1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS "Corsa"SOLD
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Engine Type: 2.5 Litre Inline 6 Cylinder
Engine Number:S923907
Color:Black with Burgundy / Black Leather

Reference Number 80688

as of 5/7/2010

Overview
Car 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS "Corsa"
VIN 915014 
Mileage 1,509 miles 
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Known History

 

1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS “Corsa”

s/n 915014, Engine no. S 923907

Red and Black with Black Leather

 

The 6C 2500 was Alfa Romeo’s ultimate development of the 6C series prior to World War II. The 6C’s, which had begun in 1925 with the 6C 1500, were available in a wide range of styles, from luxurious sedans to full on competition cars. Indeed, a 6C 2300 won the touring car class and 4th overall at the 1937 Mille Miglia, amply demonstrating the sporting capability and durability of the 6C. Among the most sporting variants was the 6C 2500SS Corsa, which, in addition to being highly tuned, was also produced in very limited numbers. While not as searingly fast as the supercharged 8C’s, the naturally aspirated engine and lighter weight of the 6C made it ideal for longer events like the Mille Miglia because of its superior fuel economy.

 

This particular car is an absolutely stunning example that won 2nd in class at the 1997 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It was beautifully restored from 1994 to 1997 by Knute Kolmann, with paint and bodywork by Brian Hoyt of Perfect Reflections and interior by Ken Nemenick. Since then, it has been carefully stored and looked after, and remains in spectacular condition. The chassis number stamped on this car’s chassis, 915014, indicates that this car is one of the 33 “Tipo 256s” built, which are differentiated by their Super Sport designation, short chassis, and unique differential ratio, all of which were aimed at providing an exhilarating and competitive high performance automobile of the highest caliber.

 

When the car’s current owner purchased in 1993, it was configured essentially the same way that it is today, but was in need of restoration. Prior to that, it was owned by New York collector Homer Tsakis, who purchased it in Italy in the 1980’s. He used the car in the 1987 Mille Miglia in Italy, before bringing it back to the United States. The engine is not original to the chassis, but is a 6C 2500 unit with triple carburetors. The body’s origins are uncertain, but the body replicates the absolutely stunning lines of Touring of Milan and Alfa Romeo’s legendary 2900, widely considered to be among the most beautiful cars ever produced. There is a great deal of documentation that comes with the car, outlining the efforts and findings of the numerous historians (including John de Boer) who have examined the car and its details. Fantasy Junction has copies of these documents available for interested parties to examine.

 

Although the car’s early history is nebulous, its recent history, accomplishments, and condition are anything but. The restoration was completed to the highest standards possible, and the results speak for themselves. Outside, the car is stunning. In addition to being one of the most beautiful automobiles extant, the execution is breathtaking. Finished in a distinguished combination of black with deep red accents, the bodywork is spectacular. Though the restoration was completed over ten years ago, it still presents as extremely fresh. Extremely close inspection reveals a handful of small blemishes to the paint. The body is outstanding, with superb fit and gaps. The chrome is excellent, and the glass and lamps are also excellent.

 

The interior is equally nice, with outstanding workmanship throughout. The leather and carpets are superb, as is the dashboard, which is punctuated by a pair of beautifully detailed multi-function instruments. The car has competition type lap belts.

 

The engine compartment is also stunning, being beautifully detailed, correct, and virtually spotless throughout. The car has seen limited use since restoration, and the underside remains extremely clean as well. The car comes with two photo albums from the restoration, as well as much documentation from historians and previous stewards. It also comes with complete tool roll with tools.

 

This is an extremely unique opportunity to acquire a hugely appealing car that will permit its owner entrance to the world’s most prestigious events, as well as an exclusive circle of pre-war Alfa Romeo ownership. Spectacularly restored, this car has a rare presence that is very difficult to be conveyed though words or pictures. If ever a car could be called art, this car is a member of that select group.