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1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Turismo Cabriolet (Pinin Farina)

chassis no. 0412384- engine no. 0412384

  • One of the first Pinin Farina bodied cars, in the year the bodyshop was founded.
  • Rare model: maybe the only Pinin Farina cabriolet, based on the Turismo III series.
  • Mille Miglia Eligible. As a pre-war, it has the plus of positioning early on the starting line.
  • Matching Numbers.
  • Black Gorizia four-numbers plates from 1945.

  • Complete restoration, just finished.


€ 350.000 - 400.000

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The model

In the early 1920s, Vittorio Jano was commissioned with creating a lightweight, high-performance vehicle to replace the large and heavy RL and RM models. Between 1927 and 1954, the Alfa Romeo 6C was produced in a series of models: road, race, and sports cars. The "6C" name refers to the number of cylinders of the car's straight six-cylinder engine. The different models’ bodyworks were made by coachbuilders such as Castagna, James Young, Pinin Farina, Touring and Zagato. From 1933, a custom-made Alfa Romeo’s built bodywork became available; it was made in Portello. The car was introduced in April 1925 at the Salone dell'Automobile di Milano as the 6C 1500. The 2-litre formula - that led Alfa Romeo to win the Automobile World Championship in 1925 - changed into the 1.5-litre formula for 1926’s races season. The production started in 1927, with the P2 Grand Prix car as a base model. The more performative 6C 1750 was introduced in 1929 in Rome. The car featured a top speed of 95 mph (153 km/h), a chassis designed to flex and bend over curved surfaces, as well as sensitive geared-up steering. It was produced in six series between 1929 and 1933. The base model had a single overhead camshaft. The Super Sport and Gran Sport versions had a double overhead camshaft (DOHC), and a compressor was available. Most of the cars were sold just as a chassis then bodied by coachbuilders. The 1750 quickly gained a reputation for winning races. The Alfa Romeo cars were absolute stars in the history of motor racing and the various 6C models participated with out-and-out squadrons in the most important races, led by the most talented drivers of the time.

The car

The 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Turismo Cabriolet (Pinin Farina), chassis no. 0412384 has an adventurous and very representative history of the motor racing and Italian costume, at the turn of the Second World War. It is believed that there are no other 6C Turismo Cabriolet built by Pinin Farina of 1930 (and, therefore, III series) survived. This car always "lived" in Italy, like many cars in working order, at the end of the war it was converted into a "boxed" truck. It was a typical operation of the period: on one hand, the lack of raw materials and, after the bombing, of the factories themselves, to resume production, weighed. On the other hand, economic resources were lacking, there was a large surplus of resources that the war left unused and there was a great demand for "practical" vehicles, good for working. Thus, many military vehicles and even luxurious pre-war cars, abandoned by a dissolved ruling class, were available at low cost. The 6C 1750, chassis no. 0412384 was found in the late 1960s in barn-find conditions. Chassis number and engine number correspond with the historic GO7673 black plate. It still keeps its log book dated November 7th, 1945. From the chronological extract, it is possible to see the wording " trasformabile" (convertible), which the car originally had. Coach built by Pinin Farina, in the year the bodyshop was established, it is one of the first Pinin Farina bodied cars and it was marked with a first design badge. Who, in the 1960s, bought the car found, asked Luigi Fusi for advice on how to proceed with a thorough restoration. Several were the letters, between the two. The restoration began in the 1970s by the Bonfanti museum, reconstructing the rear and revising the entire mechanics of the car. The car remained unfinished until 2017 when the restoration was resumed by the current owner. Thanks to the several parts preserved, the original color of the car has been recovered. The car is accompanied by a large number of documentary photographs and letters, from the discovery to its restoration. The car is perfect, with the recently completed restoration. It is a very rare model, versatile in its use and eligible for the main races for vintage cars, such as the Mille Miglia and in the main elegance competitions.

State of the Art

Complete restoration. Back end rebuilt, many parts preserved. Matching numbers.


  • Stefano d’Amico, Maurizio Tabucchi, Alfa Romeo – Le vetture di produzione dal 1910, Giorgio Nada Ed., Milano 2007
  • Angela Cherrett, Alfa Romeo Tipo 6C 1500, 1750, 1900, Haynes, UK 1989
  • Luigi Fusi, Enzo Ferrari, Griffith Borgeson, Le Alfa Romeo di Vittorio Jano, Autocritica, Italia 1982
  • Stefano d’Amico, Registro Italiano Alfa Romeo 1962-2004, Edizioni RIAR, Italia 2004


Registration and Italian license plates as a commercial vehicle, to be updated, from 1945.


  • Mille Miglia. Eligible. As a pre-war, it has the plus of positioning early on the starting line.
  • Giro di Sicilia. Eligible.
  • Targa Florio. Eligible.
  • Goodwood Revival. Eligible
  • Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti. Eligible.
  • Coppa delle Alpi by 1000 Miglia. Eligible.
  • Winter Marathon. Eligible.
  • California Mille: Eligible.
  • Nürburgring Classic. Eligible.
  • Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Eligible.
  • Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Eligible.
  • Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille. Eligible.
  • Concorso d’eleganza Villa D’Este. Eligible.



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