1948 Alfa Romeo 6C

2500 Super Sport Cabriolet

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1948
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    r0127
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTIONEstimate:
€450,000 - €500,000

  • Rare first-series Pinin Farina Cabriolet with aluminum coachwork
  • Fully restored in the Netherlands with completion in 2013
  • Ready to be driven and enjoyed

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Alfa Romeo’s final variant of the vaunted 6C platform, the 6C 2500 was introduced in 1938 and remained in production until 1952. After the war, the production of Alfa Romeo’s automobiles still followed their pre-war practices, as was the case with Pinin Farina who provided the bodywork for the example presented here, although the Art Deco obsession somewhat faded. These post-war bodies omitted much of the brightwork, which allowed for their handsome lines to make their own statement. Such is the nature of this beautiful 6C 2500, which is the most desirable short-wheelbase model with the most powerful engine, known as the SS, or Super Sport.

Completed by Alfa Romeo in 1948, chassis no. 915.566 is a rare example of the coachbuilder’s first-series of 6C 2500s, built with lightweight aluminum coachwork. Following its completion, the car was delivered to Alfa Romeo Distributor Franz Gouvion of Brussels. The car remained in Belgium until 1960 when its then-owner, a Mr. Ophorst moved from Antwerp to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

In 1979, the car was acquired by Dutch Alfa Romeo collector Roy Karstens in Noordwijk. Passing through Maurice Kruseman of Maastricht in 1995 the car was acquired by Mr. H. Zappeij of Groenloe. Upon his acquisition, the car was fully restored with work completed in 2013. In 2015, the car was acquired by a Swiss collector and exported to Switzerland. Graber Sportgarage in Toffen was commissioned to overhaul the brakes, radiator, and water pump after its arrival in Switzerland.

According to the consignor, the car remains in excellent and well-restored condition today, ready to be driven and enjoyed. Importantly, it is accompanied by previous Dutch registrations, as well as invoices from both its restoration and service work done by Graber Sportgarage. Its attractive grey over over red colour scheme only serves to highlight its incredible Pinin Farina coachwork. Symbolizing the pinnacle of luxury in post-war Italy, this would be a tasteful addition to any collection.
To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/es20.