Alfa Romeo “6C 1750 GTC”, Castagna, 1931
The 6C 1750 was the car that drove Alfa Romeo to the Olympus of sports car companies. This lucky project, signed by Vittorio Jano, allowed Alfa Romeo to win the 1928, 1929 and 1930 editions of the Mille Miglia.
The 6C 1750 Gran Turismo Compressore is the last evolution of this sports yet elegant car; this model was requested by a refined elite of enthusiasts that were able to understand the touring potential of the supercharged engine.
The wheelbase is 6 cm longer than the previous series, the transmission and the front axle derived from the 8C 2300.
Pinin Farina, Touring and Castagna, among the others, created for the GTC some of the most beautiful Italian car bodies of the period.
It’s interesting to notice the finish of the folding top and the trunk design. It’s a masterpiece, a 4-wheeled sculpture.
One of the elements that makes this car unique is the pearlescent paint made by mixing nacreous dust from crumbled seashells with the paint.
Luciano Nicolis used to say:
“This is an Alfa Romeo 1750 with supercharger, a car that amazed the entire world because it was faster than the Alfa Romeo 3000, the car that kept winning at the time. Then they set the limit to 2000cc and it could not be used anymore. So Alfa Romeo made the supercharged 1750, that turned out to be faster than the 3000. Our car came 1st in its category at the International Concours D’Elegance – Louis Vuitton Classic – in Parc du Bagatelle. The Alfa Romeo 1750 was considered a very elegant yet fast car. We’re talking about the 30s, 1931 to be precise: the design is still marvelous. This 1750 was repainted in the pearlescent original color, made by mixing paint with fish scales and seashells’ dust. The headlamps were manually adjustable, so much so that they used to say – …raise …lower the headlamps – and you adjusted them with a lever. The engine is a masterpiece too, 6 cylinders with front supercharger”.