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1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Spyder / 10814402 Vehicle Information

1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 photograph

1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 photograph

1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 17501932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
Sold for $935,000 at 2011 RM Auctions at Monterey.
By the late 1920s, Nicola Romeo had left and Alfa was running short of money because of defense contracts that ceased. Benito Mussolini was in full control of the government at the time and was willing to bail out any company willing to do his bidding. Alfa would take the hand of Mussolini's government and would become an instrument of Mussolini's Italy. Immediately the company was given the task of designing cars for the wealthy. It would be during this period that Alfa Romeo would produce the 6C.

Designed by Vittorio Jano in 1929, the 6C would come with a 1,752 cc 6-cylinder engine capable of producing 85 bhp. The car's design would find it very favorable to drive on both the street and the track. Its excellent handling and reliable engine, along with its attractive body styling, would make the 6C one of the most sought after Alfa Romeo models.

One of those rare and sought after models of the 6C Gran Sports is chassis number 10814402. The one offered at the RM Auction in Monterey in August 2011 was just one of the highly desirable 5th series evolutions. The stylish lines of the car's coachwork were the result of the work of Carrozzeria Zagato of which only a very few were ever to be fitted on an Alfa Romeo chassis.

Its beginnings are shrouded in some mystery. However, the car would be purchased and shipped to the Netherlands. It would remain in the Netherlands until the war's end. After a brief stint in Belgium, the car would be purchased by William McMakin of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During this period of ownership, McMakin would have a 6C 1750 GTC engine put in the car and would remain to this very day.

The car would find its way into the hands of Jackson Brooks, the noted Alfa Romeo collector. After a number of other owners, including Homer Tsakis, the car would end up in the hands of Sultan Karim of Vancouver, British Columbia. The car would be resold again in 2001.

Complete with the inline 6-cylinder engine, its Roots-type supercharger, four-speed manual transmission and mechanical drum brakes, the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS does show some signs of wear and chipping due to years of use. However, its reliability and exceedingly rare Zagato bodywork more than overcome its blemishes.

As quoted by A. Cherrett in Alfa Romeo 6C, 'Of the fifty-odd 5th Series Gran Sport chassis still recorded, twenty-three had (or still have) two-seater Zagato coachwork—and is without counting the ‘doubtful' and ‘fake' so-called Zagato bodied at present on record. The one presented this year was one of those twenty-three that is genuine and still retains the two-seater Zagato coachwork.

Known as a formidable competitor during its racing days, this 6C would very much be competing for top price. Estimates had the nimble, sprite and fashionable car reaching as high as $850,000-$950,000. At auction, the lot was sold for the sum of $935,000, including buyer's premium.

Sources:
'Featured Lots: Lot No. 241: 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 5th Series by Zagato', (http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=MO11&CarID=r270&fc=0). RM Auctions. http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=MO11&CarID=r270&fc=0. Retrieved 16 August 2011.

Wikipedia contributors, 'Alfa Romeo', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 15 August 2011, 20:29 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alfa_Romeo&oldid=445033719 accessed 17 August 2011

By Jeremy McMullen



2011 RM Auctions at Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $850,000-USD $950,000 
Sale Price :
USD $935,000

1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1932 sales)
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Series V Grand Sport Roadster
Chassis#: 10814377
Sold for USD$1,595,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 image  1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 image  
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Series V Gran Sport
Chassis#: 10814400
Sold for USD$1,375,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 image  1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 image  
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 Fifth Series Gran Turismo Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 10914713
Sold for USD$165,896
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Series V Gran Sport
Chassis#: 10814400
Sold for USD$1,540,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 image  1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 image  
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 5th Series by Zagato
Chassis#: 10814402
Sold for USD$935,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 image  1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 image  
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Series V Gran Sport
Chassis#: 10814391
Sold for USD$1,540,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 image  1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 image  
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Grand Sport
Chassis#: 101014946
Sold for USD$182,906
  2006 Coys Auction - Legende et Passion
 
1932 Alfa Romeo Tipo 6C 1750 Gran Turismo
Sold for USD$59,709
  2004 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Series V Grand Sport Roadster108143772018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $1,800,000$2,200,000
1932 Alfa 1750 6C Spyder Recreation86132702009 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception à Retromobile $175,000$225,000

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Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS
1930 Testa Fissa Spyder
Coachbuilder: A.E. Leadbetter
Engine Num: 8513025

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS
1930 Spyder
Chassis Num: 0529
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS
1930 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 121215033
Engine Num: 121215033

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS
1930 Spyder
Chassis Num: 8513033
Engine Num: 8513033
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS
1930 Spyder
Chassis Num: 8513045
Engine Num: 8513045

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS
1930 Spyder
Chassis Num: 8513053
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS
1930 Spyder
Chassis Num: 8513064
Engine Num: 8513064

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1931 Zagato Spyder
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1931 Zagato Spyder
Coachbuilder: Zagato

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1931 Zagato Spyder
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1931 Touring Spyder
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 10814320
Engine Num: 10814320

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1931 Spider Corsa
Coachbuilder: Giuseppe Aprile
Chassis Num: 10814331
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1931 Flying Star Spyder
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 10814341

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1931 Zagato Spyder
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 10814344
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1931 Zagato Spyder
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 10814349
Engine Num: 10814349

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1931 Zagato Spyder
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 10814356
Engine Num: 10814356
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1931 Zagato Spyder
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 10814358

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1931 Zagato Spyder
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 10814368
Engine Num: 10814368
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1931 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 10914408

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1931 Zagato Spyder
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 6C 10814363
Engine Num: 10814383
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1932 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Zagato

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1932 Gran Sport
Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis Num: 10814377
Engine Num: 10814377
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1932 Gran Sport
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 10814400
Engine Num: 10814400

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1932 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 10814402
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1932 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 6C10814391

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1933 Grand Sport Spider
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1933 Spider
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 10814313
Engine Num: 10814313

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1933 Gran Sport Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis Num: 121215037
Engine Num: 121215037
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1933 Grand Sport Spider
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 121215050

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
1933 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis Num: 121215054

1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750

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