Rebuilding the car was not the work of a moment. It took 20 years of work and research, and Christopher even met legendary Alfa Romeo engineer Guiseppe Busso who had worked on it originally. “We even met Sanesi himself, he remembered the car with not a great deal of affection.”
The bodywork needed rebuilding from scratch, and Christopher had it made in Italy using the original drawings. “You can see the hammer marks, which is fun,” he says. Mechanically, the car is very original. In the engine, the pistons are new, but everything else is from the 1950s: crank, rods, carburettors… even valves.
It was built by Hall & Hall fifteen years ago and hasn’t been touched since. “It’s a tough engine, but it’s the only one. There are no spares. Every time I race it, I think I mustn’t break it,” says Christopher. He’s not afraid to use it, though. As well as racing it, he also uses it on the road a lot, for everything from trips to Tesco to touring the Dolomites. “At the end of the day, it’s just a car…”
A very special one, which is enjoyed as intended.
Photography by Tom Shaxson