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1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750

History

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 engine's cubic-centimeter displacement size.

The engine was a version of Vittorio Jano designed a 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 a 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 wartime. 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 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 lightweight, bodies were capable of speeds in excess of 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 this one of the finest Alfa Romeos ever produced.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2006

1929 Vehicle Profiles

1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 vehicle information

Spyder
Coachwork: Zagato

Before the Second World War, Alfa Romeo won more races than any other marque, including Bugatti and Mercedes-Benz. This Alfa Romeo is one of nine Zagato Spider Mille Miglia models built on the 6C1750 Super Sport third series chassis in 1929. One of t....[continue reading]

1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 vehicle information

Spyder

These supercharged roadsters handily won road races throughout Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Known for their speed and reliability, they were usually victorious in their displacement class. Remarkable power was efficiently produced form....[continue reading]

1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 vehicle information

Spyder
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 0312901
Engine Num: 0312901

Vittorio Jano joined Alfa Romeo in 1923. His first creation at Alfa was the P2, which enjoyed much success on the Grand Prix circuits, and was largely based on Jano's experience with Fiat's Tipo 805 Grand Prix car of 1923. ....[continue reading]

1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 vehicle information

Turismo Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: James Young

Chassis Num: 0412061
Engine Num: 0412294

In 1929, Alfa Romeo sent this chassis and single-camshaft engine to coachbuilder James Young, Ltd, of Bromley, Kent. It had job order number 2074 and given a drop head coupe body. The first owner of this completed vehicle took possession of the car o....[continue reading]

1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 vehicle information

Spyder
Coachwork: Carrozzeria Sport SA

This car was sold new on June 27, 1929, to Dr. Massimo Brigatti. One of only five Sport-bodied Afas, this is the earliest and also the oldest 1750 in the United States. It was purchased by Ralph Stein in 1936, and featured in all of his books. Mr.....[continue reading]

1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 vehicle information

Spyder
Coachwork: Zagato

This car spent its pre-WWII years in Italy and after the conflict was used in England for brake lining testing by Lockheed. It was subsequently returned to Italy in the possession of the late Roy Slater, who resided near Milan and was the co-author ....[continue reading]

Spyder by Zagato
 
Spyder
 
Spyder by Touring
Chassis #: 0312901 
Turismo Drophead Coupe by James Young
Chassis #: 0412061 
Spyder by Carrozzeria Sport SA
 
Spyder by Zagato
 


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Alfa Romeo Monthly Sales Volume

June 2019
1,595
May 2019
1,572
April 2019
1,584
March 2019
1,774
February 2019
1,362
January 2019
1,150
Additional Sales Volume Data


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Performance and Specification Comparison

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Alfa Romeo
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)
1925Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (306,479)Dodge (201,000)
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