c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270

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Lot 172
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation
Chassis no. 8613270

€ 175,000 - 225,000
US$ 200,000 - 250,000
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation
Chassis no. 8613270
En 1923, Enzo Ferrari persuada l’ingénieur Vittorio Jano de quitter FIAT pour rejoindre Alfa Romeo non seulement pour superviser le programme compétition, mais pour créer des types routiers. C’est ainsi que naquirent la Tipo 1500 puis la Tipo 1750 qui fondèrent définitivement la réputation de la marque dans le domaine des modèles de sport raffinés dotés de qualités routières exceptionnelles.
La Tipo 6C 1750 Sport de 1929 (appelée ensuite Gran Turismo) bénéficiait d’un moteur à deux arbres à cames en tête qui fit école en raison de ses brillantes performances. La carrière sportive de la 1750 s’étendit bien après la fin de la production qui intervient en 1933.





Les origines de cette spectaculaire Alfa Romeo Spyder restent mystérieuses, mais on pense qu’elle fit partie de cette poignée de voitures (dont une autre Alfa n° 8513055 actuellement en Nouvelle-Zélande) carrossées dans ce style général dans les années 1940 par la carrosserie belge De Mola fondée à Bruxelles dans les années 1930 par les frères Umberto et Bruno di Mola. À vrai dire, une photo de ce qui semble être cette même voiture conforme sur la plupart des points, excepté la présence de feux de position sur les ailes, fut prise au concours d’élégance tenu dans le Parc de Bruxelles le 26 mai 1946. Portant le numéro « 55 », l’Alfa est montrée avec la concurrente, Mlle Francine Moreau, qui porte un impressionnant trophée. Quelles que soient les origines de la carrosserie (le type initial est inconnu), le résultat est indéniablement réussi, d’une simplicité fonctionnelle typique des voitures de sport italiennes de la fin des années 1930, tandis que le dessin de la calandre est à l’évidence inspiré par celui des Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 de compétition.
Nous sommes informés que la restauration de la voiture a été effectuée par une équipe d’artisans français des plus qualifiés, qui, tout au long de cet important chantier, ont pris soin d’atteindre les niveaux de qualité les plus élevés. Les travaux effectués ont concerné le décapage de la carrosserie jusqu’à la tôle nue, les réparations jugées nécessaires et la refabrication des planchers, du capot et de la calandre avant peinture complète et polissage du châssis et des roues. Les bois des portes et les hauts de porte ont été réparés, la planche de bord refaite, les instruments reconditionnés et les armatures de siège réparées. La réfection de l’intérieur a porté sur le regarnissage des sièges et des panneaux, les tapis et le couvre-tonneau refaits à neuf. Une reconstruction mécanique totale a également été effectuée et cette unique Alfa Romeo se présente dans un état exceptionnel, prête à paraître dans tous les concours d’élégance.



‘The 1750, and for that matter the 1500… must be among the finest ever made both from the point of view of engineering and driver satisfaction.’ - Michael Frostick, ‘Alfa-Romeo-Milano’.
It was in 1923 that Enzo Ferrari, no less, persuaded Vittorio Jano to leave FIAT’s racing department and join him at Alfa Romeo. One of the most gifted and influential automobile engineers of all time, Jano would not only supervise Alfa Romeo’s Grand Prix racing programme but also design its road cars. This happy state of affairs resulted in the latter emerging as some of the most exciting of their day, establishing the Milanese marque’s reputation for producing sporting driver’s cars second to none. Logical derivative of the Tipo 6C 1500, itself directly descended from Jano’s all-conquering P2 that had won the World Championship in 1925, the Tipo 6C 1750 arrived in 1929 boasting a derivative of the 1500’s six-cylinder engine enlarged to 1,752cc. Built in single-cam Turismo and twin-cam Sport (later renamed Gran Turismo) variants, the 6C 1750 was an exciting fast touring car combining light weight with sparkling performance, more than 75mph being attainable, depending on coachwork. The 1750’s sporting career, aided by its mechanical longevity, extended far beyond its production, which ceased in 1933.

The origins of this spectacular Alfa Romeo Spyder remain uncertain, although it is believed to be one of a small handful of cars (including another Alfa, ‘8513055’, currently in New Zealand) bodied in this general style in the 1940s by the Belgian coachbuilder, De Mola, which had been founded in Brussels in the 1930s by Italian ex-patriot brothers, Umberto and Bruno di Mola. Indeed, a photograph of what appears to be this actual car, corresponding in most respects save for the presence of sidelights on the wing tops, was taken at the Concours d’Elegance in the Parc de Bruxelles on 26th May 1946. Bearing competitor number ‘55’, the Alfa is depicted next to its entrant, Mlle. Francine Moreau, who is carrying an impressive trophy. Whatever the body’s origins (the type fitted originally is not known) the result is undeniably most effective, possessing a functional simplicity typical of Italian sports cars of the late 1930s, while the shape of the grille is clearly derived from that of Alfa Romeo’s 8C 2900 Grand Prix racers.
Unearthed approximately 10 years ago near Antwerp from a small collection of cars put together by two passionate brothers and painted light metallic blue, it was decided to restore the complete and still highly original Alfa to her former glory. We are advised that this car’s restoration has been undertaken in its entirety by a team of highly qualified French craftsmen who, over the course of this lengthy project, took great pains to deliver nothing less than the finest quality workmanship at all times. Work carried out included stripping the bodywork back to bare metal, making any necessary repairs and re-manufacturing the floors, bonnet and grille, after which the coachwork was repainted and the chassis and wheels polished. The timber doorframes and door tops were repaired, the dashboard re-manufactured, the instruments reconditioned and the seat frames repaired, while refurbishment of the interior included re-upholstering the seats and trim panels, re-carpeting the floor and making a new tonneau cover. A thorough mechanical overhaul was carried out also and this unique Alfa Romeo is presented in magnificent condition today, ready to grace any concours d’elegance or historic rally event.
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
c.1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation  Chassis no. 8613270
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