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Auctioned Alfa Romeo is star of the show

Auctioned Alfa Romeo is star of the showAlfa Romeo was the undisputed star of Gooding and Co's inaugural Amelia Island Auction this year. Auctioneers sold the stunning and legendary recreation of the 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS Aerodinamica with coachwork by Touring, built on one of the original chassis in the final project carried out by Ing. Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni. This unique car was expected to fetch between US$800,000-1,300,000, sold later at US$748,000

Conceived for the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1939, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Berlinetta Aerodinamica was the refined successor to the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Le Mans Berlinetta. The original Berlinetta Aerodinamica was last seen at the Mille Miglia in 1940 and unfortunately never surfaced in 70 years that followed. There are no known records of the exact chassis that carried the 1939 Aerodinamica Berlinetta coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring. Opinions vary as to whether one or two examples were built and, despite the painstaking research by numerous Alfa Romeo historians, the full story remains unresolved. According to Luigi Fusi in Alfa Romeo All Cars from 1910, only 33 pre-war 6C 2500 Super Sport chassis were built by Alfa Romeo and this car is based on one of these rare competition chassis.

The car was found in Eastern Europe in 1989 just following re-unification. After a several years of planning, an ambitious effort was initiated to re-create the 1939 Touring Aerodinamica Berlinetta Superleggera coachwork. The project was realized through a collaboration between Ing. Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni, the former head of Carrozzeria Touring, and master coachbuilder Dino Cognolato of Vigonza, Italy. By 2001, the main aspects of the coachwork were completed and Ing. Anderloni unequivocally declared it a 'faithful reconstruction of the Berlinetta Aerodinamica Integrale executed with original systems and methods of the Touring body works in 1939.'

Ing. Anderloni sadly passed away in 2003. This was his final major project - a lasting tribute to his father's work and heritage of Carrozzeria Touring. The car was purchased in 2003 by its current owner and the demanding restoration effort was completed in Italy in 2007. The final coachwork and exquisite details were finished by Ing. Cognolato and the mechanical aspects were completed by Nino Epifani in a manner consistent with period Super Sport specifications.

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