This 1948 Alfa Rome 6C 2500 SS Coupe was built as a show car for the 1949 Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance in Northern Italy. The event witnessed a flat contradiction between the opinions of the panel, which voted for another vehicle, but as a result of the referendum by which a far more intuitive public adjudged this 1948 Touring bodied Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Coupe an absolute masterpiece. Following this event, the car was acclaimed as the 'Villa d'Este' and was shown at many other shows in Europe.
The car is powered by a water-cooled, double-overhead-cam, 6-cylinder, 2,443 cc (2.44-liter), 95-horsepower engine, coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission. This 3,014-pound vehicle has a top speed of 95 mph.
A complete factory specification nut and bolt restoration was recently completed. The Amelia Island Concours was its first American concours participation.Also photographed at :
Alfa Romeo first introduced its 6-cylinder 2500cc engine in 1935. Fortunately, prior to World War II, much of Alfa's activity had been moved from Portello, which was heavily damaged by Allied bombing, to the town of Orta. When hostilities ceased, the 6C 2500 was dusted off and limited production resumed. This beautiful coupe was built by the noted Milan firm of Touring. Over the past few years, it has won Class Awards at Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Meadowbrook and at the Alfa Romeo Owners Club National Concours in 2007.
Carrozzeria Touring was established in 1926 by Felice Bianchi Anderzoni. In 1937, after years of evolving aerodynamics, Touring developed 'superleggera' (superlight) construction, a system of spaceframe tubes covered in aluminum which led to overwhelming racing success by Alfa, Fiat, Ferrari, and Lancia. Although not a craftsman, Anderzoni was Touring's greatest influence on design.
Touring continued in operation until 1967 when it fell victim to Italy's labor unrest and closed down.
The 6C 2500 was produced from 1939, slowed during the war, and then continued from 1946 through 1953. It was a popular model with celebrities and examples were owned by Ali Kahn, Rita Haywood, Dick Powell and, more recently, Eric Clapton.
Photos of the car shown have appeared in two definitive books: 'Touring' and 'The 6C 2500 Histories.' Only 60 cars were built with this car's body style.