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Lot 109

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Cabriolet

Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Estimate

$450,000 - $650,000

Chassis

915325

Engine

S926139

Car Highlights

A Lovely Open Alfa Romeo for Tour or Concours
Beautiful Combination of Dark Blue Pinin Farina Coachwork with Red
Leather Interior
Storied and Spirited Vittorio Jano-Designed Inline Six
Recent Documented Restoration by Alfa Romeo Specialists in Germany
Accompanied by a FIVA Identity Card and Classic Data Report

Technical Specs

2,443 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Weber Downdraft Carburetor
90 BHP at 4,600 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Independent Rear Suspension with Torsion Bars

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled 1948.

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As Displayed at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’EleganceMichael Carre, Liège, Belgium (acquired new via Alfa Romeo Agent Franz Gouvion, Brussels, in 1948)Rik Vonken, Genk, Zutendaal, Belgium (acquired from the above in March 1978)Current Owner (acquired from the above in May 2007)

Classic Days Schloss Dyck, Jüchen, Germany, August 2014 (Class Winner)Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Pebble Beach, California, August 2015

Alfa Romeo’s 2.5-liter-engined 6C 2500 was the last in a line of spectacular road cars that did so much to cement the hallowed reputation of the marque. The 6C model initially appeared in 1927 with a 1.5-liter straight-six engine based on the P2 Grand Prix car, the work of celebrated Hungaro-Italian designer Vittorio Jano. By the advent of the 2500 model in 1938, the 6C had become established as one of the world’s finest road cars. The 6C 2500’s enlarged inline engine, with its then-exotic specification of dual overhead camshafts, featured either a single or three Weber carburetors, depending on which model was chosen: Turismo, Sport, or Super Sport. Each of these variants had a different wheelbase, with the Turismo being the longest. The 6C 2500 was the model with which Alfa Romeo resumed production after WWII and would continue to build until the 1952 introduction of the 1900.

Chassis 915325 is a Sport model and, according to the accompanying FIVA identity card, the rolling chassis was completed on April 2, 1947. The chassis was sent to legendary coachbuilder Pinin Farina, where it was clothed in open cabriolet bodywork. The 6C 2500 was dispatched from Alfa Romeo on June 10, 1948, and delivered to its first owner by Alfa Romeo’s Belgian agent, Franz Gouvion, based in Brussels. That first owner, Mr. Carre of Liège, kept it for 30 years, until it passed to its second caretaker, also in Belgium. In 2007, the current owner brought the car to Germany and approximately two years later commenced a restoration that would take until 2014 to complete.

Extensive invoices of the restoration work are provided with the Alfa Romeo, detailing work to the body – which was stripped, repaired, and painted – the reupholstering of the interior, and an overhaul of the drivetrain, suspension, and other mechanical parts.

Chassis no. 915325 remains in excellent condition, having been used sparingly by the consignor and fastidiously maintained by his in-house mechanical staff. Benefiting from an accompanying 2014 inspection report from Classic Data Marktbeobachtung GmbH & Co. KG, the few outings that 915325 has seen include the 2014 Classic Days Schloss Dyck in Germany and the prestigious 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®.

Finished in a distinctive and elegant dark blue, this 6C 2500 Sport is an extravagant yet sophisticated take on a full four-seat cabriolet. The rich red leather interior creates a striking yet complementary contrast with the Pinin Farina lines, and the delicate details inside the cabin, such as the slim, three-spoke steering wheel, give a real feeling of 1940s luxury. It’s easy to imagine yourself using this amazing vehicle for long tours, utilizing its comfort and effortless performance.