1938 Alfa Romeo 6C

6C 2300 B Pescara Cabriolet Worblaufen

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1938
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Lot number 
    30
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Black
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Swiss form 13.20A
Châssis n° 813910
Moteur n° 823553

- Exhibited at 1938 Geneva Motorshow
- Very well documented
- Superb older restoration
- 1938 Geneva Motorshow

On the 3rd of December 1937, Alfa Romeo Lugano sold an Alfa 6C 2300 B Pescara chassis (813 910) to Worblaufen for SwFr. 9.700. On the sales slip it said that it would come with a Mille Miglia style grille, as featured in the catalogue.
A cabriolet body "spezial" for the 813 910 Pescara chassis (with engine 823 904) was ordered by company Höke & Steiger in Bern for SwFr. 19.000. It was to be delivered in black and with "real English " pigskin leather upholstery, and to be featured at the 1938 International Car Salon in Geneva.
Indeed, 1938 photos at the Geneva Salon are a testimony to the grand Worblaufen design. Later, the proud owner showed the car also at a Concours d'elegance in Czechoslovakia and won the first prize as we can see on a period postcard.
On the 26th of June 1958, Mr. F. Stauffer bought the car and kept it until the end of the sixties, when he sold it to D. Marx from Breitenbach Solothurn. The car was then off-white with a black hood.
Around 1977 /1978 K. Blöchle, a well-known car collector, owned the car.
Early in 1983, the car was purchased by the Swiss H. Wild. He restored the car profoundly. As documented with the photobook in the file of the car, he drove the now dark blue car with red leather interior and off-white hood for the first time in the spring of 1986 to take his aunt to a restaurant. Other documents show he contacted the authorities asking for copies of the ID card and receipts for paid road taxes, as the original documents had been lost in the transfer between the previous owner and himself. And indeed, in April 1988, the "Bundesambt für Transporttruppen - Fahrzeugkontrolle" granted him permission to drive the car on Swiss roads.
A series of photos from the current owner, Mr Koni Lutziger, a Zurich based connoisseur of rare motorcycles and cars, show the car in great shape in 1991.This was when he bought the car for the first time. To reunite both Worblaufen Alfa Romeo which were exhibithed at the 1938 Geneva Motorshow! Having other projects he sold the car to an Italian collector. In the file, we find the January 1993 documents from the Italian embassy in Zürich for the export to Italy, as well as proof of the cancellation of the Swiss vehicle ID.
Mr. G. Boccia from Rome acquired the car for SwFr 70.000 ! The proof of registration at the Ministry of Transport in Rome is dated 14th of May 1993, and describes the car wrongly as a Gran Turismo.
The new owner received the "certificate di omolegazione" from the ASI on the 15th of June 1993.
We can find in the file, several original documents from different periods, such as the 1996 payment of car taxes of Lira 451.400 and the sticker with proof of insurance. Finally, in 2015 the current owner who had been trying to buy the car back since he had first sold it, succeeded and was proudly able to bring both cars together at the place of their first glory to celebrate the 80th birthday of the Geneva International Motorshow.

Technical details of 813910, 1937 6C 2300 Pescara.
In relation to the "Lungo", the other 1937 6C 2300 in this sale, this Pescara has of course a parallel history.
In 1934, Alfa Romeo came to the market with a new series of 6-cylinder cars, the 6C 2300. The year 1934 was a transition year because the cars were still being equipped with beam axles and leaf springs. However, they did get the newly developed 6-cylinder engine with aluminum head. Over time this engine was modified, but it stayed in production until 1952, when production of the 6C Alfa ended.
In 1935, the 6C 2300 received independent front and rear suspension, leaf springs disappeared and torsion bars were introduced for the rear. The front suspension was equipped with a very sophisticated system of coil springs and swing arms. This system was also used in a modified form on the 8C 2900 and race cars.
Between 1935 and 1939, the "new" 6C 2300 B was available with two wheel-bases: 300 cm - the "Corto", "GT", "Pescara" and "Mille Miglia" and 325 cm - the "Lungo" or "Turismo ".
From 1935 until 1938 around 120 6C 2300 B " Pescara " chassis were built. In total approximatively 247 chassis of the " short " 3-metre wheelbase were build. The "Pescara", being a special edition of the regular "Corto" and " GT ", benefitting from a twin carburettor manifold and a slightly higher compression. The "Corto" and "GT" were equipped with only 1 updraft carburettor. Today it is hard to believe that such a limited production was seen as quite satisfactory…
"813910 " offered here is a "Pescara" with a very elegant and well-proportioned open 4-seater body. The color scheme supports the design in a convincing way. From the well documented file we learn that over time, the car has been restored at some stage. This was done in a very serious way. All major mechanical components are correct and matching for this chassis.
We wish to mention that we can provide a list with the file of the car that specifies which details could be improved if the new owner wishes to do so. These details are however minor and in no circumstances distract from the overall superb quality of the car!
It is of interest to note that the drive train of this car is of the first type fitted to the new series of chassis. This makes the car even more interesting.
The engine fitted, 823553, is of the correct type, with the right 2 carburetor inlet manifold. The Solex carburetors and air filters are also of the model the Pescaras were equipped with. It made the engine relatively powerful with 95 HP.
The engine fitted, from a 6C 2300 GT, is not the original one. The original engine number was "823904".
Technically the engines are the same, with the exception of the carburettors and a slight difference in compression.
Having said that, the "GT" was built in lower numbers than the "Pescara", so even being a replacement, the engine is of high interest.
This car is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner. The car is overall in a very good condition and shows a restoration that holds up very well. There is a nice and consistent patina, which makes this car interesting. With some minor further detailing, the value of the car will be sustained or even strengthened further.
All major mechanical components are correct, matching for the series and the specific chassis.
Alfa Romeo chassis, Worblaufen one-off body, very drivable … how could you go wrong with that?

Raoul San Giorgi

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