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1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500

Sport Cabriolet
RM Sotheby's Hershey 2021
Thursday, 7 October - Friday, 8 October 2021
$265,000
Sale Price
$275,000 - $325,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
7 October 2021
Sold Date
159
Lot Number
#3+
Older restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 915251. Blue, with dark blue cloth top over dark red leather. RHD. 2,443/90hp, single 2-barrel Weber carburetor, column shift 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Silvertown tires, radio, side outlet exhaust, Carello headlight covers, semaphore signals behind the doors, banjo steering steering wheel.

Evaluation: Quick, old repaint with some overspray in the wheel wells. Good upholstery and interior wood trim. Orderly, but aged and somewhat grimy engine compartment. Superficially restored some time ago but claimed to have $176,000 in mechanical work since 2017.

Bottom Line: Sold post-block. Stylish, competently presented with a superficial repaint, though aged and used. That it needed $176,000 in mechanical work over a four-year period is not reassuring, either for the mechanical condition or for the caliber of work done earlier. A bidder’s willingness to pony up even this much is a tribute to RM’s persuasiveness after it passed the auction block. This is full retail for this Alfa’s condition.

by Rick Carey
8 November 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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