Monterey | Lot 253
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Coupe by Touring
$550,000 - $750,000 USD
| Monterey, California
25 August 2018
- One of 383 post-war 6C 2500 SS chassis produced
- Recent stunning refinish by Images Auto Body
- Comprehensive engine and gearbox rebuild by Jim Stokes Workshops
- Eligible for numerous driving tours, including the Mille Miglia Storica
Following the bombing raids of 14 February, 13 August, and 20 October 1944, the Alfa Romeo factory in Portello, which was producing weapons during World War II, lay waste. The company changed course deciding to produce cars for the masses rather than continuing to build coachbuilt models for the elite. By 1947 when the 6C 2500 series was introduced, Alfa had dug itself out of the rubble and began civilian car production with an updated version of its pre-war 6C 2300.
The newly styled post-war series incorporated a berlina, two-seater coupe and cabriolet, and four-seat convertible, with bodies supplied by Touring, Pinin Farina, Stabilimenti Farina, Boneschi, and Ghia. Gone was the semi-rectangular grille of previous Alfas. In its place was a long narrow triangle not unlike today’s cars from Milan.
Under the hood resided a 110-hp dual overhead camshaft 2,443-cc inline six-cylinder engine with chain-driven camshafts and hemispherical combustion chambers. The engine breathed courtesy of three side-draft Weber carburetors. A channel section X-frame chassis was fitted with a front suspension by parallel trailing arms with an independent rear suspension consisting of swing axles and longitudinal torsion bars. Drum brakes were fitted at all four wheels. A four-speed synchromesh transmission was operated via a steering column-mounted shift lever in line with the fashion of the day.
In total, 383 6C 2500 SS chassis were produced following the war. The car was a favorite among coachbuilders and discriminating owners alike. Alfa Romeo was a frequent recipient of awards at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este during this period, and in 1949 the special 6C 2500 by Touring won both the Coppa d’Oro (selected by jury) and the Gran Premio Referendum (selected by the public).
Chassis 915.831 was imported to Switzerland in May 1950. In November of that year, it was registered to Raymond Barbey, a private banker residing along the shores of Lake Geneva, and a neighbor to Hispano-Suiza engineer Marc Birkgit. Five years henceforth, Barbey gave the car to his brother, then living in Morocco, who maintained it until the 1970s. During the 1990s it passed through Germany, where it was restored, before being shipped to the U.S. and acquired by Swiss collector Marc Caveng.
The consignor acquired the car from Caveng in 2014, and the car was refinished in a stunning two-tone combination by Images Auto Body. In addition, chrome wire wheels were added, while carpets and headliner were installed by Franzini Bros. Following the refresh, the car was invited to the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it was exhibited, but not judged. About a decade ago, well-known UK-based Jim Stokes Workshops had rebuilt the engine, gearbox, and other mechanicals at a cost of $155,000. It should be noted that sometime during the car’s early years, the original engine block, no. 928.141, was replaced with a period unit, no. 926.778.
This car is Mille Miglia eligible and will surely be welcomed at prestigious driving events all over the world. Since it has been driven sparingly over recent years, it is recommended that the car be thoroughly inspected prior to participating in such an event. With limited production numbers and stunning Italian coachwork, it will no doubt be a prized entry to renowned concours d’elegance, as well.