- Chassis No. 915.913
- Engine No. 928.316
- Gearbox No. 946.745
- Documents Italian Libretto
- One of only thirty-six Villa d’Este Coupés constructed
- Exported to Italy and fully restored roughly ten years ago
- Participated in the 2017 Mille Miglia
- Accompanied by ASI documentation and a FIVA card
Bridging the gap between the pre- and post-war eras, Alfa Romeo’s 6C 2500 debuted in 1939 as the third series of Vittorio Jano’s legendary six-cylinder Alfa Romeos. Capable for 160 km/h, these cars benefitted from four-wheel independent suspension and could be had in a handful of levels of tuning. This included the 87-horsepower Turismo, moving up to the 110-horsepower Super Sport, or SS, and culminating in the track-ready Tipo 256 with 120 horsepower.
Following the war, the first 6C 2500 offered was the Freccia d’Oro, which boasted essentially the same running gear as the pre-war cars. In 1949, Alfa Romeo introduced the Villa d’Este Coupés. Boasting Superleggera coachwork by Touring of Milan, Alfa Romeo dubbed the car Villa d’Este following this design’s success at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este on Lake Como, where it won the Gran Premio Referendum, also known as the People’s Choice Award.
From 1949 to 1952, just thirty-one Villa d’Este Coupés were built, in addition to five cabriolets. This would mark the end of 6C 2500 production (with the exception of a couple of racing cars built in 1953), signaling the end of this legendary era of hand-built Alfa Romeos.
Chassis number 915.913 was delivered new to Paris in August of 1951. Its early history is not entirely clear, but at some point, in the 1950’s the car was involved in an accident and had been shipped from France to the United States in the early 1960’s. A photograph of the car is included in the history file, showing it fitted with an Aerlux sunroof. At this time, it was owned by Richard Martgan in Texas and was finished in red with a red and blue interior.
Passing through Jan Bruyjn in the Netherlands in the early 1990s, the 6C 2500 returned to the United States where it remained until at least 2014 and was subsequently exported to Italy. The car was acquired in 2013 by the consignor from Bruno Galatassi, who in his ten years of ownership had restored the car to how it appears today, finished in beautiful maroon paintwork with a grey cloth interior.
Following the consignor’s acquisition, the Alfa Romeo has been driven in the 2015 Gran Premio Nuvolari, the 2017 Mille Miglia, the Coppa Milano-Sanremo in 2018, and has been shown regularly at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The car’s participation in those events speaks to its desirability, as it would surely be welcome at a variety of either further touring on concours