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1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS

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 canceled 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 car's 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

Related Reading : Alfa Romeo 6C History

The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was introduced near the end of the 1930s. 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 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.....
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1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS vehicle 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.....[continue reading]

1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS vehicle information

Berlinetta Aerodinamica
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 915080
Engine Num: 923882

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 ....[continue reading]

1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS vehicle information

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 curren....[continue reading]

1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS vehicle information

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 Mi....[continue reading]

Roadster
 
Berlinetta Aerodinamica by Touring
Chassis #: 915080 
Roadster
Chassis #: 913213 
Berlinetta Aerodinamica by Touring
Chassis #: 915033 


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