Autodelta to revered Alfa historic racer, Richard Pilkington, who then passed the Alfa to Peter Krauss of the Rosso Biano Collection in Frankfurt. The Alfa remained in time capsule condition for a staggering thirty years within the collection before it moved to the Lowman Collection in 2006. The current owner has undertaken a complete nuts and bolts restoration by acclaimed Alfa restorer, La Fenice. During this restoration the date of production on the airbags was found to be August 1970, providing an exact date of manufacture.
#009 is offered for sale with a complete photographic record and history file and with all original parts bar the water pump for which a new casting was made. It has been tested twice at the Cremona Circuit recently and is offered ready to race with current HTP papers.
As a veritable gem of Alfa Romeo racing history, and possessing the accolades of a multiple 1971 race winner, #009 would be a phenomenal addition to any racing stable.