Lot #5083 - In the 12 editions of the Mille Miglia held before World War II, Alfa Romeo won 10 races, including many podium sweeps. In 1929, the race was won by Giuseppe Campari driving the fastest car in the world, an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS. Tracing its origin back to the P2 Grand Prix car, the 6C 1750 SS creates 85hp from a supercharged 1750cc engine, topping out at a then-blistering 90mph. A total of 121 6C 1750s were ever made, and only about 30 were designated SS, featuring a supercharger. This particular model, 0312901, likely left the Alfa factory in early 1929. It appeared in South Africa in 1936, owned by Lex Williamson and featuring its current body. According to conversations with previous owners, the bodywork was done in England after being inspired by an 8C 2900 A at the Earl's Court Show in London. The car was next sold to Paul Fatti of Fatti Engineering who, in 1950, sold the Alfa to Hugh Gearing of Johannesburg. A well-known Alfa Romeo enthusiast, Dr. Gearing owned the Alfa for over 60 years, entering in races, shows, and even arranging a drive by Juan Manuel Fangio in the car. During his ownership, the car's originality of the components was maintained. The car has recently undergone a full and complete restoration at Automotive Restoration in Stratford, CT, returning the chassis to its off-the-line state in 1929. Today, 0312901 is in concours condition. The chassis and engine are both original and in like-new condition. It still wears the handmade body dating back to the 1930s and is appropriately outfitted in black. Mechanical components, such as the crankcase, axles, supercharger and transmission, are all in working order and verified to be correct for the period by John de Boer. The interior, from gauges to leather seating, is excellent.
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