Alfa Romeo is competing with Maserati and also with two new Italian brands, Cisitalia and Ferrari. Aerodynamic improvements revive the popularity of coupes. In parallel, new developments of single-seaters anticipate the Formula 1 which will be created in 1950.
The production of Alfa Romeo had been interrupted by the bombing of the plant in 1944. The evolution of the traditional 6C range of models equipped with a 6-cylinder in line engine is however not forgotten. Alfa Romeo builds in 1948 for competition a small series of three coupes 6C 2500 with a 2.5 liter engine assembled on a chassis 8C 2900 that was shortened and lightened. The bodywork is not subcontracted.
Only one of these three cars survives. It has a rich competition history including four successive participations in the Mille Miglia. It was later one of the Sleeping Beauties of the Dovaz collection where it waited for four decades under the dust a renewed interest in classic cars.
A later collector found, restored and reinstalled its original engine, and re-established this car close to its original configuration. It was sold for $ 4.84M including premium by Gooding in August 2013 over a lower estimate of $ 2.8M. It is estimated $ 3M for sale by Bonhams at Quail Lodge (Carmel) on August 24, lot 99.
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SOLD for $ 3.5M including premium