1937 Alfa Romeo  815022
Lot 695
1935/8 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Torpedino Brescia 815022
Sold for £95,000 (US$ 145,183) inc. premium

Lot Details
1937 Alfa Romeo  815022 1937 Alfa Romeo  815022 1937 Alfa Romeo  815022 1937 Alfa Romeo  815022
1935/8 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Torpedino Brescia
Registration no. GAS 439
Chassis no. 815022
Engine no. 823251
Carrozzeria Touring of Milan commenced in 1926 when Bianchi Anderloni teamed up with his lawyer friend and banker Ponzoni. Drawing on airframe technology, working with light alloys and sparingly dimensioned components, they developed and patented the ‘Superleggera’ - superlightweight – principle, resting, but not rigidly fixing aluminium panelling to a cage-like steel frame. Indeed, the earliest Superleggera bodies ever made included the 6C2300B Alfa Romeo chassis in 1937. The factory did well that year, the independently sprung 6C2300 of Pintacuda/Mambelli winning the Mille Miglia, with Cortese’s 6C2300 winning the Targa Abruzzo for the third time running, to be repeated again in 1938, now in an independently sprung 6C 2300B. Combining a huge talent for body design and the pursuit of improved aerodynamics, Carrozzeria Touring constructed bodywork of the most stunning originality ever made, BMW also drawing on their talents for their 1940 Mille Miglia 328s.

The 6C 2500 Series was introduced as a follow up to the 6C 2300 model range in 1939, this beautiful Torpedino Brescia style bodywork appearing in the Summer of that year, Touring originally giving this name to the identical type of bodywork found on an Auto-Avio-Costruzioni type 815 chassis. Indeed, two cars of this type, but with a radiator grille distinguished by a central rod, took part in the Targa Abruzzo race of that year, the Rangoni/Righetti example winning the competition. Using the 1938 6C 2300B Mille Miglia 2nd Series chassis in shorter form, the engine has recently been completely rebuilt by Chris Leydon of Lehaska, Pennsylvania, at a cost of $36,803 with full photo and written documentation, complete with three port 6C 2500 cylinder head with correct triple Weber 36 DCO 2 carburettors and air cleaners, together with a new set of new Carrillo rods. With engine output understood to be 110bhp from a 1935 6C 2300B short chassis 2nd Series example, FIA papers have now been applied for, anticipating enjoyment of this car to the full in continental events. Described as concours in all respects and ready to use, this stunning car comes with UK registration, road licence and MoT until October 2005.
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