Alfa Romeo, in a quest to research the effects of drag on a vehicle, commissioned Italian coachbuilder Stile Bertone in the early 1950s to build three aerodynamically shaped concepts based on running gear borrowed from the Alfa Romeo 1900.
The result were the trio of concepts known as the Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica that were launched in successive years between 1953 and 1955, and which can now be yours as they’re going under the hammer as a single lot at an RM Sotheby’s auction scheduled for October 28 in New York City.
Naturally, such a rare opportunity doesn’t come cheap. The estimate for the three concepts is between $ 14 million and $ 20 million.
The concepts, known individually as the B.A.T. 5, B.A.T. 7 and B.A.T. 9d, were styled by Franco Scaglione who is linked to a number of important designs including the Porsche 356 B Abarth Carrera GTL, a forerunner to the original 911, and the Lamborghini 350 GTV, the forerunner to Lamborghini’s first production car. He was also responsible for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Prototipo, whose lines were clearly influenced by the B.A.T. concepts.
Incidentally, Bertone, before it went bankrupt in 2014, unveiled a modern successor known as the B.A.T. 11. The concept was rolled out at the 2008 Geneva International Motor Show and was based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione supercar.