Sports 2L 64s
Ultra-rare British competition car
Matching chassis and engine
Regularly campaigned in historic races
Current registration: Belgium
FIA/MSA papers (issued 2023)
Engine number: 64S
Chassis number: 64S
1960 cc, supercharged, 4 cylinder engine, 4-speed pre-selector
One of a kind
Renowned within the realm of historic racing, this exceedingly rare Alta sports-racer departed the manufacturing facility on October 10, 1937, and received the registration 'IA-1891' in Berlin, Germany, under the ownership of its first owner Franz Kitzerau. Identified as '64S', this vehicle is the fourth among a total of 5 of its kind ever produced, and it stands as the sole example featuring left-hand drive with the 2.0-liter supercharged engine. (One of these five 2 litre models has been lost, leaving just four in existence today).
In 1966, M.W. Wood of Alburtis, Pennsylvania bought the Alta from Ed Jurist of The Vintage Car Store, New York, USA. Correspondence on record includes letters from Karl Ludvigsen (August 1965) and Stanley Novak (September 1966), confirming their knowledge of the car. Duncan Rabagliatti also exchanged letters with Wood about purchasing the car. Additionally, there is a letter from Denis Jenkinson (November 1983) attesting to his familiarity with the Alta, having worked at Alta himself. Two letters from prospective buyers, David Baldock (1990) of the Alta Car and Engineering Co and D.G. Kaas (1994) of Pennsylvania, are also in the file.
Lewes Speed Trails (1939)
The Alta received a thorough restoration in 1974 and has been used what its made for ... rally's and races.
The royal blue paint on the car is a perfect fit and remains in good condition.
The red rims add a striking accent, making the car stand out and complementing the interior.
The red leather seats, with their appealing patina, are in pristine condition.
The brushed aluminum dashboard, adorned with numerous gauges, not only complements the Alta
impeccably but also evokes the aesthetic of an airplane cockpit.
Behind the seats, above the fuel tank you’ll find plenty of space to fit luggage and other necessities.
Equipped with Alta's 1,960cc twin-cam engine and a Roots-type supercharger, this car delivers massive power and revs happily to 6,000rpm. With a total weight of 800kg, the power-to-weight ratio is super impressive. When this sort of power is coupled to a well setup four-speed Wilson pre-selector gearbox it is an almost unbeatable combination as wins at Classic Le mans etc have proved.
Race and rally history
After undergoing a full mechanical rebuild the '64S' achieved a remarkable victory in the pre-War race at the Old-timer Grand Prix held at the Nurbürgring during the early 2000s. Subsequently, the car was acquired by John Ruston, who registered and occasionally raced it alongside friends. Between 2008 and 2017, they actively participated and won in numerous 'pre-War' races. The Alta also competed in the prestigious 'Fox and Nicholl Trophy' at Silverstone, driven by Sam Stretton, as well as at Spa Francorchamps. The accompanying documentation includes a current UK V5C Registration Certificate, VSCC document, the previously mentioned FIA/MSA papers, and various invoices issued since the vendor's acquisition of the Alta.
Once in a lifetime
This extraordinary British motor racing artefact holds immense rarity and significance, making it a strong contender for esteemed historic events such as the Goodwood Revival (subject to pre-war class regulations) and potentially the Monaco Historic GP (if the cycle wings are removed). And many historic rallies throughout the World.
If you're in the market for a reliable and very fast pre-war car, look no further.
This Alta is on the button' and ready for historic motorsport
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