It could sell for over $1.47 million.

Monterey Car Week, which centers around the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is home to the premiere vehicle auctions in the world over the course of just a few days. Gooding & Company will hope to gather the wealthy crowds there by headlining its sale with this exquisite Abarth 1000 Bialbero.

Dubbed La Principessa, Italian for "the princess," this beautiful gal made her debut at the 1960 Turin Motor Show, but she made her biggest impact on the track. Pininfarina built this curvaceous woman for Fiat-Abarth to set speed records, and the famous designer used the wind tunnel Turin Polytechnic University to hone the shape. The result was a drag coefficient of just 0.20. Using a 1.0-liter four-cylinder with 100 horsepower the Abarth 1000 Bialbero set nine world records, including driving 72 hours at an average speed of 116 miles per hour and averaging 118.7 mph over 10,000 kilometers. For reference, a Tesla Model S has a Cd of 0.24.

Gooding & Co’s sale will be the first time La Principessa will appear in a public auction. The car will come unrestored and will include documentation proving its racing history. Gooding says the estimated price is available only upon request, but Top Gear claims the figure is over 1,000,000 pounds ($1.47 million). Given the racer's rarity and beauty, the bidding could go even higher, though.

Source Gooding & Company, Top Gear

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