Touring Treasure – 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Berlinetta

1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500Like so many of the great names in the automotive business of Continental Europe, Alfa Romeo could not  and did not avoid the grim political and economic realities surrounding the Second World War. The company was technically controlled by the Mussolini government from 1932, and the factory fell victim to Allied bombing during the war. Afterwards, during the immediate postwar years, Alfa struggled to find a proper niche for itself in terms of road car production. It was clear that the bigger, grander, more elegant sports cars that they had built before the war would not see to the company’s long-term success, so the construction of smaller and cheaper but still high-quality sporting cars was pursued.

This shift in Alfa Romeo’s focus certainly worked for them, and as we now know they built some of the most memorable cars of the 1960s and 1970s. For a few short years in the late 1940s and 1950s, however, there was still a bit of the old Alfa Romeo about. In 1950 and 1951, Giuseppe Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio used the wild Alfa Romeo 158 and 159 to dominate the first two years of the Formula One World Championship, and larger coach built sports cars were still rolling out of Alfa’s updated factory.

The “6C” moniker on Alfas goes all the way back to the 1920s, but this particular car is one of those later postwar Alfas, among the last of the big classics, a 6C 2500. These were actually developed from the 6C 2300 and 2500 of the prewar years. Equipped with the Vittorio Jano-designed twin-cam, 2443 cc straight-six topped with Weber carburetors, the 6C was available in various states of trim, including the “Sport”, Super Sport”, and “Super Sport Corsa”. Bodywork was provided by Pininfarina, Touring, Ghia, and Bertone, among others. After 1951, though, the 6C was replaced by the 1900, the smaller and more appropriate Alfa for the company’s postwar role in the sports car world.

This car, located in Bedford, UK, is one of the more attractive Touring-bodied examples. It is also reportedly a 95-horsepower “Sport” version, and its earliest known history is back during 1952 in Malta. Since then, it’s gone to Australia and then to the UK. Though this right-hand-drive Alfa runs, it has not been on the road since the late 1980s and will therefore need a thorough straightening out before it can truly be enjoyed. It appears to be all complete and generally in driver quality shape, so hopefully getting it back on the road really will just be a quick job because this thing has been collecting dust long enough. As such an important and pretty piece of Alfa’s history, it’s time for it to see some pavement.

Check out the 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 here on eBay, where the reserve is not yet met at $72,100.

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