RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale Preview
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Coupé by Touring

Knotty Nawadhinsukh Words by Knotty Nawadhinsukh
“I Heart You”—Heart-shaped grille of the 6C 2500 after WWII became the signature of Alfa Romeos we know today

This post-war Alfa coupé is the top-of-the-line Super Sport (“SS”) version of the 6C 2500 series. That meant a shorter wheelbase for more agile handling than both the “Turismo” and the “Sport” editions that were also available until 1952. Plus the In-Line 6 Cylinders engine now ran on three carburetors, giving a meatier 110 brake horsepower.

Triple-carb Webers were the norm if you ordered the "Top-Spec" Super Sport

In its period, the 6C 2500 Alfa Romeos were one of the most expensive cars on the market, driven by several Hollywood legends and even Prince Rainier of Monaco had one. Many were shaped by a variety of master Italian coachbuilders ranging from Pinin Farina, Zagato, Castagna, Ghia—or even James Young in Great Britain.

At 108 inches, the SS had the shortest wheelbase than the "Turismo" or the "Sport" for more precise maneuverability

This particular Super Sport that is about to be up for auction by RM Sotheby’s at the Monterey Conference Center during  24th-25th August was clothed by the popular Touring Superleggera of Milan. Chassis number 915.831 was delivered new to a private banker living in Switzerland in 1950. From there it spent two decades in Morocco with the banker’s brother, then subsequently in Germany and also in the United States in the later years.

Fluid styling by Touring

The car was mechanically restored some time ago and had been refinished cosmetically outside and inside in more recent times. Given the racing heritage of 6C 2500s, the two-tone Alfa Romeo coupé is eligible for the Mille Miglia as much as for any concours shows.

(Estimate: US$550,000 – $750,000)

Tasteful four-speed column-shift 'box on art-deco steering wheel was rebuilt along with other mechanicals about ten years ago

All Photos Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s