1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Berlinetta Aerodinamica

The Berlinetta Aerodinamica was the ultimate evolution of Carrozzeria Touring’s technical and aesthetic achievements prior to WWII. Conceived for the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1939, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Berlinetta Aerodinamica was the refined successor to the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Le Mans Berlinetta. It is the pinnacle of pre-war Italian design, combining the best of elegance, aerodynamics, and competitive purpose.

The original Berlinetta Aerodinamica was last seen at the Mille Miglia in 1940 and unfortunately never surfaced in the 70 years that followed. According to Luigi Fusi in Alfa Romeo All Cars from 1910, only 33 pre-war 6C 2500 Super Sport chassis were built by Alfa Romeo, and this car is based on one of these rare competition chassis. The car was found in Eastern Europe in 1989 just following re-unification. At that time, the chassis carried post-war cabriolet coachwork created by an unknown builder, and a pre-war 6C 2500 engine that remains with the car. The cabriolet coachwork was later removed and the chassis was carefully examined and declared an authentic 2700-mm pre-war 6C 2500 SS chassis by Automotoclub Storica Italia (ASI). There is no known record of its original coachwork.

The car was purchased in 2003 by its current owner and a demanding restoration effort was completed in Italy in 2007. The final coachwork and exquisite details were finished by Ing. Cognolato, and the mechanical aspects were completed by Nino Epifani in a manner consistent with period Super Sport specifications.

Miles Collier

Miles Collier - SCM Contributor

Miles is a retired business executive, practicing artist, investor, philanthropist and noted authority on vintage automobiles. He nurtured his interest in art at Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Painting. When family business intervened, he received an MBA from Columbia University. He retired as Managing Partner of Collier Enterprises in 1995 and returned to painting, which he does professionally. Collier maintains a significant automobile collection in Naples, FL. He recently hosted one of his prestigious symposiums on automobile connoisseurship.

Posted in Etceterini