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1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Mille Miglia Superleggera Coupe / 815.092 Vehicle Information

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B photograph

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B photograph

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B photograph

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B photograph

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B photograph

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B photograph

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B photograph

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B
The Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 made its debut in 1934 and is ranked among the company's most memorable creations. Power was from a dual overhead camshaft and initially offering 68 horsepower. This was quickly tuned to 76 bhp GT and a short-wheelbase variant with 95 horsepower on tap. With Enzo Ferrari's Scuderia Ferrari, the 6C 2300 achieved success on its second race outing, scoring a podium sweep at the 1934 Targa Abruzzi endurance race held in Pescara. In celebration of this accomplishment, a small batch of 'Pescara' 6C 2300s were produced.

Alfa Romeo continued to refine their model, resulting in the 6C 2300B. It featured hydraulic brakes, fully independent suspension, and a revised lightweight chassis. An updated second series added a new gearbox with synchronized third and top gears plus new chassis mounts. The ultimate high-performance model was the 6C 2300B Mille Miglia, which utilized a shorter chassis and tuned 105 horsepower engine.

Milan's Touring coachworks applied their craft to the 6C 2300 using their proprietary superleggera process of lightweight alloy panels over a light yet strong framework of small-diameter steel tubes. Scuderia Ferrari piloted a Touring-bodied close-coupled Berlinetta 6C 2300B MM - with drivers Boratto and Guidotti - finished 1st in Class and 4th overall in 1937 at the Mille Miglia. Production of the 6C 2300B MM ended with the advent of the 6C 2500 in 1939. In total just 107 examples of these thoroughbreds were built in all, priced from 79,500 lire new.

This particular Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Mille Miglia Berlinetta is a late-production example wearing Touring body number 2130. It is currently fitted with a period-correct engine and accompanied by an additional cylinder block stamped 'MM 824047,' which is believed original to the car.

It is belived that the car was purchased new in 1938 by Arnold Delmarco of Yverdon, Switzerland. It car, wearning race-number 43, raced on the 1939 Liège-Rome-Liège Rally, the event's final edition before the onset of war in Europe. Its Swiss registration was 'VB 19361.'

The car's next owner was Luis Esteve of Barcelona who purchased the car in 1945. Perhaps to circumvent the Spanish automobile importation rules, a chassis plate from a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Turismo had been fitted to the car. This was (again, perhaps) done because only commercial vehicles were allowed to be regularly imported to Franco's Spain from 1939 through the mid-1960s. Bearing Spanish registration 'B 74416,' it remained in Mr. Esteve's care until 1965. It was photographed on May 15, 1947, race-numbered 1, at the Grand Prix de Montjuïc.

The next owner was José Bascones who retained the car for nearly 4 decades. Mr. Bascones used the Alfa Romeo in several classic driving events, including at least two editions of the Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo in 1974 and 1983. Mr. Bascones maintained the car in highly original, unrestored form until 2002 when it was sold a new owner in Holland. The current owner acquired it in August of 2009.

Of the 107 examples of the Alfa Romeo 2300B MM chassis produced in 1938, not all wore a Touring Superleggera Berlinetta body in period. Many were given coachwork by Ghia, Stabilimenti Farina, Pinin Farina, and Swiss coachbuilder Graber.

This particular example is the 30th car of the series fitted with the special lightweight bodywork.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014


2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $2,000,000-USD $3,000,000 
Lot was not sold

2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,500,000-USD $2,000,000 
Lot was not sold

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B
Chassis#: 815053
Sold for USD$2,585,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B image  1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Lungo cabriolet Worblaufen8140642020 Artcurial : Retromobile $1,250,000$1,750,000
1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Pescara cabriolet Worblaufen8139102020 Artcurial : Retromobile $650,000$750,000
1937 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Berlinetta8150252016 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $750,000$1,100,000
1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Mille Miglia815.0922014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $2,000,000$3,000,000
1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Mille Miglia8150922009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company $1,500,000$2,000,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B
1938 Mille Miglia Superleggera Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 815.092
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B
1938 Mille Miglia Spider Corsa
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 815001

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B
1938 Mille Miglia Superleggera Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 815025
Engine Num: 823823
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B
1938 Mille Miglia Superleggera Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 815053
Engine Num: 824007

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300
1939 Berlinetta Sport
Coachbuilder: Castagna
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300
1939 Corto Spider
Chassis Num: 813219
Engine Num: 823203

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B

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