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Will this be this year's Mille Miglia’s most unlikely entry?


Will this the 2017 Mille Miglia’s most unlikely entry?
Coys’ Autosport sale, next weekend in Birmingham, features an eclectic mix of motorsports vehicles, many of which are eligible for historic racing and rallying. We can see ourselves rallying this Alfa or this Ford or how about a rather unlikely but original Group B rally car?

Unlikeliest of them all, however, has to be the 1952 Alfa-Romeo 1900 M ‘Matta’ that Coys flags off as ‘Mille Miglia eligible’. Sure, since a decade or so, that phrase is abused to vend anything from rusty pre-’57 Beetles to very obscure Etceterinis. But, for heaven’s sake, a Matta? It turns out to be no mistake. In fact, two of the military Alfa-Jeeps made it to the 1952 road race. One of them was driven by Captain Antonio Costa and Lieutenant Francesco Verga who finished 114th overall, beating 158 of the other entries of that year. Among those exotic machinery such as a Ferrari 166 Inter, several Lancia Aurelias, a Maserati A6, three Zagato bodied Fiats, two Stanguellinis and three Cisitalias... We reckon that shovel and pick axe may come in handy, too. This could be fun.

(Words Jeroen Booij, pictures courtesy Coys of Kensington) 

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