The Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Söhne, has revealed two very special members of its 2020 Main Concours display: a pair of unique Alfa Romeo 6Cs, showcasing the best in contemporary engineering and craft design.
The Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B and 2500 were among the most expensive cars in the world during the 1930s and 1940s, with engines designed by one of the greatest automotive designers of all time, Vittorio Jano. The 6C’s mix of dual-cam power, independent suspension, and hydraulic brakes helped the 6C 2300 and 2500 accumulate a series of impressive race wins. They finished first and second in their class in the 1937 Mille Miglia, first, second and third in the 1937 Targa Abruzzo in Pescara, they won again in Pescara in 1938 and they won the Targa Florio in 1950.
In addition to their racing successes, both the 2300 and 2500 are responsible for some of the most beautiful and intricate coach construction of all time. An Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B appearing in Concours of Elegance in September features a body designed by Swiss automaker Graber. Altogether, Graber incorporated four 6C 2300s in a convertible style, but this example is the only one existing and the only one with the Mille Miglia specification engine and chassis. It was ordered by Martin Mueller, CEO of Bruggmuehle Goldach, one of the largest wheat mills in Switzerland. In 2014, it underwent a three-year restoration to return it to the condition that Graber first produced it.
The 6C 2500 SS was the successor to the 2300, and Concours of Elegance will host one of the most interesting examples of this particular model. One of the four bodied Ghia with Supergioiello, or “Super Jewel”, work by coach, three of the cars are known to have been built on the Alfa Romeo chassis, but this was the only one built on an advanced tubular chassis produced by Gilco. . Gilco is recognized as an innovative engineering company responsible for building the chassis of the first Ferrari, the 125, as well as advanced projects for Maserati, Lancia and more.
The lightweight but rugged tubular chassis, probably built in 1950, was a technological masterpiece compared to the ladder-frame steel chassis that most 6C 2500s were equipped with. The undercarriage, suspension, and brakes are vintage Alfa Romeo 6C components that appear to mainly date back to 1948.
Originally ordered by SIRCA, the dealer in Milan who served as Carrozzeria Ghia’s representative for the Lombardy region, this car finally arrived in the UK in 1959. By 1961 it was already on sale again for just £ 895 (just under £ 25,000 today), stayed in the UK for a few more years, and then came to America in 2016 via Austria and the Netherlands, with a full nut and bolt restoration on the way. Its current owners underwent another complete restoration with the car in 2016 to return it to its original specification, which took over 2.5 years.
Andrew Evans, director of Concours of Elegance, said: “Although our event has grown tremendously since its award-winning debut in 2012, we always keep a core collection of around 70 carefully selected vehicles for our main concours d’elegance show. Our Steering Committee of motorsports experts scours the world for the best examples of automotive design, innovation, or rarity, and these unique Alfa Romeos are arguably the perfect combination of all three. ”
“Yes, they are incredibly beautiful, but they also perfectly represent the best of the automotive spirit in a difficult era in European history, spanning the years before World War II and beyond. We have an enormous privilege to keep them in mind, and not We can wait for our guests to see them at the Hampton Court Palace Fountain Gardens this September. “
Outside of the main elegance pageant competition, around 1,000 other rare and significant vehicles are selected with special features and displays throughout the course of the event. This year’s centerpiece is dedicated to McLaren’s victory at Le Mans in 1995. A collection of the McLaren F1 GTRs that finished first, third, fourth and fifth in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 25 years ago will take pride of place. during the event, from 4 to 6 September.
The 2020 event will consolidate Concours of Elegance’s worldwide reputation for bringing together the best cars in the world on one of the UK’s most impressive settings; the Hampton Court Palace Fountain Gardens. With the kind support of Concours of Elegance sponsor, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, no other UK motoring event offers the same prestige.
Tickets for the Elegance Contest are available to buy now at www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupe with a twist
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