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Displayed at the 2011 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’EsteCarlos F. Alsina Seruya, Estoril, Portugal (acquired in 1947)Current Owner (acquired from the estate of the above in 2006)
Classic-Gala Schwetzingen International Concours d’Elegance, Schwetzingen,Germany, September 2010Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Lake Como, Italy, May 2011Classic Days Schloss Dyck, Jüchen, Germany, August 2012 (1st in Class)
This exquisite Alfa Romeo beautifully testifies to the creative synergy between the Portello-based marque and Carrozzeria Touring, whose famed Superleggera construction technique of wrapping an aluminum alloy body around a small-diameter steel framework debuted on the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B of 1937. In 1939, Alfa Romeo introduced an updated version of the 6-cylinder model with displacement increased to nearly 2.5 liters.
Among the four models of the 6C 2500 available, the Super Sport variant was particularly appealing to enthusiasts, utilizing a shorter wheelbase and a more powerful triple-carbureted engine. When Alfa Romeo resumed production following the war, the 6C 2500 was the centerpiece of the company’s output, and approximately 383 examples of the Super Sport chassis were manufactured through 1951.
Chassis no. 915539 is one of approximately 14 Super Sports produced in 1946, according to the data of marque historian Luigi Fusi. Per the consignor, this car has had just two known owners over the course of its life. Recently treated to a comprehensive restoration that was supervised by a marque expert, this show-worthy coupe is a brilliant testament to the aesthetic and technical merits of the special cars Alfa Romeo manufactured just after the war.
According to the accompanying FIVA Identity Card, this chassis was completed on December 27, 1946, and then sent to Touring for coachwork. Body no. 3118 displays interesting developments in the coachbuilder’s artistic forms, most notably retaining the prewar dual-bumper design while adding faired-in fog lamps that frame the classic Alfa Romeo grille.
The completed car was dispatched on June 18, 1947, to a Portuguese Alfa Romeo distributor, Mocar Lda. of Lisbon. Later that year, the coupe was purchased by its first owner of record, Carlos F. Alsina Seruya of Estoril, Portugal. The 6C 2500 remained in his family for nearly 60 years before being sold in 2006 to the consignor, a respected collector based in Germany.
In January 2007, a full restoration was entrusted to the supervision of a German Alfa Romeo specialist. The comprehensive three-year refurbishment included a bare-metal repaint of the exterior in the current light gray color, which in combination with a reupholstering of the interior in blue makes for a particularly elegant color scheme. The engine was overhauled with a complete rebuild of the three Weber carburetors, including a renewal of the throttle linkage. For improved reliability, an electric fuel pump was installed, and additional cooling fans were integrated into the radiator.
The suspension was rebuilt with new bushings and bearings, and much of the hardware was cosmetically refinished with proper zinc coatings. A new fuel tank was fabricated and installed, and a dual-circuit brake system was added for superior stopping power and safety. The wire wheels and aluminum dashboard were refinished in matching blue, and all instruments were properly rebuilt, resulting in a sensational overall appearance that presents with impressive authenticity.
Completed in July 2010, the meticulous restoration left 915539 in a stunning state of condition, and the car was soon displayed on Europe’s finest show fields. The 6C 2500 claimed a first-in-class award at a prestigious German concours d’elegance, and it was also accepted and presented at the 2011 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, perhaps the world’s most discerning vintage automobile exhibition.
Accompanied by a FIVA passport and featured in Angelo Tito Anselmi’s seminal book on the 6C 2500 model, this Alfa Romeo is eligible for major events worldwide. The car’s early build date qualifies it for exclusive rallies such as the Mille Miglia Storica. As 915539 is available for the first time in the US, the next caretaker can also look forward to a warm reception at the finest concours d’elegance, where the car should receive much adoration from Alfa Romeo marque experts and enthusiasts. Eminently rare, possessing a shape that hasn’t aged a day since it was introduced, and still displaying the immaculate effects of its high-quality restoration, this postwar Touring-bodied Alfa Romeo Super Sport coupe would make a sensational addition to any collection.