1951' Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet
1951 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 SUPER SPORT CABRIOLET - £460,000
COACHWORK BY PININ FARINA
CHASSIS NO. 915922
ENGINE NO. 928329
2,443cc DOHC Inline 6-Cyinder Engine
3 Weber Carburetors
110bhp at 4,800rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Coil Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
*Exquisite and desirable 6C 2500 Super Sport in elegant Pinin Farina Cabriolet design
*Shown at Pebble Beach, Villa d'Este and Chantilly, and participated in the Mille Miglia
*Recent nut-and-bolt restoration by renowned specialist shops
*The very last 6C 2500 Pinin Farina Cabriolet built
THE ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500
'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...' - The Autocar, July 11th 1947.
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. Destined to be the last of the separate-chassis Alfas, the 2500 had debuted in 1939 and was a development of the preceding 2300. Styled in-house, but strongly influenced by Touring, the streamlined 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 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. Introduced in 1934, the latter had been designed by the legendary Vittorio Jano and was later developed by Bruno Treviso, becoming the 2500 in 1939. Maximum power ranged from 90bhp in single-carburetor Sport guise to 105bhp in the triple-carb Super Sport (SS) version.
The Alfa Romeo 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 nevertheless boasted all-independent suspension, generously-sized brakes, fast-geared steering and an unusually slick, column-mounted gear change. The latter enabled Alfa to claim the model was a full five-seater, with three passengers accommodated in the front and two - three at a pinch - in the rear. The inevitable weight gain over its pre-war predecessor was offset by the increase in engine capacity and superior aerodynamics, the two models' top speed being an identical 97mph.
For all its race-bred charm, the 6C 2500 represented Alfa Romeo's past rather than its future, nevertheless standing the company in good stead until the arrival of the thoroughly modern 1900 model in 1950. Production continued until 1953, which marked the end of an era at Alfa Romeo.
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 915922, is the very last example of the model to receive Pinin Farina Cabriolet coachwork according to Alfa Romeo historians. Delivered on December 9th, 1951 to the company Kosta G.m.b.H. in Hamburg, Germany, the first caretaker of Alfa Romeo Super Sport was a British World War ll veteran pilot stationed in Germany at the time. He eventually exported the car to the United States, where a Mr. Robert Agle of Jeffersonville, Ohio acquired the car around 1962. Mr. Agle is believed to have been quite the collector and held many exotic European sports cars in a barn in the Jeffersonville area. 915922 would remain there, stored away in a barn out of the public's eye for decades, until it was purchased in the late 1990s by Harold and Judy Johnson of Houston, Texas. 915922 is said to have been in very original and preserved condition at the time, and most importantly, it still retained its original, matching numbers 2500 Super Sport engine with the three Weber carburetor setup. The original Pinin Farina body was also still in situ and intact.
The Johnsons initiated a restoration of the Alfa Romeo, and the exterior color was changes to white. They would keep the car in their ownership until 2009, when it was sold to a Los Angeles, California based collector. In this ownership and following a mechanical refurbishment, 915922 participated in the 2010 Mille Miglia road rally - the grueling 3-day, 1,000-mile tour going from Brescia to Rome and back, also called La corsa piu bella del mondo; the most beautiful race in the world. After the Mille Miglia, the owner would leave 915922 in its native Italy, and appointed the appropriate craftsmen at Luzzago Brothers in Brescia to carry out a comprehensive restoration. During the process, the 6C 2500 Super Sport was painted in a rich burgundy exterior color it sports today, believed to match the color on the car from new. When Luzzagos work was completed, the Alfa Romeo returned to the US, where Vermont-based upholsterer Mike Lemire installed a new interior to factory correct specifications. Noted Alfa Romeo authority Raoul San Giorgi was appointed to do the proper research during the restoration and consulted on all aspects of the cars authenticity, including verification that the engine and chassis indeed were mated together from new.
915922 was elected to be shown at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it would also participate in the Tour d'Elegance, and was chosen as the poster car for the 2016 Greystone Concours. While in the consignor's hands - a Southern California based European sports car enthusiast with a taste of the finest models available anywhere - the exceptionally restored 6C 2500 Super Sport made its appearance on the prestigious top-tier European show circuit, where it was shown at both the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este and the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille 2017 events. Offered with books, tools, and an impressive history file including the FIVA-issued Identity Card this very last example produced of the luxurious model marks the end of an era for Alfa Romeo. 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.
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- 8 May 2020