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The Quail Auction / 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet Chassis no. 915788 Engine no. 928081

Lot 37
1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet
19 August 2022, 11:00 PDT
Carmel, Quail Lodge & Golf Club

US$500,000 - US$650,000

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1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. 915788
Engine no. 928081

2,443cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 Weber Carburetors
110bhp at 4,800rpm
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Outstanding provenance, cherished by one single owner for more than 50 years
*Exceedingly well-documented, matching-numbers example delivered new to Switzerland
*Eligible for renowned Concours d'Elegance and driving events including the Mille Miglia
*Possibly the sole example to have been finished in striking livery of Black over Green leather


THE ALFA ROMEO 6C

In the early 1920s, Vittorio Jano, Alfa Romeo's premier engineer, was charged with the task of designing an ultra-light, high performance car to reposition the automaker at the head of the automotive field. The result was the 6C – a road, race and sports car whose successfulness solidified its production, in one form or another, from 1925 through 1954.

The Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 was launched to great fanfare at the Salone dell'automobile di Milano in April, 1925. The new Alfa was an instantaneous hit and went into production in 1927 with bodies coached by Young and Touring. The super sporty 6C was revamped over subsequent years to feature twin cams and a higher performance 1750cc motor. From this, it went on to win every event it entered in 1929, including several European Grand Prix, as well as the Mille Miglia. Displacement was increased to 1900cc in 1933, and then to 2300cc the following year. In 1934, Jano also added a new chassis and hydraulic brakes with individual front suspension and rear swing axle, for superlative handling.

In 1946, Alfa Romeo launched its 6C 2500 Freccio d'Oro (Golden Arrow), an aerodynamic five-seater, bodied by the Alfa design studio, but heavily influenced by Touring of Milan. Jano's newly configured, race-developed 2500 motor, with double overhead cam, was available with either one or three Weber Carburetors. The 2,443cc engine was mounted onto a steel ladder frame chassis with various wheelbase lengths according to the different models – the most desirable being the SS or Super Sport which was mounted on the shortest wheelbase in the series. As one of the most expensive cars of its era, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was owned by celebrated luminaries (e.g. Rita Hayworth, Prince Rainier of Monaco, and King Farouk of Egypt) and went on to make a cameo appearance in Coppola's The Godfather (1972). The compilation of the all-independent suspension, robust brake system, fast-geared steering and avant-garde column-mounted gear change assured the 2500 model of its place at the head of the lauded Alfa stable. With one wheel firmly entrenched in the nostalgia of Alfa's prewar race glory, the 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was the forerunner of the all-new, and thoroughly modern, 1900 launched in 1950, and the harbinger of the end of an era for the Alfa Romeo marque.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This top-of-the-line Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport was designed to be the sleekest and most agile of its sisters, based on the shortest and lightest wheelbase that Alfa offered. While the majority of the 2500 models were clothed by Touring, this gorgeous example, with its iconic sweetheart front grille, bears the superlative Pinin Farina Cabriolet body.

The car was dispatched from the Alfa Romeo factory during August of 1950 and destined for the Swiss Alfa Romeo agent based in Lugano, Switzerland. According to research compiled by a previous owner, this very 6C 2500 Pinin Farina Cabriolet was the sole example delivered in the striking Black over Green livery, exactly as seen on the car today. The car was purchased out of a Geneva, Switzerland based garage in 1957, by Parisian gentleman, Monsieur Michel Pfau, who is believed to have been the second owner at that time. A subsequent owner related that Pfau and two of his friends were avid jazz enthusiasts, and that the three of them toured in the fast and luxurious Alfa Romeo to posh destinations such as Cannes, Nice and Berlin, to attend Jazz festivals. A photo of them taken around Cote d'Azur remains in the car's impressive history file.

Pfau would keep the car until 2013, at which point he sold it to Italian car specialist Franco Meiners of Bergamo. Italy. A restoration had been carried out during 2006 and 2012, with the original black paintwork redone in Novara, Italy, and mechanical systems refurbished in Torino, Italy. During Mr. Meiners ownership, the striking Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Pinin Farina Cabriolet was displayed at various Concours d'elegance events, and at the 2014 Retromobile show in Paris, where Mr. Meiners was approached by Monsieur Pfau's old Jazz who he had been photographed with in the car many years before. Mr. Pfau had sadly passed away just a week prior to Retromobile and had reportedly left his friends with the proceeds from sale of the car, with the instruction that they should spend it doing what they loved; attending Jazz concerts!

The Alfa Romeo was later sold in 2014, migrated to America, and was here purchased by the consignor. He has since serviced and maintained the car as needed and carried out specialist work such as carrying out ceramic coating of the black exterior paint, brake master cylinder rebuild, careful tuning of the impressive, matching-numbers DOHC, triple-carbureted six-cylinder engine, and fitment of new appropriate period-correct Michelin tires to the beautiful Borrani wire wheels, filling out the fender wheels correctly and giving the car the right stance.

Today the Alfa Romeo presents irrefutably breathtaking throughout, with its stunning black exterior beautifully restored over the striking green leather interior and dashboard, with matching green tinted carpets. A period correct heater is fitted below the dashboard, which is trimmed with love Bakelite knobs and switchgear. The engine compartment is clean and correct and features the original chassis and ID plates. Thanks to Monsieur Pfau's diligent recordkeeping, the impressive history file offered with the car dates back more than half a century, and is filled with many restoration photos, an abundance of receipts and records, and the cool old photos of the Pfau and his friends. The original owner's manual is also offered with the car, and the old original French license plates still adorns the car. Importantly, the original engine remains in the car according to the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300-2500 registry.

Perfectly positioned for concours or competitive rallies such as the Mille Miglia, this desirable and rare Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet with exquisite styling and interior detail
is sure to satisfy even the most stringent and discerning Alfa aficionado.



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