- 3 gorgeous midcentury idea cars and trucks are expected to rake in as much as $20 million at auction later on this month.
- Alfa Romeo commissioned the BAT 5, 7, and 9d as studies in aerodynamic efficiency and revealed them in 1953, 1954, and 1955, respectively.
- A collector purchased all 3 automobiles in 1989 and will sell them as a plan October 28 through RM Sotheby’s.
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The trio of one-off lorries– the Berlina Aerodynamica Tecnica 5, 7, and 9d— were research studies in aerodynamic effectiveness commissioned by Alfa Romeo and built by style studio Bertone from 1953 to 1955.
The designs all sport futuristic styling that looks right out of “The Jetsons,” with swooping lines, teardrop shapes, and giant wing-like fins that make the acronym BAT an apt description.
The classic-car market is still going strong, regardless of the pandemic-fueled economic recession.
Take a closer look at the BAT principles listed below:
Three beautiful Alfa Romeo principle automobiles from the 1950 s are up for sale through RM Sotheby’s.
The BAT 5, 7, and 9d cross the block on October 28 as a trio, and the auction house estimates that they’ll cost in between $14 million and $20 million.
Alfa Romeo had one vehicle constructed each year from 1953 to 1955– they were developed by Franco Scaglione and made by Bertone.
In producing the ideas, Alfa Romeo aimed to try out aerodynamic design and reduce drag.
For this reason the cars and trucks’ remarkable tail fins …
… teardrop shape …
… and closed-in wheel wells.
And Bertone prospered in making the cars really effective– the black 1953 BAT 5 clocked a top speed of 123.6 mph in spite of its small 43- horse power engine.
The blue BAT 7 from 1954 was even more sophisticated, making a coefficient of drag of.19 that makes it slipperier than the Tesla Design S.
With the 1955 BAT 9d, Alfa Romeo sought to construct something a bit more practical for the road, although the car was never ever standardized.
All three automobiles were sold after their particular car show seasons, changing hands a number of times over the decades.
One owner of the BAT 7 had its fins removed for much better exposure.
But it– and all the other BAT designs– were ultimately brought back.
After seeing all 3 vehicles displayed together at the 1989 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a personal collector made deals each owner and unified the trio.
Now more than 30 years later, that collector is parting ways with the group.
Sotheby’s describes the cars as an “automotive triptych” and is selling them throughout its Contemporary Art Night sale on October 28.