To celebrate the arrival of the new Alfa 8C Competizione, Alfa Romeo will be a title sponsor the 2007 edition of the Coppa Milano-Sanremo, bringing with them a selection of stunning cars from the official museum in Milan; while the famous historic Alfa 6C will be one of the event's featured models. Launched in full production form at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile in September, the dramatic new Alfa 8C Competizione has been the most exciting new sports car of the year. It will begin deliveries next September and the build up period is one of excitement for automotive enthusiasts' worldwide.

In the first year of its new century, the Coppa Milano-Sanremo will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Alfa Romeo 6C, reserving a special place to welcome an expected strong gathering of these magnificent cars during the March event. From the 1500 designed by Vittorio Jano and built from 1927, to the later models, coachbuilt by Young, Farina and Touring Superleggera, the 6C won every major race in the late 1920s such as in 1928 alone the Mille Miglia, the 24 Hours of Spa, the Targa Florio and the Circuit of Modena. These automotive gems from Alfa Romeo were also driven by such racing legends as Antonio Ascari and Giuseppe Campari.

An important new addition to the Coppa Milano-Sanremo programme has been made for next year on Sunday, the Coppa will include the breathtaking Panoramica del Monte Fasce road which leads to Genoa through a rugged coastal and mountainous landscape. This leg will provide the setting for the tourist regularity trials preceding the arrival in the city. The finish arch in Genoa will be in Corso Italia, with the arrival attended by the Organising Committee.


This year's centenary edition of the Coppa Milano-Sanremo featured a mouthwatering selection of cars from the official Museo Alfa Romeo.


First shown to the public in 1925, with production starting in the following year, the 6C1500 was designed by Vittorio Jano. Top: Alfa Romeo 6C 1500SS. Above: Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport.

The cars will then drive through the city centre, along the 19th Century Via XX Settembre, where they will parade under Ponte Monumentale arch to their destination in Via San Lorenzo and Piazza Matteotti. Here the Palazzo Ducale, the historical home of the Genoa Doges and heart of the civic life of the Republic of Genoa, which now hosts major art exhibitions and cultural events, will open the doors of the Maggiore and Minor Consiglio Halls for the lunch concluding the Genoa leg.

Alfa Romeo 6C

First shown to the public in 1925, with production starting in the following year, the 6C1500 was a new car designed by Vittorio Jano. Many features were continued from his P2, a car which had won the Grand Prix World championship the year before. The engine was an all new 1487cc six cylinder, sohc unit producing 44bhp at 4200rpm and fitted with a single carburettor.

Soon afterwards the sohc head was replaced by a dohc unit, which, fitted in the 1500S (Sport), produced 54bhp. In some markets this was sold as the Gran Turismo. The sohc unit continued to be available on special order until 1930. A further development was the 6C1500SS, or Super Sport. This had a supercharged version of the same engine, using a Roots type blower at 5psi, and produced 76bhp. This latter was very successful in motorsport including winning the Mille Miglia in 1928. In 1929 the next development was introduced, the 6C1750. This was available in three different versions, a sohc unit with 45bhp, a dohc unit with 55bhp and a supercharged unit with 85bhp. Chassis' were made available with two wheelbase lengths, although a small number of extended length GTC (compressore) cars were built. Again these cars were used with success in a variety of motorsport competitions.

The 6C1900 emerged in 1933 using the bore and stroke of the 8C2600, giving a displacement of 1917cc. The engine produced 68bhp, but only few examples were built, it being an interim unit. 1934 saw the introduction of the all new 6C2300 engine. This was a dohc unit and was produced in three different states of tune. The long wheelbase cars got 70bhp, the short wheelbase cars got 76bhp and the Pescara cars got 95bhp. The latter featured a lightweight body by Touring.

Developed from the 6C2300, the 6C2500 arrived in 1939, and continued in production until 1952, with some interruption during the war. The main production again used three variants, the basic unit giving 87bhp, in the Sport, with a higher compression ratio, this was increased to 95bhp, whilst in the Super Sport and fitted with three single choke carburettors, it produced 105bhp. A competition version, the 6C2500SS corsa, had an engine producing 125bhp. After the war the power outputs dropped slightly due to the poor quality of fuel available, except in the last competition version, the 6C2500 Competizione, where the engine was persuaded to give 145bhp for the 1950 Mille Miglia. The most famous post-war version was the 'Freccia d'Oro' which used the long (3000mm) wheelbase and a 90bhp engine, whilst smaller numbers of Super Sports and Turismo's were also produced.

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Alfa 6C history: CarsFromItaly / Photos: Coppa Milano-Sanremo / 2006 Interfuture Media/Italiaspeed