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1948 Alfa Romeo 6C – Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera

Posted by on Thursday, August 4, 2016 in 1940s, 6C, Alfa Romeo, Articles, Vehicle Spotlight

Carrozzeria Touring was established in 1926 by Felice Bianchi Anderzoni. In 1937, after years of experimentation with aerodynamics, they pioneered the superleggera (superlight) construction, using space-frame tubes covered in aluminum. The result was incredible racing success for Alfa, Fiat, Lancia, and Ferrari, and Alfa Romeo.

1948 Alfa 1 Test

The Alfa six-cylinder 2,500 cc engine was introduced in 1935, and was able to be quickly revived post-WWII, as much of Alfa’s activity had been moved from Portillo, which was heavily damaged during Allied bombing, to the town of Orta. This enabled Alfa Romeo to get a jump on their competition, and post-war production resumed in 1946, and it is believed that just 60 Touring Coupes were built between ’46 and ’50.

1948 Alfa 2 interior

The sleek Italian design appealed to new owners like King Farouk, Rita Hayworth, Tyrone Power, and even Prince Rainier. It was one of the most expensive vehicles available at the time, and a notable step along the path of rebuilding post-war Italian production. Top speed at the time was 96 MPH.

1948 Alfa 3 rear

The lovely example we photographed at the Concours of the Americas was one of the hand-built examples of the noted Milan firm Carrozzeria Touring. Each chassis was assembled by hand, and then shipped to the coachbuilder of the owner’s choice. Part of the noted OFF Brothers collection in Richland, MI, this car has won awards from fine concours events around the country, and has toured in ARCC and VSCC Rallys as well.

1948 Alfa 4 driver's side interior

Technical Specifications

  • 2,443 cc inline 6 cylinder engine, 110 HP
  • 4 speed manual gearbox
  • Independent front and rear suspension
  • 128” wheelbase

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