Alfa Romeo 6C 2500S Sport Cabriolet by Ghia 1947

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6C 2500S Sport Cabriolet by Ghia 1947





Mario Felice Boano had taken over Carrozzeria Ghia after Giacinto Ghia died in 1944. The Ghia factory had also been bombed in 1943, and later rebuilt. All four Boano cabriolets differ in detail, but are notable for the superior quality of their construction. This is the last of the four to be built and the only one in Europe. One was destroyed, one was unrecognizably remodelled, and the other resides in Japan. With an aluminium head and cast iron block, the engine generates a torquey 95 bhp, and powers the car to almost 100 mph (160 kph). The four-speed manual transmission is operated by a column shift.

The 1945 Sport designed by Fedele Bianco, with whom Ghia worked since the war. The badge with three Savoia knots, with third going to replace the word “milano”, appeared with the 6C 2300 in the period in which they were also manufactured in Paris where, in fact, “paris” appeared.

In 1947 thanks to the Michelotti-Boano partnership Ghia created streamline sedan. Although a long wheelbase, their expertise almost transformed it into the berlinetta: the mutual design of the three side lights that seem to merge into a single large window.

Ghia built special convertible on SS chassis balanced forms, changes, especially in the front, are limited, the highly tilted windshield grant the car the drive and sportiness worthy of the Alfa Romeo name. Also in 1947, Ghia creates four models, all slightly different due to the choice of round-hole or rectangular-hole fronts. The final result id fully changed by only changing a few details: the designs are practically identical, only two details change: the lack of an Alfa shield, the refined recessed and streamlined tail lights behind a pentagon screen, and the long groove that runs along the entire side. If the openings, wether round or rectangular, and ornaments next to the two semi-bumpers seem to express the designer`s lack or full conviction, the overall result is a first-class revolution: the strange front may seem like the typical feature, but the groove is more particular, unusual and modern; it ideally continue the front mudguard for entire length of the car and create a new conception of the belt line.

Boano's design remains arresting, 65 years later. The aluminium body is precisely fitted over a frame of small steel tubes, drilled to save weight. The whole structure is extremely stiff to prevent flexing and the door latches are especially designed to close securely. The swooping front wings follow a long trailing line from above the faired-in headlights, down to the three-piece rear bumper. The six-piece stainless steel front bumper forms part of the grille, and small intakes are grouped above it in a design that would not look out of place six or seven years later. The car can readily be identified by its Alfa Romeo badge, but the company's signature shield-shaped grille is nowhere to be seen in the smooth aerodynamic nose.

All four cars were apparently delivered to Rome, The interior is simply spectacular, finished with perfectly fitting panels and trim and superb plated brass accents. The beautifully ribbed steering wheel would not look out of place on a 1950s Motorama concept – a reminder of the strong ties between Ghia and Chrysler and the 17 dream cars that still draw admirers at Concours d'Elegance everywhere. Externally, the car is elegantly understated to emphasize the curves of the bodywork, with unobtrusive faired-in tail lights and semaphore turn signals on the sides. The glass headlight covers are hand-made and curved into the fender lines.

“Supergiollo” coupe designed by Michelotti for Ghia, recreated later by Gian Paolo Boano, son of Mario Felice, the modelled design, put their best foot forward together. The “Gioillo” series, conceived by Felice Boano and “Supergiollo” is later included amongst Ghia`s masterpieces. The beautiful pavilion is compact, accompanied by a highly tilted windshield, the stretched side cancels out the bulky mudguards.

In 1950 three other very similar models followed, now with the intense Alfa flair with a polygonal shield. The first was presented at the Turin motors show on May, 1950. 

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