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1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Mille Miglia Superleggera Coupe / 815053 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 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 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 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 2300B photograph

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Sold for $2,585,000 at 2008 Gooding & Company.
This 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Mille Miglia lay dormant for many years in a chateau of a collector. It was purchased by the owner of the collection, Michel Dovaz (a Swiss national), in 1956 and remained with him for 34 years. It was sold in the 1990s to Messrs Heida and Thierry and given a detailed restoration. The original bodywork and original fittings were preserved. It was sold in 1997, wearing a French Blue color scheme, to Belgian Raoul San Giorgi. It was in the possession of Paul Koot in The Netherlands by 1999. It was later purchased by the current owner. Upon purchase, the owner began another restoration that took two years to complete. The car was stripped down, the body removed from the Superleggera tubing, cleaned, painted and rewrapped in the correct burlap covering to prevent electrolytic reaction. It has the correct bumpers, stamped '2087', which correspond to this chassis - number 815053. The car was fitted with period-correct Carello head- and taillights, along with proper Bosch driving lights. It has its original Bosch ignition key, a prewar Pirrelli key fob and the original brass 1938 Automobile Club d'Italia tax stamp. It has genuine Alfa Romeo-brand rear shocks and NOS Triple-Carb Solex carburetors found only on the Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia cars.

The interior is finished in deep British Green leather. The car rides on aluminum Borrani wire wheels - a period option - has hydraulic brakes, swing axles and torsion-bar suspension. The Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 was produced from 1934 through 1939 with a total of 1,606 units built. This example is the lightweight coupe bodied by Touring. There is a six-cylinder, inline, cast-iron block, 2309cc (2.3-liter) displacement engine, with two carburetors, developing 95 horsepower. It is coupled to a 4-speed transmission with the 3rd and 4th gears synchronized and is capable of 90 mph. It is equipped with hydraulic drum-type brakes on wheels and a mechanical handbrake on the rear axle. Alfa Romeo offered a big sedan, a smaller sedan and convertible, and this lightweight coupe. The cars weigh between 2,816 and 3,410 pounds and sold for between $2,225 and $3,925.

In 2007, the car was awarded a Best in Class award at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It won a CCCA Senior Badge at the Nationals in Bellevue, Washington in January of 2008.

In 2008, this 6C 2300 B Mille Miglia was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, California. The lot was sold for $2,585,000, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009
Sold for $2,585,000 at 2008 Gooding & Company.
The front engine, rear wheel drive 6C derives its name from its six-cylinder engine. This 2300 Series was the 4th generation, produced from 1934 to 1939. This Mille Miglia model was designed by Vittorio Jano. The 2.3-liter, naturally aspirated, overhead valve, and 6-cylinder engine makes 105 horsepower with a top speed of 90 mph.

In the 1930s, Alfa Romeo produced some of the greatest cars ever made, like the 6C 2300. Originally introduced in 1934 with a 60 horsepower Dual Overhead Cam straight 6, tuned versions soon followed with 76 horsepower, followed by a short wheelbase 95 horsepower model. The next development model B featured a newly designed chassis, with individual front suspension, rear swing axle, and hydraulic brakes.

The ultimate version was this Mille Miglia model, with just 107 built on the short chassis in 1938 and 1939. The car was fitted with period-correct Carello head and taillights, along with proper Bosch driving lights. It has its original Bosch ignition key, a prewar Pirelli key fob and the original brass 1938 Automobile Club dItalia tax stamp. It has genuine Alfa Romeo-brand rear shocks and NOS Triple-Carb Solex carburetors found only on the Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia cars.

This example was the ultimate 'barn find.' It was purchased in 1956 by a reclusive Swiss collector and shorted at his chateau - untouched for the next 34 years before being sold. It became known as the 'Sleeping Beauty' and underwent an extensive and detailed restoration in the 1990s.


2008 Gooding & Company

Sale Price :
USD $2,585,000

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
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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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