Like most great Alfa Romeos, the 6C 2500 was designed by Vittorio Jano, one of the greatest automotive engineers in history, and it derives from the 6C 2300 of 1934. By the time the engine was enlarged in 1939 the model had won the Targa Abruzzo four times and the Mille Miglia. The larger car continued that tradition by winning the 1939 Tripoli-Tobruk and taking second place in 1940.
At a time when most British sports cars had pushrod engines and beam front axles, the 6C 2500SS (Super Sport) seemed to come from another planet. Its dohc engine produced 110bhp, good for 103mph, it had synchromesh on 3rd and 4th gears and the chassis featured all-independent suspension by trailing links and coil springs at the front and swing axles and torsion bars at the rear. While most 6C 2500s had a surprisingly long wheelbase (118”) the Super Sport had a 106” wheelbase and was over 300lbs lighter. Even after the war the design was sufficiently advanced for competition versions to take 3rd place in the Mille Miglia in 1948 and 1949, and 2nd in the 1949 combined Targa Florio/Giro di Sicilia.
All Alfa Romeos were favourite targets of Italian carrozzieri who created some extraordinarily beautiful designs for the 6C 2500.
This superb Alfa Romeo 6C is one of the rare original bodied cabriolets by the most famous Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina, of which only very few were made between 1939 and 1952.
The 6C 2500 S was ordered on 28th October 1947 by a Spanish Alfa Romeo importer called Ruiz Jimenez and delivered on 9.march 1948. It was then sold to a Mr. Dioniso, who was then the head of the Madrid stock exchange. He gifted the car to his mistress, Ms. Emilia Sierra. The car retains an interesting additional data plate, issued in Spain, which details its delivery to Ms. Sierra.
For the next 40 years, # 916009 remained in its original ownership. In 1987 the second owner had the car restored and kept it well maintained before passing it to the third owner.
The car`s body was found to be supremely original, aside from having been repainted and had never seen rust or damage. Today this important Alfa Romeo is sold with Swiss tax paid. It drives very well and is presented in superb condition throughout. An amazing opportunity to acquire one of the finest to come from the Italian marque.
NOTE : If the car remains within the EU, tax will have to be paid at the reduced rate on its purchase price.