1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407

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1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale
Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407

€ 700,000 - 800,000
US$ 790,000 - 900,000
Amended
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale
Chassis no. 0231325
Engine no. 0211407
Sold expressly as a competition car, the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Mille Miglia Speciale was only built for the 1928 season, during which time 24 were completed: ten with supercharger and 14 without. For the MMS, the engine was set 20cm further back in the chassis and the fuel tank was relocated immediately behind the driver, as opposed to the rear of the chassis, to improve weight distribution. Coachwork was lightweight, mainly by Zagato, but examples were bodied by Farina and other coachbuilders. It was of advanced design, a lightweight steel framework being employed instead of the traditional timber construction.
Chassis number ‘0231325’ was sold new to Ugo de Giovanni and registered to him in Torino on 3rd July 1928. Giovanni competed in the Mille Miglia that year (competitor number ‘36’ with co-driver G Boris) and finished 39th overall. His car was described as a ‘6C 1500 Sport’ and on 29th April 1928 he drove an Alfa in a sports car race at Alessandria, finishing 17th overall and 4th in class.
The MMS was sold to Elio Scampini on 26th November 1928 and registered ‘3556 VA’ (Varese) on 30th November that year. Scampini competed in the Mille Miglia on 13/14th April 1929 with co-driver Bogani (competitor number ‘71’) finishing 17th overall and 3rd in class. An identical MMS took part in 1930 Mille Miglia with driver Gualtiero Natali (this car’s next owner) carrying competitor number ‘105, finishing 144th overall, although it is not known if it was this car.
Natali then sold the Alfa to Conte Anselmo Anselmi, of Arcevia (Ancona) where it was re-registered ‘2285 AN’. Anselmi possibly competed with the car in the Tolentino-Colle di Paterno hill climb on 20th July 1930, finishing 1st in the 1500cc sports car class. Recorded as still resident in Italy in 1937, the car subsequently was exported by an English officer, Arthur Webb, to Tripoli where in 1958 it was sold by him to a Captain Henderson. An accompanying photograph shows the car running at speed on an airfield in Tripoli, and its Libyan logbook is on file also.
Captain Henderson took the Alfa back to the USA and at some point sold it to a Richard Henderson, a dentist living in Madison, Indiana where circa 1969/70 it was purchased by John Delamater, a sports car dealer. Delamater immediately sold it to Kirk White who traded it with Ferrari importer, Luigi Chinetti for a brand new Ferrari Daytona! Details of this transaction appear in the book ‘Cannonball’ by Brock Yates:

‘One bright Tuesday morning I arrived at Chinetti’s with the best photographs I could take of the Alfa. After enduring the usual ritual of actually gaining an interview with him, I told him I had a treasure beyond words for him. He stared at me with that marvellously belligerent look he has, glanced down and took the photographs from me. He seemed to study them carefully, then slipped them into his pocket and turned away saying, “Go and have lunch, see me this afternoon.” I knew what was coming: he would offer to trade all of his remaining Lancia Aprilia doors and bumpers or some such nonsense for the Alfa. I treated myself to a delicious lunch at one of Greenwich’s waterfront restaurants and returned for whatever proposal he might have. “I shall trade you a new Ferrari 365 GTB/4 for this,” said Luigi, holding the photograph in his hand. I was thunderstruck. Desperately I tried to feign deep consideration for the windfall. Finally, I resignedly accepted his proposal.’

In 1978 Chinetti sold the Alfa to dealer Dan Marguiles in the UK, where it was owned by a Mr Bayliss who took part in a number of Mille Miglia Retrospectives with the car. It was subsequently sold via broker/dealer Martin Chisholm in 2004.
The MMS’s current Italian owner has competed successfully with the car at the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions of the Mille Miglia Retrospective. While in his possession the car has been maintained by renowned Italian specialist Galassi, in whose hands it has recently undergone a complete mechanical rebuild costing some €50,000. It has little use since this work was completed.
The Mille Miglia Speciale is considered the most enjoyable to drive of all the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 variants, as well as being the rarest. There are believed to be only three examples of the original 24 remaining and the car we offer here today is one of only two with the supercharger. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a vintage-era Alfa Romeo racing sports car with in period Mille Miglia history.


1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Mille Miglia Speciale

Vendue expressément comme voiture de compétition, l'Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Mille Miglia Speciale n'a été produite que pour la saison 1928, à vingt-quatre exemplaires : dix avec compresseur, et quatorze sans. Sur ce modèle et pour améliorer la répartition des poids, le moteur était reculé de 20 cm et le réservoir d'essence installé juste derrière le pilote, au lieu de sa place à l'extrémité du châssis. La carrosserie était légère, réalisée principalement par Zagato, mais certains exemplaires ont été carrossés par Pininfarina et d'autres ateliers. Elle était d'une conception avancée, utilisant une structure légère en acier au lieu de l'armature habituelle en bois.

