Origins of Alfa Romeo's four-leaf clover. Details matter.

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Details matter.

Alfa Romeo cloverleaf symbol and Juan Manuel Fangio

The list of superstitious racing drivers is endless. Ugo Sivocci was one such fellow who, before the 1923 Targa Florio, found a four-leaf clover and had the Alfa Corse team paint a Quadrifoglio Verde on his RL Targa Florio for luck. He won. From then on Alfa Corse ran regularly with the clover symbol – as you’ll see on Juan Manuel Fangio’s 159 from 1951, above left. On page 129 you’ll spot the motif on a 1969 Tipo 33/3 that’s to be auctioned. Bidders will need good fortune if they want much change from £1m.