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The Alfa Romeo C42 Showcar #1 was auctioned for £169,000.00

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The show car version of the Alfa Romeo C42, currently being used by Guanyu Zhou and Valtteri Bottas to fight for championship points in the 2022 F1 season, was auctioned via F1 Authentics.

F1 Authentics is known for distributing exclusive motorsport memorabilia both via auction and buy-it-now options.

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Photo Credit: @alfaromeoorlen on Twitter

They explain on their site: “Working directly with the F1 teams, drivers, suppliers and partners, we source officially licensed products as well as re-engineer race-used car parts, giving them a new life as both functional and stunning household items and pieces of furniture.”

The Auction

The auction of the show car of the current Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN now represented a novelty.

The show car reflects the chassis, including livery and sponsors. According to the auction, it is built on the same principle as the C42s of Zhou and Bottas that we see on the race track.

“The 2022 Show Car has been specifically designed for show car purposes and not for competition and has been constructed to withstand the loads exerted for show car purposes.

“The chassis is constructed from a mixture of pre-preg carbon fibre and pre-preg glass fibre, designed to represent the real car whilst being durable and able to take the load exerted through the 4 axles.

“Manufactured using the same process as running F1 cars. Utilising official 2022 Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN CAD data, composite tooling is used to create patterns, which are then used to create carbon fibre moulds via an autoclave.”

The auction ran until 10 p.m. on May 31. The final price: £169,000.00

More than just the car

But the highest bidder of the 105 bidders will not only get the car. F1 Authentics explains that Bottas’ and Zhou’s racing suits and their accessories, which were worn in Monaco, are also part of the auction. The clothing will be signed and framed. The show car will be signed by both drivers, too.

The highest bidder is now the first and only owner of the C42 show car. The auctioneers say:

“Constructed in partnership with Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN, the C42 is built to order, with only a limited number available globally.

“Traditionally built exclusively for F1 teams and partners, this limited production has never before been made available to the fans like this.”

We are curious to see if F1 Authentics will auction more show cars from other teams.

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