Three stunning cars designed by Franco Scaglione and executed by Carrozzeria Bertone between 1953 and 1955 are coming up for auction at RM Sotheby’s tomorrow (October 28th). The specific models are the Alfa Romeo B.A.T 5, 7 and 9. B.A.T is an abbreviation of Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica. These automotive works of art were designed to maximize airflow thus the rocket ship like curves, vents and tail wings.
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Unlike many concept vehicles these B.A.T cars delivered on their appearance with drag coefficient of 0.23 Cd they could reach speeds of around 125mph.
Rob Myers, Chairman of RM Sotheby’s, says: “To be able to offer the Alfa Romeo B.A.T cars as a single lot triptych at auction is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. To do so in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening sale only adds further validation to the global significance of the B.A.T cars. These three truly spectacular cars are amongst the most instantly recognizable and important pieces of automotive design ever produced. Furthermore, they have never been offered for sale as a united trio, and so the offering of this design triptych may never happen again. The importance of the offering of these cars cannot be underestimated either within the automotive or within the art, sculpture and design world.”RM Sotheby’s
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