Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 is an Italian road car manufactured by Alfa Romeo Automobiles between 1929 and 1933.More than 2,500 were produced in that time.
In 2009, RM Auctions sold a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Grand Sport for £522,500 in London.
The next year, the auction house offered a 1930 Grand Sport model, designed by Zagato, which realised €879,200.
In the early 1920s, Alfa Romeo’s Chief Engineer Vittorio Jano was commissioned to create “an advanced, lightweight, high performance vehicle that could be enjoyed on his native northern Italian roads.”
The new vehicle, based on a racing car model and featuring a six-cylinder, 1,487cc engine, was the 6C 1500, unveiled in 1925. In 1929, the 6C engine was expanded to 1,752cc – thus creating the 6C 1750.
The 6C 1750 established a reputation as a competitive open road racer, and was driven by famous drivers such as Giuseppe Campari and Tazio Nuvolari.
It has been described as “one of the purest cars Alfa Romeo have ever produced”.
The 6C 1750 produced 46 horsepower and had a wheelbase of 200mm. The mid-range performance of the car was improved by alterations to the cast-iron head, and relocation of the spark plugs, intake manifold and exhaust.
Three variants of the 6C 1750 were created: the single-cam Turismo, the twin-cam Sport, and the supercharged twin-cam Grand Sport.
327 Turismo models were produced, but due to collectors’ penchant for the more powerful Sport variants, few remain today. Only 2579 6C 1750s were produced by Alfa Romeo.