Friday, March 9, 2012

Lou's Metal Shaping ( History )

The Last car my cousin Lou worked on at his old shop Los Angeles Kounty Kustoms was this 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 built by Carrozzeria Touring of Superleggera construction developed by Felice Bianchi Andaloni. This is a very rare automobile for two reasons, one it was the middle of WWII and two, cars of this type were always special ordered.  It seems only three 6C 2500 Superleggera's were made in 1942, two cabriolet and one coupe ,all three being ordered by the German high command.  Although all three were ordered by the Germans, the one my cousin built was actually used as a German staff car complete with Flag Stanchions on fenders and a mounted spot/signal light on windshield frame. These holes for flags and light were chosen to be filled in, although my cousin Lou believed they should be retained for historical accuracy. Lou mentioned that for historical accuracy he also followed the original hammer marks from Touring, being careful to replicate this style of coach building.  Years later he saw original period pictures from Touring that confirmed his approach to this method. I have included a picture of  the two other 6C 2500's , the black coupe blows my mind and is my favorite. The Alfa has since been sold by the U.S. owner and is now in Germany.

1 comment:

  1. 356sal, the Alfa Romeo 6C2500 register would like to know the chassis number of the bare-metal Alfa shown in this blog. The red one is 915128 and the black Bertone coupe is 915516. See our work and contact us at Best regards, Bob S.