Car of the Week #2: Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Figoni
First introduced to the world at the 1929 Rome Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 was a replacement for the 6C 1500, with largely the same technical details apart from a larger engine.
It wasn’t until 1933 that this particular coachbuilt Figoni version appeared, at Joseph Figoni’s home show, the Paris Motor Show. With the graceful teardrop body, it certainly doesn’t look like a thoroughbred racing car but this car has an impressive motorsport history.
The coupé body you see here was replaced by a lightweight open top body for a stint of racing, including a class win at Le Mans in 1935, and a sixth-place finish overall. Soon the Figoni body was to be refitted, as it is today.
Since then, this 6C 1750 has been restored twice, after a first restoration attempt – with the car finished in two-tone blue – wasn’t deemed successful. Today it wears its original black and white colour scheme, and has been showcased at some of the world’s finest concours events, including Pebble Beach.