As the world of motorsports evolved during the early 1920s, FIAT continued to dominate grand prix racing, but they soon watched many of its brightest and most talented employees being hired by their competitors. No loss was more significant than that of engineer Vittorio Jano, who not only demonstrated a mastery of technical design but also supervised field testing, contributed to race strategies, and even worked with pit crews. Whilst his exit from FIAT, in 1923 ,marked a downturn for the Turin firm’s fortunes, it was a coup de grace for Alfa Romeo, whose team manager, Enzo Ferrari, had personally recruited the young engineer.
Introduced at the 1934 Milan Show, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 was the latest sporting model that had originated in 1925 from the 6C 1500. The latter was the first true expression of the abiding design genius of Vittorio Jano, who had masterminded the Italian firm’s meteoric rise to world-class stature in the mid-1920s. His P2 and Tipo B Monoposto racing designs proved virtually unbeatable at Grand Prix level in their heyday, while his family of six-cylinder sports-racing cars made motoring history as the standard-setter of its time.
The 2300’s newly developed six-cylinder 2,309cc engine featured an integrally cast crankcase and cylinder block topped by an aluminium-alloy cylinder head. Two basic specifications were available: the Turismo model with a long-wheelbase chassis, and the Gran Turismo with a shortened wheelbase.
In 1934, the 6C 2300 made an auspicious competition debut in the inaugural ‘Giro d’Italia – Coppa d’Oro del Littorio’, a race held in three stages over a total of 5,687 kilometres. Four cars with open coachwork by Brianza were entrusted to Scuderia Ferrari, which collaborated closely with Alfa Romeo on competition matters. The engines were equipped with a new inlet manifold, two 35mm Solex carburettors, and twin 3-into-1 exhaust manifolds. These engines produced more than 100bhp. Alfa Romeo suffered some bad luck in the course of the race, as the leading car driven by Marinoni had an accident in the second stage. However, the other three cars enjoyed more success, with the Rosa/Comotti car finishing 2nd overall, and the others finishing 4th and 5th.
The model’s definitive success came at the ‘Targa Abruzzo – 24 Ore di Pescara’ on 12/13th August 1934, when three Touring-bodied coupés finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.
The 1936 Alfa Romeo 6C 2600 offered exclusively by Autostorico is finished in Red with Brown leather interior trim. This stunning car was commissioned by its current owner, who had always dreamt of owning an iconic pre-war Alfa Romeo. Having sourced an Alfa 6C 2300 Saloon car in Switzerland the project was entrusted to marque expert Neil Twyman who undertook the build. Having taken the original body off the chassis, work started with the chassis being modified to take its bespoke ,all aluminium, two seat coachwork. The car then underwent a full mechanical overhaul including the engine and gearbox which was rebuilt with close ratio gears. Attention then passed to the braking and suspension system. Finally, the car was finished with period screens, instruments and leather interior trim.
Having taken delivery and undertaken several European road trips the owner decided to replace the cars original 2300 engine with a custom built 2.6 litre unit. He commissioned Setford and Company to undertake the build. This has resulted in a significant increase in the cars performance with the new engine producing 120 bhp with 185lbs ft of torque.
Offered for sale with its original saloon body and engine. A current V5 registration document, substantial file containing numerous invoices, photographs of the build and other related history.
A truly unique opportunity to own one of the world’s most sought-after pre-war cars.