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Coachwork by Stabilimenti Farina
Please note that the family of former owner Phocion Lellos has clarified that Mr. Lellos acquired this 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet circa 1959, and not 1979 as stated in the catalogue.
Mario Reynaldi, Torino, Italy (purchased new in 1948)Allessandro Vallini Lorenzo, Torino, Italy (acquired from the above in 1952)Bertino Roberto Agapito, Torino, Italy (acquired from the above in 1953)Lorenzo Carlo Cavagnolo, Torino, Italy (acquired from the above in 1953)Gambio e Vico, Torino, Italy (acquired from the above in 1954)Emilio Antonio Magini, Trieste, Italy (acquired from the above in 1954)Antonio Roberto Magini, Trieste, Italy (acquired from the above in 1955)Phocion Lellos, New Jersey (acquired from the above in 1979)Paul Tavilla, Florida (acquired from the above in 1985)Dieter Dambacher, Germany (acquired from the above in 1997)Jan Kroeb / Hans Ribbens, Almelo, Holland (acquired from the above in 2000)Jerzy Reczek, Gdynia, Poland (acquired from the above in 2007)Current Owner, Germany (acquired from the above in 2011)
Torino Motor Show, Torino, Italy, September 1948Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Cernobbio, Italy, May 2000 (Automobile Quarterly Award)Schloss Dyck Classic Days, The Netherlands, August 2012 (First in Class)
Building upon the 6C dynasty established by Alfa Romeo engineer Vittorio Jano in 1925, the 6C 2500 debuted in 1939 as the successor to the 6C 2300. Rooted in the brilliant prewar racing machines from Alfa Romeo, the 6C 2500, which was produced until 1952, remains historic as the company’s “bridge to post-World War II production,” says noted author and historian Griffith Borgeson.
In addition to enlarged displacement, the 6C 2500 cylinder head was carefully improved and compression rose from 6.5:1 to 7.1:1 in top Super Sport tuning. This, along with triple Weber carburetors, gave the 6C 2500 SS 110 hp. As before the war, the 6C 2500 SS was one of the most exotic and expensive cars of its time, drawing a list of owners that included the era’s top luminaries. Just 383 examples of the 6C 2500 SS were produced, with most of these clothed in closed coachwork either by the factory or various coachbuilders such as Touring and Pinin Farina. According to published production records, very few SS chassis were finished as open cars, and only one – chassis 915670, the car on offer – was sent to Stabilimenti Farina to be bodied as a Cabriolet, in late 1948.
Giovanni Farina launched Stabilimenti Industriali Giovanni Farina S.A. in Torino in 1919, and from this venture his younger brother – Battista “Pinin” Farina – developed an obsession with automobile coachbuilding. Giovanni’s high-quality work can be found on many Italian marques such as Siata, Alfa Romeo, Cisitalia, and various Ferraris completed before the firm closed in 1953.
On this vehicle, Stabilimenti Farina clothed Alfa Romeo’s most advanced and sporting chassis with two-seat Cabriolet coachwork. The results are stunning, with scale and detail judged with uncommon skill. The Alfa was proudly shown by Sig. Farina at the Automobile Salon Torino in September 1948 and was later sold to Italian racer Mario Reynaldi, a veteran of four Mille Miglia road races. Included Automobile Club D’Italia papers show an origination date of November 23, 1948, and by 1955 the Alfa would become the possession of six different Italian owners, as rapid transactions were quite common in Italy in the 1950s.
The well-chronicled provenance continues in 1979, when New Jersey-based Aerospace engineer Phocion Lellos acquired 915670 and brought it to the US. In 1985 it was acquired by Paul Tavilla of Florida, and in 1997 Alfa Romeo specialist Dieter Dambacher of Germany took possession and embarked on a ground-up restoration. Every component of the car was attended to and the results were completed to a very high standard, winning The Automobile Quarterly Award at the 2000 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in its first outing.
Chassis 915670 passed among two additional European caretakers before its current German owner added it to his esteemed collection in 2011. It has since remained one of three outstanding coachbuilt Alfa 6C 2500s prominently displayed by the owner. The current condition of the car attests to the quality of the late 1990s restoration, and in the hands of its current stewards, the Alfa was awarded First Place in the Beneath the Sky class at the 2012 Schloss Dyck Classic Days.
Serviced and maintained to an exceedingly high standard by the owner’s personal shop, this Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet stands ready to provide a new caretaker with the type of stylish motoring that only open, Italian, coachbuilt automobiles can produce. With unbroken provenance, plus one-off Stabilimenti Farina bodywork coupled to Alfa Romeo’s robust 6C 2500 SS chassis, this gorgeous automobile will surely please even the most discerning of collectors.