It takes just a glance to realize any of these Alfa Romeo B.A.T. concept cars are incredibly important to both the company’s history and to automotive design. Gaze on all three together and that impression deepens, as does one’s appreciation for their designer, Bertone’s Franco Scaglione. Learn they’re not scattered in various museums or secreted away in private collections and that all three are available in a single, unprecedented auction, and you might conclude you’re looking at a once-in-a-lifetime event. You’re probably right.
The Berlinetta Aerodynamica Tecnica concepts aren’t merely pretty, they lived up to their names as legitimate aerodynamic technical studies commissioned by Alfa Romeo. One goal was to attain high speeds using modest—or by modern standards, anemic—engines. The numbering system is a little obtuse, but B.A.T. 5 debuted in 1953, B.A.T. 7 in ’54, and B.A.T. 9d in ’55. As for aerodynamics, B.A.T. 5 managed a claimed 0.23