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Two stunning, one-off Alfa Romeos will join the main display at this summer’s Concours of Elegance, coming to Hampton Court Palace on 4-6 September.
One of these, pictured above, is a 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C-2300B that is one of four to have Graber cabriolet coachwork, but today it’s the sole survivor of that quartet.
What’s more, it is the only example with a Mille Miglia-specification engine and chassis.
The 6C-2300B was ordered new by Martin Mueller who was the CEO of Bruggmuehle Goldach, one of the largest wheat mills in Switzerland.
And back in 2014 it was the subject of a restoration that would take three years to bring it back to its original specification, as it left the Swiss coachbuilder’s premises.
This will be joined by a unique example of the 2300’s successor, a 6C-2500 SS.
This 1951 Alfa Romeo 6C-2500 SS wears coachwork by Ghia. It is one of four cars to have the coachbuilder’s Supergioiello – or ‘Super Jewel’ body.
However, this is the only one to have a strong yet lightweight tubular chassis by Gilco.
The car was ordered by SIRCA, the Milanese dealer that was Ghia’s representative in the Lombardy region, and came to the UK in 1959.
In its life it’s also been in the US, Austria and The Netherlands, and has undergone a nut and bolt restoration.
Then in 2016, its current custodians commissioned a comprehensive restoration that took two and a half years and returned the Alfa to its original specification.
“Our Steering Committee of motoring experts scours the globe for the finest examples of automotive design, innovation or rarity, and these unique Alfa Romeos are arguably the perfect blend of all three,” said Andrew Evans, Concours of Elegance Director.
“Yes, they’re incredibly beautiful, but they also perfectly represent the very best of the automotive spirit in a difficult era in European history, spanning the years before WW2 and the years after.
“We’re enormously privileged to have them attending, and we can’t wait for our guests to see them in the Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace this September”.
Tickets are available for the 4-6 September event here.