1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport

Owner: RM Sotheby’s  Hosted by: Ozwald Boateng

This sublime 6C 1750 has an extensive documented ownership history and even participated in the 1933 Mille Miglia. It has been sympathetically restored, and is one of the oldest cars to appear at the Concours on Savile Row.

Alfa introduced the 6C in 1925 to build on its excellent track record in motor sport during the inter-war years, with star drivers such as Antonio Ascari and Giuseppe Campari. Adhering to the ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ ethos, aspects of the competition cars’ engineering would feed into the burgeoning road-model range.

 The 6C – named for the straight-six engine – could be adapted into Cabriolet, Gran Turismo, Sedan, Spider or Super Sport form by prominent coachbuilders. This top-of-the-line, Zagato-bodied Gran Sport Series V was the finest Italian sports car money could buy. It went through several hands in Italy – during which time it competed in the Mille Miglia – before being transported to Africa and, decades later, the UK. It remained in storage for years before undergoing a sympathetic rebuild with the aim to extol the virtues of its originality while retaining its innate useability.

Power: 102bhp  Top speed: 106mph  0-60mph: N/A