Auction Block: Alfa Romeo Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica Series Cars

Oct 20, 2020

Category: Rides

While Scaglione and Bertone are recognized as being two of the most celebrated Italian coachbuilders of all time, the two outfits didn’t always carry the same weight in the automotive world. Or, at least that was until 1953 when Carrozzeria Berton and Franco Scaglione joined forces to kick off a trio of radical concept cars constructed around existing Alfa Romeo 1900 models.

After the warm public reception of the Scaglione-designed, Bertone-constructed Abarth 1500 Biposto in 1952, Scag and Bert set out to pen a new, outside-the-box car with bodywork that largely distinguished it from other designs while simultaneously bolstering aerodynamics and performance. This resulted in the creation of the “Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica 5” (or “B.A.T. 5”), which debuted the following year at the 1953 Turin Auto Show. Between an approximately 0.23 drag coefficient and a 43hp output, the B.A.T. 5 could reach speeds of nearly 125mph. The next year in 1954, the two revealed the updated, stingray-esque B.A.T. 7, before pulling the cover off of the final Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica specimen with the B.A.T. 9d in 1955. Fast forward 65 years, and the three vehicles—which are some of the most important automotive concepts ever built—are slated to cross the auction block at Sotheby’s “An Automotive Triptych of Unparalleled Significance” sale where the trio’s expected to fetch between $14,000,000 and $20,000,000.

Purchase: $14,000,000+

HiConsumption is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

More From Rides

This X-STATIC Poly-Nylon Blend Hoodie Is The Ideal Summer Training Sweatshirt

Addressing the “Sweat” aspect of the classic workout and training sweatshirt.

Posted By Tim Huber

Partner

These Slip-On Vans Shoes Are About To Become Your Go-To Summer Footwear

Hosing them off is a breeze thanks to their one-piece injected rubber design.

Posted By Tim Huber

Partner
Featured Image

Triumph Honors Steve McQueen With A Limited-Edition Scrambler 1200 Moto

A neo-retro scrambler with a host of standard off-road upgrades.

Posted By

Apr 13, 2021

Featured Image

Toyota Just Unveiled A Suite Of 12 Gazoo Racing Factory-Tuned Car Models

A cast of characters that includes more pedestrian models like the Noah minivan.

Posted By

Apr 13, 2021

Featured Image

Bentley Takes Aim At Pikes Peak With A Bio-Fuel-Powered Continental GT3 Car

The race car aims to set a new hill climb production car record.

Posted By

Apr 13, 2021

Featured Image

Khyzyl Saleem Unveils A Slammed, Lowered, & Flared Porsche 356A

A neo-retro 356A concept partially inspired by the 964 Carerra RSR.

Posted By

Apr 12, 2021