Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS Super Sport Cabriolet by Stablimenti Farina 1948

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6C 2500SS Super Sport Cabriolet by Stablimenti Farina 1948





Introduced in 1938, the 2500 (2443 cc) was the last 6C road car. The passage from the 6C 2300B to the 6C 2500 involves negligible differences: the mechanical solutions remains practically unchanged, the 2mm increase in the engine stroke is the only major change, while the new design reflects a rare conservatism. Due to slight changes in the design of the grille and now even greater momentum, due to the choice of the “Long” 2300B, 3250mm, first used to build limousines. It was produced until then end WWII when it replaced by the “Freccia d`Oro”.

World War II was coming and car development was stopped, but a few hundred 6C 2500s were built from 1940 to 1945. Post-war, the first new Alfa model was the 1946 6C 2500 Freccia d'Oro (Golden Arrow), of which 680 were built through 1951, with bodies by Alfa. The 2500 had enlarged engine compared to the predecessor model, this Vittorio Jano designed double overhead cam engine was available either one or three Weber carburettors. The triple carburettor version was used in the top of line SS (Super Sport) version. The 2443 cc engine was mounted to a steel ladder frame chassis, which was offered with three wheelbase lengths: 3,250 mm (128.0 in) on the Turismo, 3,000 mm (118.1 in) on the Sport and 2,700 mm (106.3 in) on the Super Sport. In relations to the bodies of the official range, it was decided to continue producing sedans in Alfa, the coupe versions were to be th prerogative of Touring, while convertibles and roadsters will be produced by Pininfarina. But in reality this was not always so. Various coachbuilders made their own versions of the 2500, like Ghia, Graber, Bertone, Boneschi.

The 2500 was one of the most expensive cars available at its own time. The last 6C was produced in 1952, and was replaced by the 1900.

The Turismo type chassis was generally used for 6-seater cars, while the Super Sport for the 2-seater and although there were some exceptions, Revelli created 2-seater spider on Turismo chassis and it was built by Stabilimenti Farina in 1939. The front with four streamlined headlights was very modern, the treatment of the side was almost perfect. The step between the two headlights at the front end and the fenders have volumes absolutely non-traditional shapes for the era: the front is massive and significant increase in contrast to much shorter rear. The proportions required some mechanical changes such as the retreat of the pedals and steering wheel or the stick shift moved to the dashboard. The interior lined in hemp and complex structure of the holding windshield into two independent sections.

In 1947 Stab. Farina returned to its expertise creating custom models. It could care less about installing the unified Alfa shield, creating its own. Thanks to the bolstered strip centres, a stylised shield takes flight and thus creates something of rare elegance. Reviving mudguards and more tilted horizontal strips to create a usual “bow” nose. Compared Super Sport chassis to the long Sport chassis, the ridges over tyres are less pronounced and some elements, like the bumpers, less showy, better harmonising the overall car. The front spreads out and the mudguards blend in with the radiator grille. The lights find room where two connect. The rear with a massive ridge and initial glimpse of the “truncated tail”. A divided rear window, almost horizontal, is the only glass part, since the side windows are small. All this creates a majestic fastback coupe, designed by Giovanni Michelotti.

In 1948 the first edition of the Turin motors show opened on September 15 and Farina presented two 6C 2500 Super Sport, a coupe and convertible, with identical design. Michelotti opted in favour of a modern style: the unified Alfa shield, a radiator grille equipped with few useless ornaments, the lights on the front mudguards that increasing lose their volume, only extending with slight groove to the door.

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