1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport
Above Images ©IMAGE CREDITS - Anthony Hazelaar @ 2003 Concours d'Elegance Paleis Het Loo
Produced from 1939 and after the war until 1951, the 6C 2500 was the last of the famous six cylinder cars first started with the 1928 6C 1500. For this reason, the later 6C 2500s, and especially the elegant Villa d'Este model were considered the end of an era for Alfa, and some call them the last of the great Alfas.
The model was built up from the previous 6C 2300 and retained its all-independently sprung suspension. The 2500 was a faster car and was the first to reach 100 mph thanks to its increased engine capacity and an improved fuel feed.
The pre-war cars could be ordered in several chassis lengths and various stated of tunes: Turismo (87 bhp), Sport (95 bhp), SS or Super Sport (105 bhp) and SS Corsa (125 bhp).
The car was powered by an Inline-6 engine that traced its roots back to the prewar competition models. It was originaly deigned by Vittorio Jano and was reengineered by Bruno Treviso to have a 2443cc displacement, improved cylinder head and a 7:1 compression ratio. The top model was the Super Sport (SS) which had the shortest wheelbase for nimble handling and a tripple carburetted engine capable of 105 bhp. Only a select handful of these Super Sports, as little as four, were upgraded to full Corsa specification.
Pininfarina, Touring, Bertone, Vignale, Zagato with many others bodied the 6C 2500, and each gave the car their own style. The Pininfarina cabriolet a particularly glamorous design, having a wide bench seat offering room for three occupants, steering column mounted gear lever and winding side windows. After the war, Alfa Romeo began producing their own bodies, a move which would eventually put an end to the era of custom coach building. Offered as complete cars, the first few bodies Alfa built were the Sport Berlinetta and Cabriolet.
As a racing car, the 6C 2500 SS made its debut by winning the Tobruk-Tripoli coastal endurance race in 1939, and continued its sporting success after the war from 1946 to 1950 with three 6C 2500 Competitziones. Each featured unique aluminum bodies and 145 bhp engines.
An original sporting version came out in 1946 as one of the first postwar cars nicknamed the ''Freccia d'Oro'' (the first post-war car). It featured a shortened and rounded rear end following the most advanced aerodynamic concepts of the time.
Very late in the production run, Alfa was very proud to release the Villa d'Este version, named after the car's triumph at the concours with the same name. The V-shaped effect on the bonnet is still reflected in the modern Alfa Romeos of today.
A total of 2800 6C 2500s were made and it was Alfa's most successful model. The specification listed is for that of the SS model.
Story by Supercars.net & Alfa Romeo
Chassis & Sales
1940 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Cabriolet by Graber 915089 - sold for $341,000
By the time Graber laid eyes on Alfa Romeo’s chassis 915089 he was in his mid-thirties, and regarded as Switzerland’s finest coachbuilder. In fact, his coach work on this car was the only work he performed on an Alfa Romeo 6C 2500, before World War II effectively halted Italian passenger car production. His work is simply stunning. Built over wood bucks made especially for this car, the car sported a long, sloping hood, integrated headlamps, s... more
Gallery: 2008 Monterey Preview
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet Superleggera 913048 - did not sell for €179,800
One of a handful of Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolets built before WWII. One of only two bodied in this style by Touring. Confiscated in Hungary, left in Brno at war’s end. Ground-up restoration in 2006, accompanied by invoices. Single-family ownership since 1970s.
Gallery: 2011 London Auction by RM
1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring Cabriolet 915128 - sold for $275,000
Chassis 915128 is one of three examples originally built in this four-passenger cabriolet configuration by Touring; of those only two are extant, and only this car retains its original chassis, engine and body. This example was purchased new by General Von Carnap in Berlin; it is believed that he was responsible for sourcing several Alfas for high-ranking German officers. Angelo Tito Anselmi’s authoritative book, Alfa Romeo 6C 2500, notes that... more
Gallery: Amelia Island 2012 by RM Auctions
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring Berlinetta 915030 - did not sell for $900,000
Outstanding, concours-quality restoration. Pebble Beach Most Elegant Closed Car. Quail Motorsports Gathering Best Pre-War Alfa Romeo. Stylish Touring Superleggera design & construction. One of only 13 built.
Gallery: 2013 Amelia Island by Rm Auctions