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1949 Plate Special Roadster

1949 Plate Special Roadster 1949 Plate Special Roadster 1949 Plate Special Roadster Luigi Plate was born in the mid 1890s and actively raced automobiles during the 1920s and 1930s. Luigi Plate and his younger cousin, Enrico Plate, were automotive enthusiasts where had a racing team called Scuderia Plate. The team ran a variety of cars in various races. Many of the vehicles used in competition were highly modified by Milanese tuners.

In the mid-1940s, Luigi raced an Alfa Romeo 2300, which may have served as the donor for what would later become the Plate Special Roadster. The Plate Special was built in 1949 and had a tubular chassis and powered by an Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 engine that dated from 1934.

The car was raced in Italy, and then sold to an Italian-American individual from New York in 1959. It was later damaged in a fire.

The car has recently been treated to a restoration. Upon completion, the car made its restoration debut at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2011



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