1950 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 SPORT PININ FARINA - €180,000
Its Portello factory devastated by wartime bombing, Alfa Romeo did not resume car production until 1946 with, inevitably, a pre-war carry-over: the 6C 2500. Last of the separate-chassis Alfas, the 2500 had debuted in 1939 and was a development of the preceding 2300. The engine was, of course, the latest version of Alfa's race-developed double-overhead-camshaft six, bored out to 2,443cc. The Alfa tradition of building driver's cars par excellence was upheld by the 2500, for although the box-section chassis was no longer state-of-the-art, it boasted all-independent suspension, generously-sized brakes, fast-geared steering, and an unusually slick column-mounted gearchange. The weight gain over its pre-war predecessor was offset by the increase in engine capacity and superior aerodynamics, top speed being an identical 97mph (156km/h).
For all its charm, the 6C 2500 represented Alfa Romeo's history rather than its future, nevertheless standing the company in good stead until the arrival of the thoroughly modern 1900 in 1950. Production continued until 1953, by which time a little fewer than 2,200 of these handsome automobiles had been made.
This imposing 6C 2500 saloon left the works towards the end of 1949 as the 11th Sport Berlina built and was first registered on 10th March 1950 to a Mrs Giulia Carrera of Naples, as documented by the standard book on the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 by Angelo Tito Anselmi. The car remained in Naples until purchased by the present owner in 2009. The second owner in Naples was the Deputy Prefect, who purchased the Alfa for his personal use. One can only imagine the impact such an imposing car must have had on the local population in the early 1950s!
Since 2003, the Alfa has been homologated by the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI). Presenting in remarkably good original condition, the car also appeared in the TV Film Il Papa Buono (The Good Pope) about the life of Pope John XXIII, an Italian Mediaset/Canale 5 production. This car is also featured in the three-volume book Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 - 6C 2500 by Fabio Morlacchi and Stefano Salvetti (Volume II).
Described as in preserved condition, the car had benefited from new carpets prior to the current owner's purchase, as well as new front and rear shock absorbers and new brakes. Finished in black with beige cloth interior, this stunning Alfa Romeo saloon from the legendary 6C2500 series comes with the aforementioned ASI homologation papers and Italian registration documents.
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