1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet  Chassis no. 915808 Engine no. 915808

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Lot 417
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet
Chassis no. 915808 Engine no. 915808

Sold for £ 43,300 (US$ 53,157) inc. premium
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. 915808
Engine no. 915808

Footnotes

  • 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 elegant Pinin Farina-bodied Super Sport cabriolet was delivered new in Mestre, Italy and retains matching chassis/engine numbers. In 1989 the Alfa was imported from the USA by Frazer-Nash cars of Romsey and purchased by Ian Dance of Southampton, who owned it until October 1999. The accompanying US Certificate of Title (export stamped 1989) records the owner from 1979 as one Dennis J McNamara, of Hollywood, Florida. The Alfa’s next owner in the UK was Kevin Roskruge of Conway, who traded it in against a Jaguar XK120 with Graham Rankin of Chauston, near Alton, Hampshire. Barry Burnett bought the car from Graham Rankin five years ago. It appears substantially complete and comes with copy technical and instruction manuals.
    Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, ‘915808’ represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a classic Alfa Romeo at relatively modest cost, which when completed will be eligible for all the most important historic rallies, Concours d’Elegance events and other prestigious gatherings. No reserve.

Saleroom notices

  • We can confirm engine number for this car is 923448 and is incorrectly listed in the catalogue.
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet  Chassis no. 915808 Engine no. 915808
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet  Chassis no. 915808 Engine no. 915808
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet  Chassis no. 915808 Engine no. 915808
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet  Chassis no. 915808 Engine no. 915808
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet  Chassis no. 915808 Engine no. 915808
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet  Chassis no. 915808 Engine no. 915808
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet  Chassis no. 915808 Engine no. 915808
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet  Chassis no. 915808 Engine no. 915808
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet  Chassis no. 915808 Engine no. 915808
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet  Chassis no. 915808 Engine no. 915808
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet  Chassis no. 915808 Engine no. 915808
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