1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Lungo Worblaufen Cabriolet
Exhibition Car at the Geneva Motor Show 1938 at Carrosserie Worblaufen
On exhibition at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 to celebrate the car’s 80th anniversary
Spectacular one-off worldwide with special aluminium bodywork
Spoked rims in red
Red leather interior
Soft top in off-white
Original mileage 57’900 kms
This is the story of the two “Show Sisters” Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Worblaufen Cabriolet:
In 1938, at the International Motor Show in Geneva, this Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Lungo Worblaufen Cabriolet was presented at the own pavilion of the company “Carrosserie Worblaufen Fr. Ramseier & Co.”. At the same time, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Pescara Worblaufen Cabriolet was presented at the official Alfa Romeo pavilion. Both absolutely unique hand-built rarities! Based on the ready-to-run and motorised chassis of Alfa Romeo, the coachwork was developed and manufactured by “Carrosserie Worblaufen”. At the time, it was fashionable for prestigious coachwork designers and manufacturers to build their exclusive creations on commission for customers. The “Carrosserie Worblaufen” manufacture, with up to 40 employees, created an incredibly advanced and aerodynamic cabriolet design for its period, which was presented to the public at this mentioned motor show with these two breathtakingly beautiful and elegant cabriolets:
The Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Lungo Worblaufen Cabriolet and the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Pescara Worblaufen Cabriolet. The “Lungo” features a wheelbase of 325cm, while the “Pescara” is based on the shorter “Corto” chassis with a wheelbase of 300cm. Both cabriolets are absolutely unique and are equipped with the patented convertible top. Thanks to an integrated spiral spring and an sophisticated mechanism, the top could be operated with only one hand and folded very compactly. It is particularly worth mentioning that these bodies were formed by hand from lightweight aluminium, resulting in an extremely light vehicle weight.
These two “show sisters” and stars of the 15th Geneva Motor Show, are now available for sale. Both classic cars have very extensive and detailed documentation. They also include correspondence between Carrosserie Worblaufen and the customer of this cabriolet.
The advanced technology of the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 was a milestone in the history of the automobiles, as it was among the earliest European cars to be developed with independent suspension. The engine, introduced in 1934, with 6 cylinders in line and a capacity of 2’309 cc, is made of a cast iron monobloc and an aluminium alloy cylinder head. The valves are in a V arrangement in the cylinder head and are driven by two overhead camshafts, driven and controlled by a chain timing gear. This engine remained in Alfa Romeo’s range until 1952. Combined with a four-speed gearbox, with a gear lever on the centre tunnel, this cabriolet was a very sporty car. The drum brakes on the four wheels were hydraulically operated and no longer by mechanical linkages as on the 6C 1750.
Carrosserie Worblaufen Car 1: Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Lungo Worblaufen Cabriolet
This cabriolet from Carrosserie Worblaufen was commissioned by the first owner back in 1937 and it was agreed that this car would be allowed to be exhibited at the 1938 Geneva Motor Show. After only one year, this convertible was then sold on to its second owner, who passed it years later on to his daughter. She kept it until 1952 and then she sold it to the third owner. Since 1979 it has been in the collection of Lutziger Classic Cars and the complete history therefore shows only four owners in a life-time of more than 80 years of this unique cabriolet from Carrosserie Worblaufen. The corresponding owners’ names are known and are documented. The following documents are particularly worth of mentioning:
– Correspondence and purchase contract between client/buyer and Carrosserie Worblaufen
– Correspondence with the secretary’s office of the Geneva Motor Show
– Original vehicle registration card printed on textile paper
– Historical customs declaration card and export permit for motor vehicles
– Carrosserie Worblaufen company card with advertising image of this Alfa Romeo
– Historical original pictures
– And a lot more
In exceptionally original and unrestored condition, this Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Lungo from Worblaufen shows an evenly authentic patina all around. In a breathtaking beauty, this one-off is an irresistible collector’s car that represents an absolutely rare opportunity and, especially in combination with the second “Worblaufen” Alfa Romeo from the Geneva Motor Show in 1938, is an unbelievable sensation.
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