In 1920 Alfa Romeo’s then head designer, Merosi, began work on a new model for the company that would become known as the RL. It had a 3 litre, six cylinder, overhead valve engine with a four speed gearbox and live rear suspension – all of which put it at the forefront of design. Producing 56hp, it was a lively drive and became very popular resulting in Alfa selling a total of 2640 cars.
In 1923 in light of the RL’s success, Alfa Romeo produced a smaller displacement model based on the RL – this was called the RM and was similar to its predecessor but powered by a 1944cc, four cylinder engine generating 40hp. Three different versions of the RM were offered for each year of production: the 1923 Normal, 1924 Sport and 1925 Unificato. For the Sport model they raised the compression ratio giving it higher power output of 44hp and a cruising speed of 56mph. A total of around 500 RMs were produced over the 3 years of manufacture, many of which were raced including the 1923 Coppa delle Alpi.
This exceptionally rare RM Torpedo Tourer model has benefited from a thorough restoration by the current owner over a three year period, and is ready to be enjoyed once more. Finished in Alfa dark red with a green leather interior, and with a rebuilt engine and gearbox, this is a fine prospect for the vintage car enthusiast. The Alfa-Romeo is available with the wings which are currently not fitted, and is offered with Italian registration papers.