1944 Alfa Romeo Sports Cabriolet


Engine: T-Head overhead valve four-cylinder inline
Displacement: 255 c.i.d.
Gearbox: Three-speed manual
Power output: 28.9 HP

About our 1944 Alfa Romeo Sports Cabriolet

Our 1944 Alfa Romeo Sports Cabriolet is currently being restored. This unique automobile has quite a story which gained a lot of interest from the media.

Hampton collector: Alfa Romeo ordered for Nazi officer ‘almost got into the wrong hands’   
New Hampshire Union Leader, July 23, 2018

American shop restoring Nazi-ordered Alfa Romeo cabriolet
The Classic Car.com Journal  July 25, 2018

History of the 1944 Alfa Romeo Sports Cabriolet

This classic Alfa Romeo was once destined for use by a high-ranking Nazi officer. More than seven decades old, the Alfa is a lucky survivor.  The 1944 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Pinin Farina Cabriolet was ordered by the officer on April 12, 1944. The car was finished on April 6 of the following year, just days before Italy — a former ally of Nazi Germany — was liberated by Allied forces.

The car was specially ordered with a blood-red interior, a back seat raised six inches to make the officer seem more imposing and an identification plate stamped with swastikas. It was unknown which officer ordered the car. A few Alfa Romeo’s 6C 2500s were built during the war, as factories were primarily producing warplane engines and other military parts.  Many (of the cars) went to either Italian or German military officials. The records during the time show a number of them went to generals.  Documentation shows that the car was exported by an Italian hotelier and first registered in Brazil in 1947.  Harris, a Seattle-based attorney, reached the then-owner of the car in 1981 and informed him that it could very well be the only surviving example. Harris had been hunting for Alfa Romeos in South America when he made the discovery.  The car finally was brought back to Europe by a Dutch man, who also had tracked it down in Brazil. Petit first learned about it at a 2010 event in Paris.