Former Mille Miglia Retrospective participant in 2000
1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 3rd Series Sport
Coachwork by Diamante
Chassis no. 915.134
Engine no. SS923934
The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was the final flowering of a noble line of sports models that had originated in 1925 with the 6C 1500. The latter was the first expression of the genius of designer Vittorio Jano, who had masterminded the Italian firm's meteoric rise to international prominence in the mid-1920s. His P2 and Tipo B Monoposto Grand Prix cars proved virtually unbeatable at premier level in their heyday, while his family of six-cylinder sports-racing cars has passed into the annals of motoring history as the standard-setter of its time.
Jano visualised the 6C 1500 as a fast touring car that would capitalise on the favourable publicity generated by the success of his Grand Prix racers. Intended as 'a small chassis of very high quality... no expense was to be spared in attaining this object', the 6C 1500 was first revealed in prototype form at the Milan Motor Show in April 1925, though production did not begin until 1927. Jano had settled on a six-cylinder model with a capacity of 1,500cc as he believed that its combination of low weight with a high specific power output would result in superlative performance.
These principles would be maintained throughout the 1930s as Alfa's six-cylinder range evolved through 1750, 1900 and 2300 models before arriving at its zenith in 1939 in the form of the 6C 2500. Destined to be the last of the separate-chassis Alfa Romeos, the 2500 was a development of the preceding 2300 and the final Alfa model to be designed by Jano. The engine was, of course, the latest version of Alfa's race-developed double-overhead-camshaft 'six', its 2,443cc displacement having been arrived at by enlarging the bore of the 2300. Owners included King Farouk of Egypt, The Shah of Iran and Prince Rainer of Monaco.
Its Portello factory devastated by wartime bombing, Alfa Romeo did not resume car production until 1946 with, inevitably, a pre-war carry-over, the 6C 2500 in a variety of new guises forming the basis of the Milanese marque's post-war recovery. Styled in-house but strongly influenced by Touring, the five-seater Freccia d'Oro (Golden Arrow) sports saloon was built alongside coupé and cabriolet versions featuring bodies by the likes of Pinin Farina, Touring and Ghia, plus a six/seven-seater berlina on a longer wheelbase.
The Alfa tradition of building driver's cars par excellence was upheld by the 2500, for although the box-section chassis was no longer state-of-the-art it boasted all-independent suspension, generously-sized brakes, fast-geared steering and an unusually slick, column-mounted gearchange. Maximum power ranged from 87bhp in the long-wheelbase saloon to 95bhp in single-carburettor Sport guise, while the triple-carburettor Super Sport had 110 horsepower on tap. Considerably lighter than the saloon, the latter could easily exceed 100mph. The short-wheelbase Super Sport chassis was manufactured until 1951, by which time 383 had been produced. Most of these bespoke, hand-built cars were bodied as Superleggera coupés by Touring, while the remainder received cabriolet coachwork by Pinin Farina.
Right-hand drive, like all Alfa Romeos prior to the 1900 model, chassis number '915134' was completed with a cabriolet body by Carrozzeria Touring and delivered new to Von Carnap in Berlin on 20th March 1942. Von Carnap was dealer specialising in the delivery of exclusive automobiles to top functionaries in the government.
Another 6C 2500, chassis number '915119', was delivered to the same importer in February 1943 and is today part of the Dauphin Collection.
After the war, '915134' was rediscovered in the USA and was purchased by Mr F W Dauphin in March 1998. By that time fitted with a different body, the car was rebuilt in Italy by Alfa-Romeo specialists Dambacher with a Diamante Touring Corsa Spider body (invoices on file). '915134' was completed with Corsa 256 components to 6C 2500 Super Sport specification and completely overhauled, including the engine, which has been fitted with triple carburettors. In 2000 the Alfa participated in the Mille Miglia.
In 2008 the last (Hungarian) owner had further refurbishment carried out (see invoice on file for 34,320) and successfully completed many historic events with the Alfa. The car is presented in generally excellent condition both cosmetically and mechanically, having recently passed the German technical inspection (TüV) without any problems. Offered with German Fahrzeugbrief and numerous invoices, '915134' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a classic Alfa Romeo eligible for all the most important historic motor sports events and other prestigious gatherings, including the Mille Miglia.
Doté d'une direction à droite comme toutes les Alfa antérieures à la 1900, le châssis n° 915134 fut habillé en cabriolet par Carrozzeria Touring et livré neuf le 20 mars 1942 à Berlin à von Carnap, négociant spécialisé dans la fourniture de voitures prestigieuses aux hauts fonctionnaires gouvernementaux. Un autre châssis 6C 2500, n° de châssis 915119, livré au même importateur en février 1943, fait aujourd'hui partie de la Dauphin Collection.
Après la guerre, le châssis n° 915134 fut redécouvert aux Etats-Unis et acquis par M. F. W. Dauphin en mars 1998. Equipée à l'époque d'une caisse différente, la voiture fut reconstruite en Italie par le spécialiste Alfa Romeo Dambacher avec une caisse Diamante Touring Corsa Spider (factures dans le dossier). '915134' fut portée aux spécifications 6C 2500 Super Sport avec des composants Corsa 256 et totalement restaurée y compris le moteur qui reçut trois carburateurs. En 2000, l'Alfa participa à la Mille Miglia.
En 2008, le dernier propriétaire (Hongrois) fit réaliser d'autres travaux (facture dans le dossier d'un montant de 34,320) et participa à de nombreuses manifestations historiques avec l'Alfa. La voiture qui se présente en excellent état général, tant du point de vue mécanique que du point de vue cosmétique, vient de passer le contrôle technique allemand (TüV) sans problèmes.
Proposée avec son Fahrzeugbrief allemand et de nombreuses factures,
'915134' représente une magnifique occasion d'acquérir une Alfa Romeo classique éligible pour les plus importantes épreuves historiques et autres manifestations prestigieuses pour automobiles de collection.