1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS Villa d'Este  Chassis no. 915916 Engine no. 928323

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1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS Villa d'Este
Chassis no. 915916 Engine no. 928323

Sold for € 203,000 (US$ 228,902) inc. premium
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS Villa d'Este
Coachwork by Touring

Chassis no. 915916
Engine no. 928323
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. Touring’s memorable Villa d’Este coupé is an all-time classic. It was named after one of Italy’s most celebrated hotels, situated on the shores of Lake Como, which still hosts a world-renowned Concours d’Elegance. When a 6C 2500SS with special coachwork by Touring won the event, it was decided to make a limited run for select clients

This elegant Villa d’Este coupé was delivered new to first owner Hermann Mattheis in Rome. Restored by KCA in the late 1980s, the car retains its original engine and is finished in grey with matching carpets and re-trimmed blue leather upholstery. It was purchased by the vendor from the son of KCA’s owner, and boasts original Plexiglas side and rear windows, chromed wire wheels, additional instrumentation (thermometer) and a rare Touring steering wheel. Eligible for all the most important historic rallies, Concours d’Elegance events and other prestigious gatherings, the car is presented in generally very good condition and offered with FIVA passport, restoration photographs and valid Italian libretto.

Cette élégante ‘Villa d’Este’ fut livrée neuve à Hermann Mattheis, à Rome. Restaurée par les ateliers KCA à la fin des années 80, la voiture est toujours équipée de son moteur d’origine. Elle se présente ici dans sa livrée grise avec les moquette assorties et une sellerie refaite en cuir bleu. L’actuel vendeur l’a acquise auprès du fils du propriétaire de KCA. Elle est équipée de vitres arrière et latérales en plexiglas, de ses roues à rayons chromées, d’un thermomètre additionnel et d’un rare volant Touring. Eligible dans la plupart des grands rallyes historiques, Concours d’Elégance et évènement classiques, la voiture est en trés bon état. Elle sera livrée avec son passeport FIVA, ses photographies de restauration et ses documents italiens d’immatriculation à jour.
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