Over the six years it was produced, the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 morphed from a relatively simple road car into a high-powered racing machine. Much of this evolution was due to the influence of Vittorio Jano, a talented designer who had been lured away from Fiat by Enzo Ferrari. Ferrari hadn’t started his eponymous company at this point; he was a racecar driver and racing development manager for Alfa.
The 6C 1750 was introduced at the Rome Motorshow in 1929. It had a six-cylinder engine with a double overhead camshaft. The car came in several different versions – Turismo, Sport, Super Sport, Gran Turismo – but the version shown here, the Gran Sport, was the most powerful of the lot, with the shortest wheelbase and a top speed of around 130 mph.
Originally designed by Revelli du Beaumont, the car had been crashed in a race and was sold to Carrozzeria Aprile, a body shop which rebodied the car and sold it. After a few years, the new owner sold it to his mechanic, who kept the car for over 50 years. Eventually the car was purchased by Italian architect Corrado Lopresto. The car won the prestigious Coppa d’Oro prize at the 2014 Concorso d”Eleganza di Villa d’Este in Italy.
Update: We recognize that this is a 1931, not a 1938, and have updated it accordingly.
Photo Credit: Georg Sander