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The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Coupe “When I see an Alfa Romeo go by, I tip my hat,” said Henry Ford in 1939 to Ugo Gobbato, engineer and managing director of Alfa Romeo. Ford’s reverential comment reflected the admiration the automotive world had for the Italian automaker. Alfa Romeo cars were famously celebrated for speed, elegance, and comfort. The distinctive Alfa Romeo 6C 2500, a dramatic study in fluid design and advanced engineering, was introduced the year Ford made his comment. With exquisite coachwork — by masters such as Bertone, Pinin Farina, Ghia, and Carrozzeria Touring — and superior performance capabilities, it was the first non-racing Alfa Romeo to reach speeds beyond 100 mph and was quickly embraced by automobile aficionados. During WWII, the company shifted to military machinery and few civilian Alfa Romeos were produced. But in 1947, an evolved and expensive 6C 2500 trumpeted the company’s highly anticipated return to the passenger-car market and the continuation of the prestigious Alfa Romeo marque.
The 6C 2500 was the last dedicated coachbuilt Alfa Romeo model. The line included a five-passenger Berlina, a four-/five-passenger Cabriolet, a two-passenger Cabriolet, and a Berlinetta coupe with superleggera (super light) coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan. The coupe was also available as a triple-carb Super Sport or “SS” model — the car presented here— and, with its increased engine compression, it was the most technologically advanced of the line. Styling, grace, and high-speed performance made the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS a must-have favorite of celebrities, royalty, and the international set. This 6C 2500 remains a uniquely beautiful and exceedingly drivable car today.
This Car Constructed in 1950, the 6C 2500 SS Touring Coupe offered here may be considered the epitome of the sophistication, glamour, and luxury that symbolizes the legendary splendor of Alfa Romeo. This particular car was sold in 1950 to Signor Silvio Carlo Tricini of Corano (PV), Italy, just south of Milan. By the end of the decade, the coupe had journeyed to Southern California where it passed through several owners. According to the consignor, during the period of sequential ownership, the car’s engine was rebuilt, and it was converted to left-hand drive. In 1989, the car was placed into storage in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it quietly resided until it was purchased in May 2009 by noted collector Lawrence Klein.
The consignor further advises that this 6C 2500 has now been restored to an exacting standard. Supporting this claim are three prestigious honors the car received in 2012: First in Class and the Honorary Judges Trophy at the Palo Alto Concours; the Vitesse Elegance Award and Second in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours; and First in Class and recipient of the Most Elegant Post-War Closed Car trophy at the Hillsborough Concours.
The restoration presents as a wellresearched, no-expense-spared ef fort. The paint and bodywork were finished to concours levels by Brian Hoyt of Perfect Reflections in Hayward, California. The car’s aluminum body was stripped and repainted a lustrous dark green, creating a stunning finish that leads a viewer’s eyes from the seductively curved grille, headlights, and fenders along sleek side panels to the elegant, spear-shaped taillights. A pebble grain, tan leather interior, designed to maximize passenger comfort, is the result of the artistry of premier trimmer Ken Nemanic of Vintage Automotive Upholstery in Walnut Creek, California. The coupe’s rear baggage area is outfitted with period luggage finished in exotic hides. The Alfa Romeo also boasts distinctive passenger compartment features, including the original Aster multiband shortwave radio with a “Vaticano” dial setting and Lucite fascia, a floor-mounted gear lever, and an artfully finished three-spoke, engraved aluminum steering wheel with abachi wood trim. Silver-plated chain door pulls and rear window roll-up curtains are elegant finishing touches.
Mechanical aspects were also addressed in the restoration—the electrical system, drivetrain, suspension, brakes, and other operational systems were attended to, and the coupe was converted back to the original right-hand-drive configuration. Dunlop Fort tires give this Alfa Romeo an aggressive period look and a confident grip on the road.
Included with this exceptional coupe are the original parts and owner’s manuals in Italian, an English version of the owner’s manual, assorted original tools with the jack and handle, and period-correct front and rear Italian license plates. A number of superleggera and cloisonné touring badges adorn the hood, sides, and trunk of the car. This superb 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Coupe is one of an extremely limited number built from 1947 to 1951, and far fewer are thought to exist today, making it an extraordinarily uncommon find. It is an incredible representation of everything appealing about an alluring Italian classic: breathtaking styling, remarkable performance, abundant road aplomb, and an unrelenting confidence in its own capabilities. This is, in fact, much more than a car; this is a car to be displayed, entered into rallies, admired, and thoroughly enjoyed.