- Chassis: 915749
- 2k Kilometers Shown (~1,200) Miles, TMU
- Numbers-Matching 2,443cc DOHC Inline-Six
- Rebuilt Triple Weber 36 DO2 Carburetors
- All-Synchromesh Four-Speed Manual Gearbox
- Cabriolet Coachwork by Pinin Farina
- Red Paint
- Cream Leather Upholstery
- Tan Soft Top
- Painted 17" Wire Wheels
- Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
- Hydraulic Drum Brakes
- Refurbished in Europe in 2018
- 2020 Spirit of the Quail Award Winner
- 2021 Pebble Beach Participant
- Invoices 2018-2022
- FIVA Identity Card
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This 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 is one of approximately 458 Super Sports built between 1939 and 1951 and is said to be among fewer than 100 examples of the SS variant clothed in Pinin Farina cabriolet bodywork. Chassis 915749 was completed on March 16, 1949, and was delivered new on March 9, 1950, to toothpaste enterprise Società Anonima Italiana Chlorodont in Milan, Italy. By 1959 the car had been imported to the US, where it passed through two 20-year ownerships as an unrealized project in over 40 boxes. It was acquired in 2017 by a collector who shipped the disassembled car to Eastern Europe for a refurbishment that included a repaint in Alfa Romeo red and a rebuild of the numbers-matching 2,443cc DOHC inline-six. Following the current owner’s acquisition in 2018, further mechanical freshening by Virtuoso Performance in Hayward, California, entailed overhauls of the triple Weber 36 DO2 carburetors, clutch, starter, generator, mechanical fuel pump, steering system, brake hydraulics, and radiator. Additional features include an all-synchromesh four-speed manual transmission, 17″ painted wire wheels, four-wheel independent suspension, cream leather upholstery, and a tan convertible top. The car was awarded the 2020 Spirit of the Quail Award and participated in the 2021 Pebble Beach Tour and Concours d’Elegance as well as Quail, a Motorsports Gathering before winning its class at the Ironstone Concours. This 6C 2500 SS cabriolet is now offered by the seller on behalf of the current owner with a FIVA identity card, photos from before its refurbishment, invoices from current ownership, factory literature, a partial tool kit, and a clean California title in the name of the owner’s LLC.
The 6C 2500 emerged in 1939 as the final descendant in Alfa Romeo’s line of six-cylinder cars that started in 1928 with the 6C 1500. It shared much of the preceding 6C 2300’s underpinning but boasted an increase in engine displacement as well as the option of a triple-carbureted Super Sport variant. The model’s steel ladder-frame chassis was produced in three lengths, the shortest belonging to the 2,700mm-wheelbase Super Sport. Bodywork was provided by various Italian coachbuilders throughout production, which was rejuvenated after limited war-time output and continued through 1951.
This example’s Pinin Farina coachwork was stripped to bare metal and refinished in its current shade of red during a refurbishment performed by Retromotive in Slovakia. Three coats of lacquer are said to have been used with hand-sanding between each coat. Brightwork was also refreshed during the project, and a tan convertible top was fitted. Styling incorporates a narrow scudetto center grille flanked by rectangular inlets, glass-covered Carello headlights with frosted upper motifs, a centrally hinged hood, an aftermarket A-pillar-mounted side mirror, trafficators, pop-out door handles, and a rectangular Art Deco-style exhaust tip.
Silver painted wire wheels are secured by two-eared knock-offs and are wrapped in 6.00/6.50-17 Firestone Deluxe Champion tires, as is a spare housed in a bracket that rotates outward from the trunk. A refresh of the hydraulic drum brakes performed in 2019 included the replacement of the master cylinder and wheel cylinders.
The cabin is upholstered in cream leather over bucket seats for two as well as the door panels and kick panels, while matching leather-bound carpeting lines the floors and rear shelf. Additional features include map pockets on each door, a body-color dash that houses a glovebox and a Pinin Farina ashtray, fresh air vents, a battery disconnect switch, tinted translucent sun visors, an oval rearview mirror, a heater, and black lap belts.
The ivory-color two-spoke steering wheel is situated on the right-hand side of the cabin ahead of a column-mounted shifter. Veglia instrumentation was rebuilt under current ownership and includes a 200-km/h speedometer and a 6k-rpm tachometer. Inset instruments include a clock and gauges monitoring fuel level, oil pressure, and oil temperature, the latter of which was converted to reflect coolant temperature. The five-digit odometer shows 2k kilometers (~1,200 miles), which have been added by the seller since their acquisition in 2018. The odometer was reset during the refurbishment overseas, at which time it showed approximately 41k kilometers (~25k miles). Total chassis mileage is unknown.
The 2,443cc inline-six is a wider-bore evolution of the Vittorio Jano design used in the 6C 2300 and features an aluminum cylinder head with dual-overhead camshafts and hemispherical combustion chambers. The engine was rebuilt during the overseas refurbishment. The triple Weber 36 DO2 carburetors were rebuilt by Steutel in the Netherlands during further mechanical freshening following the current owner’s acquisition. Additional work under current stewardship included rebuilds of the starter, generator, mechanical fuel pump, and radiator, as well as the addition of an auxiliary electric fuel pump and replacement of the distributor, points, and spark plugs. Sorting in the last two months included repairs to leaks from the carburetors, oil pressure feed line, and heater core.
The four-speed manual transmission features synchromesh on all gears and was reportedly rebuilt in Slovakia. The clutch disc, pressure plate, and release bearing were replaced following the current owner’s purchase, with the flywheel resurfaced at that time. Independent suspension comprises twin trailing arms with coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers in cylindrical housings up front with a swing-axle rear end utilizing torsion bars and telescopic shock absorbers. The rear shocks were replaced in 2019, while the steering gearbox was rebuilt in 2020.
Engine number SS928062 is shown stamped on the block above, matching the number provided in a letter from Centro Documentazione Alfa Romeo, which can be viewed in the photo gallery below. The engine number is also stamped on the chassis tag and engine tag, both of which are included in the gallery below. Also shown in the gallery is number 945894 stamped on the transmission housing.
The car is shown above collecting its 2020 Spirit of the Quail award at the 2021 Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, and the trophy itself is pictured in the gallery below. Also included are the car’s Best in Class trophy from the 2021 Ironstone Concours d’Elegance and prizes recognizing the car’s participation in the 2021 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance and Concours d’Elegance. Photos of the car at Pebble Beach are also included in the gallery below, as are the car’s FIVA identity card and invoices from repairs performed under current ownership.