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  Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Pinin Farina Cabriolet
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1948 - 1951
Numbers built:25 - 30
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 09, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionShortly after the end of the Second World War, Alfa Romeo restarted automotive production. The Milanese firm's offering was very similar to the 1939 line-up, consisting of the various 6C 2500 models. Most exclusive was the short wheelbase Super Sport model. However unlike before the War, Alfa Romeo now offered complete cars instead of rolling chassis for coach-builders to body. The completed cars were still fitted with bodies designed and built by coach-builders, but the designs were standardized. This meant the start of the transformation of the design houses from designers/coach-builders to automotive design consulting agencies.

Mechanically, the 6C 2500 still relied on the designs of one of the world's finest designers; Vittorio Jano. Shortest of all available chassis, the Super Sport chassis was 2.7 meters long, with the Sport chassis being 0.3 meters longer. Engines were similar, but the Super Sport boasted a high compression version of the six cylinder unit. Originally the SS engine was good for 110 bhp, but to handle the poor quality fuel available after the war, Alfa Romeo slightly lowered the compression ratio, effectively lowering engine output to 105 bhp. All around, independent suspension was fitted to make sure engine performance was matched by equally impressive handling characteristics.

Before the War most of the 6C 2500s were bodied by Touring and Pinin Farina. It came as no surprise that Alfa Romeo picked these two renowned coach-builders to supply the bodies for the 6C 2500s after the War. Touring's excellent design won them the contract to build the Coupes (later known as the Villa d'Este), whereas Pinin Farina was picked to supply the most exclusive of all bodies; the Cabriolet. Pinin Farina's simple but effective lines made the Cabriolet one of the most elegant cars available. All this elegance came at a price; the 6C 2500SS was the most expensive production car in the world. It was very popular with the rich and famous and it still is; one of the previous owners of the featured example is guitarist Eric Clapton.

On the occasion of the 2003 Retromobile show in Paris, the featured example was offered in a Christie's auction. Estimated to sell at around $ 110,000 - 130,000, offers failed to meet the reserve and this exclusive Alfa Romeo did not sell.

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