History and provenance

1949  Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet

For all its race-bred charm, the 6C 2500 represented Alfa Romeo’s past rather than its future, nevertheless standing the company in good stead until the arrival of the thoroughly modern 1900 model in 1950. The 2500 production started in 1939 and continued until 1953, by which time a little fewer than 2,200 of these handsome automobiles had been made. A total of 383 Super Sport (SS) models were built.

This 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS wears two-seater cabriolet coachwork by Pinin Farina of Turin. This family firm was founded by Battista “Pinin” Farina  in 1930 as Carrozzeria Pinin Farina (the contractlon to “Pininfarina” came after WW2). One of Italy’s oldest carrosseria, the firm provided the training ground for many talented designers including Giovanni Michelotti and Felice Mario Boano.

The chassis with number “915870” was delivered from the Portello factory to Pinin Farina in 1949. For reference see page 258 of the book “Alfa Romeo 6C 2500” by Angelo Tito Anselmi.

Costing 4,5 million lire, the new car was delivered to its first owner, Enrico Mazzarella, in Palermo, Sicily in June 1950. Signor Mazzarella kept the Alfa until 1955 when it passed into the ownership of Conte Pietro de Cordova, also of Palermo, who used it till his death in 1970. The Alfa subsequently remained garaged at the family’s castle until it was sold in 2003 to a new owner in Genova with 19,000 kilometres recorded. In 2008 chassis number “915870” was carefully re-commissioned by the current 4th owner living in The Netherlands. The technical and mechanical check-up has been executed by the well reputed Dutchman Evert Visser of Superleggera Classic Car Services, Hilversum.

The particular circumstances of its history have preserved this remarkable car in an amazingly original condition: the paintwork, Burgundy leather interior and matching soft top have not been touched since the car left the factory, while included with it are the original Italian libretto, tonneau cover, keys, jack, tool kit, Palermo registration plates (PA 17668) and Alfa Romeo maps of Italy. The odometer currently registers only 19,810 kilometres. The car today starts and runs perfectly.

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport’s are rare cars, cabriolet versions even more so, for the current Dutch owner it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a privilege to own one of these Italian historically important cars preserved in perfectly original condition.