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Alfa Romeo 6C 2500

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione (1948) front view

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione (1948) rear view

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500
Overview
Manufacturer
Alfa Romeo
Production
1938–1952
Powertrain
Engine
2.5 L 2443 cc I6
Transmission
4-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase
3,250 mm (128.0 in) Turismo
3,000 mm (118.1 in) Sport
2,700 mm (106.3 in) Super Sport
Chronology
Successor
Alfa Romeo 1900
Introduced in 1938, the 2500 (2443 cc) was the last 6C road car. World War II was coming and car development was stopped, but a few hundred 6C 2500s were built from 1940 to 1945. Postwar, 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 carburetors. The triple carburetor version was used in the top of line SS (Super Sport) version. The 2443 cc engine was mounted to steel 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. Various coachbuilders made their own versions of the 2500, but most of the bodyworks was made by Touring of Milan.
The Tipo 256 was a racing version of 2500 made eight copies between 1939 and 1940 for Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was made as Spider (convertible) and Berlinetta (coupe) Touring bodystyles. With power of 125 bhp (93 kW) it could achieve top speed of 200 kilometres per hour (120 mph).
It was sold to wealthy customers like King Farouk, Alì Khan, Rita Hayworth, Tyrone Power, and Prince Rainier. One was also featured in The Godfather in 1972.
The 2500 was one the most expensive cars available at its own time. The last 6C was produced in 1952, and was replaced by the 1900.

Versions


Model
Engine
Max power
Fuel system
Top speed
Years
Number produced
6C 2500 Coloniale
2,443 cc (149.1 cu in) DOHC I6
90 bhp (67 kW) @ 4500 rpm
single carburetor
127 km/h (79 mph)
1939–1942
152
6C 2500
2,443 cc (149.1 cu in) DOHC I6
90 bhp (67 kW) @ 4600 rpm
single carburetor
-
1938–1949
6C 2500 Turismo
2,443 cc (149.1 cu in) DOHC I6
87 hp (65 kW)
single carburetor
-
1935–1937
6C 2500 Sport
2,443 cc (149.1 cu in) DOHC I6
95 bhp (71 kW) @ 4600 rpm (1939–1946)
90 bhp (67 kW) (1947–1952)
single carburetor
155 km/h (96 mph)
1939–1952
13
6C 2500 Super Sport
2,443 cc (149.1 cu in) DOHC I6
110 bhp (82 kW) @ 4800 rpm
double carburetor
170 km/h (106 mph) (1939–1946)
165 km/h (103 mph) (1947–1951)
1939–1951
413 Coupés
6C 2500 Super Sport Corsa
2,443 cc (149.1 cu in) DOHC I6
120 bhp (89 kW) @ 4750 rpm
triple carburetor
-
1939–1953
6C 2500 Sport Pininfarina
2,443 cc (149.1 cu in) DOHC I6
95 bhp (71 kW) @ 4600 rpm
single carburetor
155 km/h (96 mph)
1941–1943
8
6C 2500 Freccia d'Oro
2,443 cc (149.1 cu in) DOHC I6
90 bhp (67 kW) @ 4600 rpm
single carburetor
155 km/h (96 mph)
1946–1951
680
6C 2500 Villa d'Este
2,443 cc (149.1 cu in) DOHC I6
110 bhp (82 kW) @ 4800 rpm
triple carburetor
-
1949–1952
36
6C 2500 Gran Turismo
2,443 cc (149.1 cu in) DOHC I6
110 bhp (82 kW) @ 4800 rpm
triple carburetor
170 km/h (106 mph)
1950–1953
6C 2500 Competizione
2,443 cc (149.1 cu in) DOHC I6
145 bhp (108 kW) @ 5500 rpm
triple carburetor
200 km/h (124 mph)
1948

6C 2500 Freccia d'Oro

The 6C 2500 Freccia d'Oro (Golden Arrow) was the first postwar Alfa Romeo it was built 680 through 1951, with bodies by Alfa. The car was Berlina bodystyle with 5-6 seats based on 2500 Sport. It has wheelbase of 3,000 millimetres (120 in) and it weights 1,550 kilograms (3,420 lb).[23] With 4-speed manual gearbox this 90 bhp (67 kW) car could achieve top speed of 155 kilometres per hour (96 mph).
Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 'Freccia d'Oro' (1946)

6C 2500 Villa d'Este

The 6C 2500 Villa d'Este was introduced in 1949 and was produced until 1952, named for the Concorso d'Eleganza held in Villa d'Este; a Touring Superleggera-bodied version won the prize. Villa d'Este was Alfa's last hand built model, only 36 examples made (including 5 cabriolets).
Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d'Este (1949)

6C 2500 Coloniale

The 2500 Coloniale was a special version of 6C, used by the highest military authorities and government. The car was designed by the request of the Italian Ministry of Defense in 1938 for use in the numerous Italian colonies. At that time, the Italians had many colonies in Africa. Two prototypes of the model Alfa 6C 2500 Coloniale were manufactured by Alfa Romeo in 1939. Giambattista Guidotti had been instructed to test two prototypes in East Africa. He had already led an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300B Mille Miglia in 1937. The car will be the first to be manufactured using technology developed by the renowned Carrozzeria Touring, the Superleggera. Actual production began in 1941. The car had two spare wheels, a fuel tank of 120 liters and four additional reserves with a capacity of 70 liters of gasoline. In addition, the differential can be locked from the dashboard by the driver. Production of Coloniale stopped in 1942 due to the war, when 150 vehicles, plus two prototypes were produced.
Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Coloniale (1942)

6C 2500 Sport Pininfarina

The 2500 Pininfarina was manufactured during the Second World War on the 1943, when “Alfa Romeo” manufacture was adjusted to build technology for the needs of the army. The vehicles of the 1943 make only had their chassis and the transmission parts assembled on the production line, however, the body and interior design was done by the Italian design studio Pininfarina.

Gallery

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS (1939)

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Pinin Farina Cabriolet (1940)

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Coupe (1948)

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet (1941)

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Coupe (1949)

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500S (1939)


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Last updated on 28 February 2014 at 02:44.

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