Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Cabriolet
In 1939 the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 was replaced by the 6C 2500. Although the basic engine design traced its roots to the great prewar racing machines, highly regarded automotive author and historian Griffith Borgeson characterized the 2500 as a "bridge to post-World War II production." This change was affected by an increase in the cylinder bore of two millimeters as well as an improved cylinder head for better aspiration and increased compression, from 6.5:1 to 7.1:1. In the Sport configuration this translated into a respectable 95 horsepower with performance aided by the Superleggera chassis construction developed by Felice Bianchi Anderloni of Carrozzeria Touring.
Originally named Carrozzeria Falco, the name of the firm was changed in 1926 when it was purchased by Anderloni and partner Gaetano Ponzoni. By the nature of its location in Milan the coachbuilder was in close proximity to Citroen, Isotta-Fraschini and of course Alfa Romeo. Although geography naturally led to early consignments from all three marques, Carrozzeria Touring became strongly associated with Alfa Romeo due to the stunning bodies it created for the manufacturer’s road and racing chassis of the 1930s. Touring was a leader in design and aerodynamic research and even had its own wind tunnel for testing. A result of this development, the style embodied in this example is known as Torpedino Brescia and exists as an interim step between the traditional separate fender coachwork of the early 1930s bodies and the later full envelope bodies which would appear in the early 1940s.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
95 bhp, 2,443 cc dual overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 118"
Source: RM Auctions
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