A coachbuilding masterclass and as pretty as a car can be..1 of just 5 remaining cars
Few automobiles rival the elegance and racing lineage of the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500. The 6C 2500 became one of the most expensive and refined cars of its era, attracting a worldwide celebrity clientele. When it debuted in 1939 as the third series of Vittorio Jano’s legendary six-cylinder Alfa’s, the engineers involved could never have imagined that it would signal the end of the line for hand-built Alfa Romeos.
Thanks to engine upgrades and a vastly improved fuel delivery system, the 6C 2500 was the first road going Alfa Romeo capable of 160 km/h. Additionally, it benefited from four-wheel independent suspension, with parallel trailing arms and coil springs in the front and swing axles with torsion bars at the rear. The 6C 2500 was immediately met with praise and success from its hand-selected upscale clientele. Alfa Romeo was, of course, still in the business of providing rolling chassis to custom coachbuilders, even as the onset of war loomed.
By order of Mussolini, Carrozzeria Touring had to change its name to ‘Turinga’ during the Second World War, making it one of the rarest Alfa Romeo’s ever. A very small number of Touring’s cars were badged ’Turinga’. Only five 6C 2500 Sport Cabriolets were built, of which we now proudly handled two examples. These cars are amazingly easy to drive with light steering and powerful brakes. The engine offers sufficient punch and the gear change is remarkably easy.
Driving is very modern with 120-130 km/h all day long. The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport is a masterclass from ‘Stabilimenti Turinga’ and is as pretty as a car can be. The long and elegant front fenders literally illustrates a bridge between Pre-and Post War design.
This car is one of 4 cars out of the 5 which were immediately delivered to the German officers in Italy. The responsible Wehrmacht army Kolonel who took delivery was a man named Von Carnap. After the war the car was abandoned by the Germans and the Americans probably took this car with them.. The car’s next known whereabouts are in 1960, in the state of Texas in the hands of a man named Donald Vesley. Mr. Vesley sold the car in 1974, and it passed through the hands of several owners before being acquired by a collector named Paul Myers in 1989.
Myers had the car restored in the early 1990s by Phil Reilly & Co., with bodywork performed by Moal Coachworks, both extremely well-regarded shops that consistently prepare show-winning cars of the highest caliber. Indeed, the car did very well when shown, winning the CCCA Senior National First Prize in the Primary Division at the Spring Grand Classic in 1999, Most Elegant Sports Car at Amelia Island in 2005, and Best in Class at the Greenwich Concours in 2008, an impressive feat for a restoration nearly 20 years old. During Myers’ ownership, the car was displayed at “The Candy Store” a sort of clubhouse for local enthusiasts of high caliber collector cars to store and display their cars in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 2013 the car was sold to Europe and the owner decided to return the car to original blue. The car received new paintwork at a well known restoration shop and a correct new interior and hood. Mechanically the car was serviced and repaired where necessary. The car was then invited to the exclusive concours in Kyoto Japan. In 2023 the body was superbly repainted to concours standard and prepared by a well known restoration shop in Holland at quite some expense. Today the car is in very nice restored condition and will be a centre piece of any important car collection and a joy to drive.
This is a great opportunity to acquire a car which is highly eligible for the best events worldwide, including the famous Mille Miglia.
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