When the 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was first introduced, it received recognition for being the first road-going Alfa Romeo capable of reaching 160 km/h. Today, it’s known for being the last hand-built Alfa Romeo ever and in the case of the coachbuilt Villa d’Este coupé variants, one of the brand’s rarest cars ever.
The 6C 2500 was one of the more spritely cars of its day thanks to four-wheel independent suspension with trailing arms and coil springs out front and swing axles with torsion bars in the back. It’s straight line speed was similarly impressive, with the high-performance Super Sport, or SS, model boasting 110 horsepower and the track-prepped Tipo 256 churning out 120 horsepower.
Unfortunately, production of the 6C 2500 was halted amid the outbreak of WWII. However by 1949 Alfa Romeo was back to producing the 6C 2500 and released the Villa d’Este Berlinetta Coupés which featured coachwork by Touring of Milan. From 1949 to 1952, 130 Villa d’Este coupés were made, however just 36 of the special examples bodied by coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring left the production line.
One of the 36 Carrozzeria Touring Villa d’Este Berlinetta Coupés, chassis number 915910, will be sold at RM Sotheby’s Paris sale in February. While there may technically be 36 of these cars roaming the earth, this one is 1 of 1 as no two of the coachbuilt cars were identical. In this case, the car features unique integrated aluminium front bumpers, a steeply raked windscreen, and a “perfectly,” sculpted tail, RM says.
Havin just underwent a restoration in 2008, this 2500 SS is a wonderful and rare example of the breed. Don’t expect it to command a small sum when it crosses the auction block in Paris next February.