<b>1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 915811<br />Engine no. SS928114

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Lot 146
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Sold for US$ 417,500 inc. premium
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. 915811
Engine no. SS928114

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

*Exquisite and desirable high-performance short-wheelbase Super Sport in elegant Pinin Farina Cabriolet design
*Matching-numbers example with long term enthusiast ownership history
*Recent, documented nut-and-bolt, award winning restoration
*Pat Braden Award Recipient at the National Alfa Meet & "Best Alfa Romeo" at Concorso Italiano


THE ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500

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. It featured a single overhead cam motor with a displacement of 1,487cc, six inline cylinders and 44 horsepower. The Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 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 1938, Alfa released the 6C 2500, the last model produced before the onslaught of WWII. During WWII all racing activities were sidelined, and with the bombing of the Portello factory in Italy, production of all automobiles was discontinued. When the company reopened its doors, much of the Alfa offering resembled its prewar production, both technically and aesthetically. The Art Deco influence of the Twenties and Thirties faded as most postwar cars phased out excessive brightwork, exposing fluid lines of contour. 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. The following year The Autocar magazine stated, "The current Alfa Romeo conceals as beautiful a chassis as ever with four-wheel independent suspension and a six-cylinder twin overhead camshaft unsupercharged engine."

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. The slight weight increase over its prewar predecessor was abundantly compensated by the enlarged engine capacity and superior aerodynamics, with a top speed of 97mph and an increased 110hp. 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

Clothed in elegant Pinin Farina Cabriolet coachwork over the top-of-the-line competition derived Super Sport chassis, this exceptional example of the 6C 2500 model is among the finest examples we have ever had the opportunity to offer for sale. This elegant motorcar, chassis number 915811, was delivered on December 30th, 1949 to I.T.A.C Spa of Rome, Italy. It is reported that the Alfa remained with its original owners until the early 2000s and by that point, had only traveled 19,000 kilometers from new. Furthermore, its original engine, number 928114, has remained with the cabriolet throughout the entirety of the vehicle's life. At some point in the 1990s, a bevy of cosmetic work was completed which included a repaint, a new top, and a reupholstered interior.

After coming into the hands of its second owner in the Aughts, the Super Sport Cabriolet had made the trip stateside and was campaigned at the National Alfa Meet where it received the coveted Pat Braden Award. In addition, the Alfa was also shown at Meadowbrook, The Glenmoore Gathering, Auto Historica V in Chicago, and The Masterpiece Concours in Milwaukee.

Just 3 years ago in 2016, the car found its 3rd owner who had soon after decided to commission an extensive nut and bolt restoration to be performed by Salzano Studio in Miami, Florida. Photos on file display the detailed work on the vehicle, which had been brought down to its bare frame. As it sits today, this 6C presents as one of the finest Pinin Farina Super Sport Cabriolets on the road wearing a traditional Italian sanguine red exterior over a delectable chocolate interior. The quality of the restoration was affirmed upon its invitation to be shown in Monterey, California at the Concorso Italiano 2017. While at the prestigious event, which hosts some of the world's finest Italian cars, the car won the award for "Best Alfa Romeo".

With only 383 Examples Constructed from 1939–1951, Alfa Romeo 6C 2500s are rare- Cabriolet versions even more so- and this superb Super Sport represents an exciting opportunity to acquire one of these historically important and eligible cars, restored magnificently well.

Footnotes

  • This car is titled under the 1951 model year.
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<b>1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 915811<br />Engine no. SS928114
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