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Lot 51

1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Cabriolet by Pinin Farina

  • Chassis no. 915.303
  • Engine no. 926.113

Sold for €280.000


95 bhp, 2,443 cc double overhead-camshaft inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual synchromesh transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs in the front and swing axles in the rear, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,997 mm

  • The classic 6C 2500 body style
  • Concours restoration by marque specialist Quality Cars
  • Known ownership history since new
  • Gorgeous colours and presentation


In 1939, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 was replaced with the new 6C 2500. Whilst the basic engine design of this model traced its roots to the grand pre-war racing machines, highly regarded automotive author and historian Griffith Borgeson characterised it as “a bridge to post-World War II production”. The engine, with an increased cylinder bore of two millimetres, an improved cylinder head for better aspiration, and increased compression, could produce, in Sport tune, a respectable 95 horsepower, with performance being aided by modern, lightweight aluminium coachwork.



The 6C 2500 Sport offered here boasts what is arguably the most iconic body style for this model, the cabriolet by Pinin Farina of Turin. This design boasts styling cues familiar to the Pinin Farina enthusiast, such as smoothly integrated headlamps, flowing wings, and smooth hidden door handles, which were also seen on the coachbuilder’s Ferraris and Cisitalias of this period. The 6C 2500, however, offered the same design but in comfortable four-passenger form. The Sport Cabriolet was the first great post-war Italian grand tourer.



This particular car retains its original matching-numbers engine, chassis, and Pinin Farina bodywork. According to Angelo Tito Anselmi’s well-known work on the model, it was originally delivered to Giorgio Pelassa, of Turin, and an Automobile Club d’Italia document, included in the file, documents the ownership since new. After its TO 80418 registration in Turin, the car was registered in Rome (Roma 107224), Venice (VE 15982), Imperia (IM 10648), and finally, Savona (SV 62857), as it is today. Recently, the car has undergone a complete concours restoration, which was performed by marque specialists Carrozzeria Quality Cars of Padova. Its beautiful metallic blue-green finish and soft green interior are well-complemented by a blue canvas top and painted wire wheels that are shod in blackwall tyres, giving the car an especially sporting, purposeful look that is rare to this model. It is also complete with an on-board tool set.



This superb Alfa Romeo, which has been registered with the Automotoclub Storico Italiano, is ideal for show, swift transport in the highest of style, and tours and rallies.






Moteur six-cylindres en ligne, 2 443 cm3, 95 ch, deux ACT, boîte manuelle quatre rapports synchronisés, roues indépendantes avec ressorts hélicoïdaux à l'avant et essieu brisé à l'arrière, freins à tambours sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 2 997 mm.



  • Le style de carrosserie classique de la 6C 2500
  • Restauration « Concours » par le spécialiste Quality Cars
  • Historique de propriété suivi depuis l'origine
  • Présentation et couleurs splendides




En 1939, l'Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 était remplacée par le nouvelle 6C 2500. Bien que la conception du moteur ait puisé ses racines dans les brillantes machines de course des années 1910, Griffith Borgeson, auteur et historien automobile à l'autorité indiscutable, considérait la 2500 comme « un pont avec la production d'après la seconde Guerre Mondiale ». Les changements apportés concernaient une augmentation de l'alésage de deux millimètres, ainsi qu'une culasse améliorée pour une meilleure alimentation et une compression plus élevée. Ainsi, en version Sport, la puissance atteignait le chiffre respectable de 95 ch, les performances étant favorisées par la carrosserie en aluminium, moderne et légère.



La 6C 2500 Sport que nous proposons ici est équipée de la version de carrosserie la plus emblématique de ce modèle, le cabriolet Pinin Farina, de Turin. Ce design présente des traits de style familiers pour qui connaît bien Pinin Farina, comme des phares élégamment intégrés, des ailes à la forme fluides et des poignées de portes affleurantes, éléments vus également sur les Ferrari et les Cisitalia de ce même carrossier. La 6C 2500 offre un style similaire, mais sous la forme d'une voiture accueillant confortablement quatre personnes. Le cabriolet Sport a été la première vraie voiture italienne de Grand Tourisme d'après-guerre.



Cet exemplaire particulier est équipé de son moteur, de son châssis et de sa carrosserie Pinin Farina d'origine (« matching numbers »). D'après les travaux biens connus de Tito Anselmi sur le modèle, cette voiture a été livrée neuve à Giorgio Pelassa, de Turin, et un document provenant de l'Automobile Club d’Italia, inclut dans le dossier, décrit la chaîne de propriétaires depuis l'origine. Après son immatriculation turinoise TO 80418, la voiture a été immatriculée à Rome (Roma 107224), Venise (VE 15982), Imperia (IM 10648), et finalement Savona (SV 62857), qui est encore son immatriculation actuelle. Récemment, cette 6C 2500 a bénéficié d'une restauration complète au niveau concours, réalisée par Carrozzeria Quality Cars, spécialistes de la marque à Padoue. Sa superbe teinte bleu-vert métallisée avec un intérieur vert clair est magnifiquement complétée par une capote en tissu bleu et des roues à rayons peintes qui, chaussées de pneus à flancs noirs, donnent à cette voiture une allure particulièrement sportive, inhabituelle sur ce modèle. Elle est complète avec son outillage de bord.



Cette superbe alfa Romeo, qui a été enregistrée auprès de l'Automotoclub Storico Italiano, est idéale pour les expositions, les voyages rapides grand style, ainsi que les rallyes et randonnées.

Addendum

Please note that subsequent research for this car has uncovered an extensive period racing history. For additional information and a list of race results, please consult an RM Specialist.

Alexander Weaver

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Don Rose

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