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1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS news, pictures, specifications, and information
Roadster
 
With the combination of Vittorio Jano, 6C design and Bruno Trevisan performance upgrades, the reliability and performance along with fully independent suspension made the pre-war Alfa 2500 models one of Europe's most superb road machines.

The 6C 2500 SS Corsa was a light sports/racing car using the Super Sport chassis and had an engine tuned to give 125 horsepower instead of 110 bhp making it capable of 125 mph.

The profound transformation of the car carried out at Scuderia Ferrari in Modena qualified it as a model in its own right; the car's wheelbase was reduced substantially and its engine power significantly increased. The coachwork was either done in-house of by Touring.
Berlinetta Aerodinamica
Coachwork: Touring
Chassis Num: 915080
Engine Num: 923882
 
Sold for $748,000 at 2010 Gooding & Company.
Carrozzeria Touring created the aerodynamic design for the 1939 LeMans 24 Hour race. It was aesthetically and aerodynamically refined successor to the radical 1938 8C 2900 LeMans Berlinetta. It is considered to be the foundation of the Gran Turisimo 'fastback' design that has endured ever since. The Tipo 256 Alfas were bodied by Touring and competition-prepared by Scuderia Ferrari. This is one of ten surviving examples, and was discovered in 1993 with incorrect cabriolet coachwork. The reconstruction of this compex Superleggera body was realized through a collaboration between the former head of Carrozzeria Touring, Carlo Ferlice Bianchi Anderloni, and master coachbuilder Dino Cognolato. The main aspects of the body were completed prior to Anderloni's death in 2003. It was his last project. The 2008 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance was the first time that an Alfa bearing this magnificent design has been seen in public since 1940.

In 2010, this Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Berlinetta Aerodinamica was offered for sale at Gooding & Company Auction held in Amelia Island, Florida. The car was estimated to sell for $800,000 - $1,300,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $748,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.
Roadster
Chassis Num: 913213
Engine Num: 923871
 
This is a 1939/1940 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 with chassis number 913213 and engine number 923871. It is fitted with a Mille Miglia Spider body. The chassis was originally fitted with a Touring 5 seat body. The Super Sport engine is correct to the current body; complete with the three side draft Weber carburetors.

This car has run the California Mille Miglia and the Monterey Historic races and participated in various Concours events. It won the Mille Miglia at the Palo Alto Concours in 2005.

Ken Shaff and I (Conrad Stevenson) bought this car in 1991 as a total project --- it had not body but lots of spare parts, so this really is a resurrection or recreation made from original pre-war parts. The chassis #913213 is a 1939/1940 and was registered in Madrid(Spain) at some time in the 1950s. The insurance tags are still on the firewall. The engine is also a pre-war Super Sport motor, correct to the body configuration that the car now has.

This body style is known as a 6C 2500 SS Corsa. These Mille Miglia race cars have 6 cylinder twin cam normally aspirated motors using three single barrel side draft Weber carburetors, wheras the other Alfa Romeo 8 cylinder cars were supercharged. While the 2500 models had substantially less power than the supercharged cars, their better fuel mileage enable them to carry less fuel and be lighter as result, a benefit for the longer events. Unfortunately the Mille Miglia was shortened during the war.

Ken Shaff pssed away after this car ws completed but he and I ran the car in the California Mille Miglia (2004) and a CSRG event at Sears Point/Infineonraceway in 2005. More than anything this car is a tribute to Ken Shaff who was regarded by anyone who knew him as a true gentleman and a greatly missed friend.
The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was available as both a road-going and competition car. Alfa Romeo created the rolling chassis and commissioned coachbuilders to create the competition bodies. The competition cars were fitted with a six-cylinder engine tuned to produce around 120 horsepower. They were given a modified suspension and often clothed in lightweight aluminum coachwork. Three were sent to Carrozzeria Touring in 1939 to be prepared for the grueling Mille Miglia race.

The cars were ready but the race was cancelled due to a tragic accident. Instead, the three cars made their inaugural racing debut at the Tobruk-Tripoli race where they finished in first, second and fourth place.

For the LeMans race, a special berlinetta body was prepared that had a strong resemblance to its larger 8C 2900B LeMans sibling which had run the race in the year prior. The 8C would have won the race, as it was leading by over 100 miles when a broken valve meant its hopes for glory were prematurely sidelined.

The preparations for the 6C included an aerodynamic, and curvaceous body, plus the addition of a larger fuel tank. Raymond Sommer and Prince Bira were tasked with driving the berlinetta during the race. As had happened the year prior, the cars potential was limited by its reliability issues. Even after hours of repair work in the pits, the car was unable to finish the race.

It was entered in the 1950 Mille Miglia but with disappointing results.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2008
Berlinetta Aerodinamica
Coachwork: Touring
Chassis Num: 915033
 
This famous Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS, known as the 'Mussolini Mistress,' is believed to be the car Mussolini gave to his mistress Clara Petacci and the car in which the pair later tried to escape from Italy in 1945. The distinctive body by Touring of Milan includes unusual flashes cut into the rear wheel spats. The car retains its original engine with Super Sport-specification triple carburetors believed to have been included when built. When the pair were captured on their escape to Switzerland, the car was confiscated. It was eventually acquired by an American Army Air Corps officer, Major Charles Pettit, who shipped it to his farm in New York State in 1949, where it was left to deteriorate in his barn. The Alfa was given a new lease on life in 1970 when it was purchased by Leslie and Leigh Keno's father Ronald for $300. He restored the car before selling it to collector Donnie Morton of Connecticut, who passed it to the Imperial Palace Auto Collection, where it remained two decades before being sold to another long-term owner in 1999.
The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was introduced near the end of the 1930's. The 6C name was derived from the engine size, an inline-six while the 2500 represented the engines cubic-centimeter displacement size.

The engine was a version of Vittorio Jano designed six-cylinder engine. The 6C was available in a plethora of body styles and wheelbases and was produced during two different times in history. Most of the coachwork was handled by Touring of Italy or by Pinin Farina. The body styles ranged from coupes and convertible to four-seater salon. In 1939 Alfa Romeo introduced the SS version, a short-wheelbase model, dubbed 'SS' for Super Sport, that had a high-compression 6C engine rated at 105 horsepower. It was the top-of-the line 6C model that married style and performance together to create the perfect road-going vehicle.

World War II had interrupted production for many automobile manufacturers. During this time many switched their efforts to support the war, such as building engines for marine and aircraft or by producing vehicles that were suitable for war time. When Alfa Romeo resumed production, their vehicles were similar to those they had offered in 1939. The main difference was that Alfa Romeo now bodied the cars themselves rather than providing the rolling chassis for custom coachbuilders to body. The designs had become standard but they were still based on sketches and designs produced by coachbuilders such as Pinin Farina and Touring. Pinin Farina built the exclusive bodies such as the Cabriolet. These vehicles were elegant and stylish and had a price tag that matched. Touring built the Coupes which became known as the Villa d'Este in 1949 after winning the famous Concours d'Elegance Villa d'Este. When outfitted with the Superleggera, meaning light weight, bodies they were capable of speed of over 100 mph.

The engines were similar to the Jano designed six-cylinder power plant, capable of producing 110 horsepower. Independent suspension was installed to soften the ride while improving performance and handling characteristics. A four-speed manual transmission was similar to the one used prior to the onset of the war.

The history of the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 automobiles are extensive. The various designs and body-styles matched with their mechanical capabilities make these one of the finest Alfa Romeos ever produced.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2006
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