Pre-war Alfa Romeo GP car sells for £5.9million

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Pre-war Alfa Romeo GP car sells for £5.9million

A 1935 Alfa Romeo Grand Prix racing car once driven by Italian racing legend Tazio Nuvolari has set a new world record after being sold for £5.9million – the highest price paid for any Alfa Romeo at auction.

The snappily titled Tipo C 8C-35 '50013' - Scuderia Ferrari Nr '65', went under the hammer at a Bonhams auction at last weekend's Goodwood Revival classic car festival, and beat the previous Alfa Romeo auction record of £4.2million raised by an eight-cylinder Monza 2300 in California in 2010.

The 330bhp supercharged racing car was campaigned by world-famous race team Scuderia Ferrari, then Alfa's proxy factory team.

James Knight, Bonhams International Managing Director of Collectors Motor Cars, said after the sale: "Once again Bonhams has been privileged to offer a world-beating motorcar and help it to achieve a world-beating price.

"Selling something like this, one is aware that history is a guest at the auction, due to the car's past, its performance today, and what all automotive enthusiasts will say about the car in the future. It is more than a car for all of us who are passionate about cars."

Click play below to see the 1935 Alfa Romeo GP car in action over the years.