There’s just time for one more preview before RM Auctions’ Battersea Evolution sale in London tomorrow, and in a break from the modern motorcars we’ve looked at so far, here’s a pulchritudinous piece of prewar purity.

In the ’30s, when Alfa Romeo encountered financial difficulties, Italy’s state machinery stepped in and directed the company to build great racing machines that would demonstrate the country’s technology and competitiveness on Europe’s race courses—cost be damned.

Production shrank, but the few cars that were built were the best in the world, and this 1934 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 is, as a result, worthy of a place in any serious car collection.

Eligible for some of the world’s most exclusive motoring events, including the Mille Miglia, a successful bid will run you about $560,000.

Plus the kind of change you hopefully don’t need to count…