1947  Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S  Chassis no. 915276 Engine no. 926071
Lot 27
1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Cabriolet Chassis no. 915276 Engine no. 926071
€210,000 - 260,000
US$ 290,000 - 360,000
Lot Details
1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Cabriolet
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. 915276
Engine no. 926071
'The current Alfa Romeo conceals as beautiful a chassis as ever with four-wheel independent suspension and a six-cylinder twin overhead camshaft un-supercharged engine...' - The Autocar, July 11th 1947.

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. One of the legendary Vittorio Jano's final designs for Alfa Romeo, and last of the separate-chassis Alfas, the 2500 had debuted in 1939 and was developed from the 2300. 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. 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. Maximum power ranged from 90bhp in single-carburettor Sport guise to 105bhp in the triple-carburettor Super Sport. 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.

This Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS carries two-seater cabriolet coachwork by Carrozzeria Pinin Farina. The late 1940s was a period of exceptional creativity for Pinin Farina, the 6C 2500 chassis, especially the Super Sport version, allowing the Italian maestro the freedom to experiment with new lines and design solutions. Indeed, a 6C 2500SS bodied by Pinin Farina achieved a 1st place award at the Villa d'Este concours in 1949.

A highly original, matching numbers example, this elegant Pinin Farina-bodied cabriolet was owned by one family from 1975 to 2013, being well cared for and used sparingly. It is believed that Pinin Farina built only three such cars with aluminium bodywork and steel doors. The car comes with ASI registration papers dating from 1948, prior to which it had been re-sprayed and the engine overhauled. The first registration number recorded is that of a 'trade' plate, indicating that the car may have been used by the factory for test purposes or shows, but sadly Alfa Romeo are unable to provide any records. Retaining its original interior leather and switch gear, '915276' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a classic Alfa Romeo eligible for all the most important historic rallies, Concours d'Élegance events and other prestigious gatherings.

Cette Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS est habillée d'une carrosserie biplace de Carrozzeria Pinin Farina. La fin des années 1940 fut une période exceptionnelle de créativité chez Pinin farina, le châssis 6C 2500, et notamment la variante Super Sport, permettant au maestro italien d'exprimer librement ses nouvelles idées en matière de style. Il est vrai qu'une 6C 2500 SS obtint le premier prix au concours de la Villa d'Este en 1949.

Exemplaire très original et à numéros concordants, cet élégant cabriolet carrossé par Pinin Farina esr resté aux mains de la même famille de 1975 à 2013, toujours entretenu avec soin et peu utilisé. On estime que Pinin Farina ne produisit que trois voitures comme celle-ci avec carrosserie aluminium et portes en acier. La voiture est accompagnée de ses papiers d'immatriculation datés de 1948, avant qu'elle n'ait été repeinte et son moteur refait. Le premier numéro d'immatriculation correspond à une plaque constructeur suggérant que la voiture a pu être utilisée par l'usine à des fins de démonstration ou d'exposition, mais malheureusement Alfa Romeo ne peut fournir aucune preuve à partir de ses archives. Ayant conservé son intérieur en cuir et ses contacteurs d'origine, '915276' représente une magnifique opportunité d'acquisition d'une Alfa Romeo classique, éligible pour les plus beaux rallyes historiques, concours d'élégance et autres manifestations de prestige.

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