Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Coupe
Alfa Romeo’s 6C 2500, introduced in 1939, marked the end of an era as the last of the venerable constructor’s hand-built models. The 6C 2500 replaced the prior 6C 2300B by increasing the engine’s bore to 72mm, resulting in a 2,443 cc six-cylinder engine atop a brilliant, race-proven chassis. Thanks to numerous engine upgrades and a vastly improved fuel delivery system, the 6C 2500 was the first roadgoing Alfa Romeo model capable of reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour. As always, several performance levels were available, starting with the 87-horsepower Turismo, moving up to the 110-horsepower Super Sport or SS, and culminating in the track-ready Tipo 256 with 120 horsepower.
The 6C 2500 was immediately embraced by Alfa Romeo’s clientele, and continued to feature a variety of custom coachwork at the onset of World War II. In competition, the 6C 2500 SS made a convincing debut, winning the Tobruk-Tripoli Coastal Endurance Race of 1939.
While Alfa Romeo’s factories suffered greatly from Allied bombing, a handful of 6C 2500s continued to trickle out to buyers worldwide. An updated chassis marked the biggest change during the war, and substantially improved both structural rigidity and handling.
The 6C 2500 was Alfa’s first post-war project, and carried the same basic running gear as the pre-war models, with the exception of a column-mounted gear shift lever and very unique, aerodynamic styling. Introduced in 1947, the new model was the last coachbuilt Alfa Romeo, as well as the final Alfa with separate body-on-frame construction. Four body styles were offered, including a five-passenger Berlina and a 4/5-passenger Cabriolet, as well as a two-passenger Cabriolet, with bodies from Pinin Farina, Stabilimenti Farina, and Boneschi. One of the most attractive models, however, was the fixed-head Berlinetta coupé with Superleggera (super light) coachwork by Touring of Milan.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
110hp, 2,443 cc inline six-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts and three Weber sidedraft carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and parallel trailing arms, independent rear suspension with swing axles and parallel torsion bars, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 106"
Source: RM Auctions