An Alfa Romeo 155 race car that was used in various touring car championships throughout Europe in the 1990s is heading to auction in mid-June.
Alfa Romeo homologated the 155 to FIA Class 1 Touring Car specifications. This particular model was built for the 1996 Italian Touring Car Championship and when driven by Nicola Larini, secured victories at Interlagos and Mugello. It also secured pole position starts at Magny-Cours and Mugello.
Following the 1996 season, the car was returned to Alfa Corse and had two owners located within northern Italy. The consignor purchased the car in 2018 and imported it to Germany where, in July 2018, German specialist Scuderia Gran Tourismo prepared the car to compete in the inaugural DTM Classics Series.
No less than €350,000 has been spent over the past five years on the car. It won its DTM Classics debut at the Norisring on July 7, 2019 and later claimed fourth at the Lausitzring on 25 August, 2019. In March 2020, RM Sotheby’s notes that the engine and transmission were rebuilt and dyno-tested in Germany.
Powering the 155 ITC racer is a potent V6 that features a lightweight block, 90-degree geometry, pneumatic valve springs, and redlines to an extraordinary 11,900 rpm. This engine is good for 490 hp and is mated to a six-speed semi-sequential transmission from Xtrac that sends the car to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.5 seconds. It can hit more than 186 mph (300 km/h).
Pre-auction estimates suggest the car will sell for between €700,000 ($852,000) and €800,000 ($974,000).