1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring Superleggera Berlinetta
Coach work by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera of Milan.
Chassis Number 915.005
Engine number 923.880
Touring body number 2301
One of only five built with the “SS” engine
Racing has been a part of many manufactures of the motorcar. While the mundane sedans and family haulers certainly make the profits, it’s the racecars with their sleek styling and powerful engines that create the brand image that so many car builders like to advertise. As one of the oldest car builders in the world, Alfa Romeo is no stranger to the world of competitive motorsports. The genesis of Alfa Romeo got its start in 1906 as the Societa Anonima Italiana Darracq or SAID. Sales were slow and in 1910 the name was changed to Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili or ALFA. Alfa wasted no time in testing their cars on the track and the company had two entries in the 1911 Targo Florio and in 1914 Alfa built a Grand Prix car that was highly advanced for its day. It was with this foundation that Alfa created some of the best sports and competition cars known. Their racing program was going nicely with wins on every European track, but in 1927 Alfa created a car so special that it became an icon of motorsports. The 6C was named after its inline six cylinder engine and would prove to be so successful that it would stay in production all the way to 1954.
Alfa built several variants of the 6C during its production run and the example offered here is one of the rarest of all, a 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Berlinetta. According to Angelo Tito Anselmi's authoritive book on the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500, there were five rolling chassis of the 3000 mm wheelbase built and this example is number one. The Berlinetta coachwork was fitted by Carrozzeria Touring and is a full metal body that carried no less than three patents and was formally known as Touring design number 1137. The development of this 6C 2500 was carefully planned as several engines were built to exploit the potential of this aerodynamic design. A select few of these engines were built with a triple carburetor set-up and were dubbed as SS models. The example offered here carries the SS plate in the engine compartment that identifies it as an ultra-rare early tri-powered car of which only five were ever built. With its powerful engine the 6C 2500 was cataloged as Alfa’s fastest production car available.
The 6C 2500 offered here carries an interesting history and is well traveled. Little is known of its original owner, but records do show it was found in Colorado in the 1970s and was sold to master craftsman and well-known restoration expert Steve Tillack in the 1980s. It was then brokered through the former Deventer Car Museum to a Dutch collector. At the time it was a well-used rally car and actually participated in several events. It was then acquired by its present owner in 2006 who commissioned a full and authentic restoration of this most important piece of Alfa's performance history. The restoration work was undertaken at the shops of the Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Company in Terrazzano di Rho, Italy. The restoration performed by the expert craftsman returned this Alfa to it factory correct and original splendor and it presents today as it did in 1939. Its resurrection was also an international effort with many mechanical components being refurbished in the Netherlands. The end result is a significant example of Italian design and Alfa Romeo engineering that stands as a testament to one of the finest sports cars in history. In his book “Carrozzeria Touring” by the respected Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni, he described this 6C 2500 as “one of the most desirable of its period.”
The Alfa Romeo 6C is a car that is legendary and its development from the first 1500 model in 1927 to the 3000 in 1954 is a story of steady refinement that created one of the world’s great supercars. Truly, Alfa’s 6C has it all; performance that was unmatched in its day, coach built bodies that were the most aerodynamic in the world, and a race history with legendary triumphs at the best tracks all over the globe makes an Alfa 6C a blue chip investor grade motorcar. This Alfa 6C 2500 comes complete with its Touring Certificate and more than 200 photos of its documented restoration. With its beautiful restoration and fine coach work by Carrozzeria Touring, this Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Berlinetta is a car that will reign supreme as the centerpiece of any world class collection.
Source: Dragone Auctions Private Sales