Le châssis "0231325" a été vendu neuf à Ugo de Giovanni qui l'a immatriculé à Turin le 3 juillet 1928. Giovanni a participé aux Mille Milles cette année-là (numéro de course "36", avec G. Boris comme copilote) et terminé 39e au classement général. Sa voiture est alors décrite comme "6C 1500 Sport" et le 29 avril 1928 il conduit une Alfa dans une course de voitures de sport à Alessandria, terminant 17e au classement général et quatrième de sa catégorie.
La "Mille Miglia Speciale" est ensuite vendue à Elio Scampini le 26 novembre 1928 et immatriculée "3556 VA" (Varese) le 30 novembre de cette même année. Scampini prend part aux Mile Milles les 13 et 14 avril 1929, avec Bogani comme copilote (numéro de course "71"), se plaçant 17e au classement général et troisième de sa catégorie. Une "Mille Miglia Speciale" identique est engagée aux Mille Milles 1930, pilotée par Gualtiero Natali (le propriétaire suivant de cette voiture), portant le numéro de course "105". Elle se classe 144e au général, mais sans que l'on puisse préciser s'il s'agit de cette voiture.
Natali vend alors l'Alfa Romeo au comte Anselmo Anselmi, d'Arcevia (Ancône), où elle est immatriculée "2285 AN". Anselmi participe probablement avec la voiture à la course de côte "Tolentino-Colle di Paterno" le 20 juillet 1930, se classant premier de la catégorie 1500 Sport. Toujours enregistrée en Italie en 1937, la voiture est ensuite exportée par un officier britannique, Arthur Webb, à Tripoli où il la cède en 1958 au capitaine Henderson. Une photographie montre l'Alfa Romeo en pleine vitesse sur un terrain d'aviation à Tripoli, et son certificat d'immatriculation libyen est inclus au dossier.
Le capitaine Henderson emmène alors la voiture aux Etats-Unis puis la cède à Richard Henderson, un dentiste habitant Madison, dans l'Indiana, où elle est achetée vers 1969/1970 par John Delamater, un marchand de voitures de sport. Delamater la vend immédiatement à Kirk White, qui l'échange avec l'importateur Ferrari Luigi Chinetti pour une Ferrari Daytona toute neuve ! Les détails de la transaction apparaissent dans le livre "Cannonball", de Brock Yates :
"Un mardi matin, j'arrive chez Chinetti avec les meilleures photos que j'avais pu prendre de l'Alfa. Après avoir supporté le rituel habituel pour obtenir un entretien, je lui dit que j'avais pour lui un véritable trésor. Il m'a observé de son œil merveilleusement belliqueux, a jeté un coup d'œil aux photos et me les a empruntées. Il a semblé les observer attentivement, avant de les glisser dans sa poche et de tourner les talons en me disant : "Va manger un morceau, et reviens me voir cet après-midi." Je savais ce qui allait venir : il allait proposer tous les pare-chocs et portes de Lancia Aprilia en stock, ou autre stupidité, en échange de l'Alfa. Je me suis offert un délicieux déjeuner dans l'un des restaurants du bord de mer de Greenwich et suis retourné le voir, m'attendant à n'importe quelle proposition. "Je t'échange ça contre une Ferrari 365 GTB/4 neuve", me dit Luigi, en agitant les photos devant moi. J'étais stupéfait. J'ai désespérément tenté de feindre une profonde réflexion en face de cette aubaine. Finalement, je me suis résigné à accepter sa proposition !"

En 1978, Chinetti cède l'Alfa au marchand Dan Margulies en Angleterre, où elle a été en possession de M. Bayliss qui a pris part à plusieurs rétrospectives des Mille Milles au volant de cette voiture. Elle sera ensuite vendue par l'intermédiaire du négociant Martin Chisolm en 2004.
Le propriétaire actuel italien de cette "Mille Miglia Speciale" a participé aux éditions 2005, 2006, 2007 et 2008 de la rétrospective des Mille Milles. En sa possession, la voiture a été entretenue par le spécialiste italien réputé Galassi, bénéficiant chez lui d'une restauration mécanique complète, pour un coût de quelque 50 000 €. Elle a peu roulé depuis ces travaux. La "Mille Miglia Speciale" est considérée comme la version de l'Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 la plus plaisante à conduire, en plus d'être la plus rare. On estime que seules trois voitures existent encore, sur les vingt-quatre produites, et celle que nous proposons est l'une des deux équipées d'un compresseur. Une occasion unique de faire l'acquisition d'une rare Alfa Romeo de course de l'entre-deux-guerres, dotée d'un historique d'époque aux Mille Milles.

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  • Please note that the low estimate should read 700,000 euros and the high estimate should read 800,000 euros.
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 MM Speciale  Chassis no. 0231325 Engine no. 0211407
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