1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Freccia d’Oro

Alfa Romeo’s first post-war car

The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport has been one of the most important Alfa Romeo cars since it was launched in 1939. It was the last car that was hand-built by Alfa Romeo with a six-cylinder engine. The 6C 2500 Sport has a larger displacement of 2,443cc compared to its predecessor, the 6C 2300. During World War 2, development of new models was halted, but Alfa Romeo still produced a few hundred units. 


The 2500 Sport Freccia d’Oro is a Berlina (saloon). It marked a new beginning for Alfa Romeo, as the Milanese brand achieved something that very few manufacturers have, which was designing, building, and selling cars themselves, rather than relying on an external coachbuilder. The 6C 2500 Sport Freccia d’Oro was the first Alfa Romeo produced after World War 2, when the factories were still in ruins and the archives lost. 


“Freccia d’Oro” means “Golden Arrow” in Italian, likely in reference to this being Alfa Romeo’s first post-war car. The car is made out of steel, with a shortened wheelbase of 3,000 mm, weighing 1,500 kg. Despite its heaviness, the car compensated with a streamlined body with the door stretching all the way to the rear wheel arch, as well as having a large, round bump on the trunk, all contributing to the great performance. The car also has supreme functionality, thanks to its long doors that make it easier to go in and out, along with a simple but spacious interior that can comfortably fit up to 6 people.


Under the long stretched bonnet is a 2,443 cc 12-valve DOHC six-cylinder engine designed by the legendary Vittorio Jano, which was equipped with either a single or double Weber carburetors. The engine produces 90 hp at 4,600rpm, which is 36.8 hp per liter. The iconic engine is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission, sending power to the rear-wheels at a top speed of 155 km/h (96 mph). 


Only 680 were built between 1947 and 1951, which marked the end of hand-built Alfa Romeos from its workshop in Portello, which, at the time, was considered the same league as Bugatti and Bentley. Its historical significance has also been elevated by its appearance in the iconic 1972 film ‘The Godfather’, where a 6C was blown up.


This example has a dark blue exterior and a beige interior, with 40,817 km on the odometer. The car is in excellent condition, considering the fact that this car was built in 1947.


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