1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione

Built in the Alfa Corse workshops between 1946 and 1948, this 6C 2500 Competizione, chassis number 920002, was originally sold to Franco Rol of Torino, Italy. An Italian aristocrat turned successful chemical manufacturer, Rol was an avid sportsman who successfully raced a variety of automobiles during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

On May 2, 1948, 920002 made its competition debut at Italy’s most famous road race, the grueling Mille Miglia. But the new Alfa Romeo’s first appearance at the Mille Miglia proved to be a disappointment, as the car failed to finish its maiden race. It was next entered in the Coppa delle Dolomiti to an impressive 5th overall, 1st in class result. 920002 began the 1949 season on March 19 at the Targa Florio in Sicily. Rol maintained a commanding lead until a broken fuel line took them to a 2nd-place finish. On April 24, 1949, the Alfa returned to Brescia for the Mille Miglia. Against 300 other cars, Rol and Richiero drove to a class win and 3rd overall behind two Ferraris.

The 1950 season kicked off at the Targa Florio on April 2, and 920002 managed a 2nd in class and 6th overall — a strong result for a car in its third season of active racing. Despite serious opposition from a host of new sports cars, the 6C 2500 Competizione remained competitive well into the 1951 season. In July 1951, Rol sold 920002 to Denis Spagnol and shipped it to Switzerland through Lausanne. During his ownership, Spagnol entered the Alfa Romeo in local sporting events and modified the grille by fitting wide vertical bars and auxiliary driving lights. In October 1953, Jean Charles Munger of Thônex, Switzerland, purchased the Alfa and continued to race it. During this time it was treated to a general refurbishment and the front grille was further modified in the style of the classic Ferrari egg crate.

In November 1954, the 6C was sold to Swiss car collector Michel Dovaz, the proprietor of a successful printing business. For nearly three decades, 920002 remained hidden away in Dovaz’s chateau outside of Paris. Over the years, the Alfa Romeo was joined by an astonishing number of rare and important cars, including several Bugattis, Ferraris, Rolls-Royces and Bentleys.

In the 1980s, Dovaz’s collection gained fame following the publication of Sleeping Beauties, which depicted the elegant decay of his motorcar collection. In 1984, just as the Dovaz collection was being relocated to a more discreet setting, the 6C 2500 Competizione was pulled from storage and Club Alfa Romeo de France was given the opportunity to prepare the historic car to run the Mille Miglia Retrospective.

In 1995, Belgian Alfa Romeo specialist Raoul San Giorgi bought 920002, marking the first ownership transfer in over 40 years. From there, the 6C 2500 Competizione was sold to Nicholas Springer but eventually returned to Mr. San Giorgi. Since 2005, 920002 has been a part of an exclusive private collection in Washington state. The current owner, who is both a knowledgeable collector and a world-renowned restorer, maintains a deep appreciation for the finest Italian sports cars and has developed a particular affinity for the Alfa Romeo marque. Over the past two decades, he has restored many important sports cars, from pre-war Alfa Romeos to 250 Ferraris, and his exceptional work has been awarded with countless accolades at the leading concours d’elegance. Significantly, he executes all the mechanical work on his cars.