A few pictures, not so many words.

Silvia & Elena

Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS

Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS

With the lightning series over, let’s continue with the car posts. Not a Mercedes this time, but another beauty.

Between 1928 and 1938, Alfa Romeo won one of the most prestigious historical endurance rallies, the Mille Miglia (italian for Thousand Miles). Only 1931, Mercedes-Benz was a little bit faster than the Italians at their home turf.

Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS

Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS

1930, Tazio Nuvolari and his Co-Pilot Battista Guidotti drove an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider Zagato fastest between Brescia, Rome and back. The name can be decrypted pretty easily. 6C means it has a straight-six-cylinder engine. 1750 is the deplacement. GS means Grand Sport, of course this was no ordinary road car. Spider Zagato were the body maker’s company and its marque. Usually, companies like Alfa just built and sold the rolling chassis. The final bodywork was done by Coachbuilders like Ugo Zagati who also worked for Ferrari, Maserati and Rolls Royce.

And today, this, along with eight other winner cars, is displayed in Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz-Museum temporarily. Enjoy the shots!

Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS

Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS

Nach der Blitzserie, wieder etwas, was sich auf der Erde bewegt. Zwar kein Mercedes-Benz, aber ebenfalls ein ganz besonderer Wagen.

Alfa Romeo gewann die prestigeträchtige Rally Mille Miglia (italienisch für ‘Tausend Meilen’) in den ersten Jahren bis 1938. Nur Mercedes-Benz konnte die Dominanz 1931 durchbrechen.

Davor und danach war es eine Angelegenheit von Alfas, die sich teilweise den Sieg strittig machten. 1930 gewannen Tazio Nuvolari und Battista Guidotti im Alfa 6C 1750 GS Zagati Spider. Der Namen steht für die 6 Reihenzylinder, die 1750ccm Hubraum und die Bezeichnung ‘Grand Sport’. Alfa baute in den dreißiger Jahren nie die Wagen für die Rennen. Normalerweise kam aus der italienischen Fabrik nur ein fahrendes Chassis. Ehemalige Sattlerfirmen wie die von Ugo Zagati bauten den Wagen dann zu Ende. Zagati war und ist kein Unbekannter, so war und ist der für mehrere italienische Marken wie Alfa, Maserati und Ferrari, sowie auch für Rolls Royce tätig gewesen.

Mehr als 80 Jahre nach dem Triumph über die Strecke Brescia-Rom-Brescia kann man den Wagen momentan noch im Stuttgarter Mercedes-Benz-Museum zusammen mit acht weiteren Gewinnerautos bewundern. Viel Spaß bei den Fotos!

12 responses

  1. Ich interessiere mich wenig für Autos (Ich fahre letztendlich ein Q5) aber ein altes Alfa hätte ich wahnsinnig gern🙂

    01/12/2012 at 03:55

    • To have a Q5 is not the worst thing, I think🙂 I adore what all these great companies have done in the thirties and fifties. No security worries, no aerodynamics-craziness. Pure craftsmanship. It would scare the hell out of me, but I would love to have one, too🙂 Thanks so much for your great comment, Andrew!

      01/12/2012 at 03:58

      • My problem with the Q5 is that everything is electronic and that means everything can go wrong. They need THREE days for a routine service, My wife has an A3 TFSI and that is a fun car. The Q5 is just too complicated. I can’t even work the media console!

        01/12/2012 at 04:02

      • haha, hear you loud and clear! I bet, the car seller was not telling you about the engineering degree you need to switch radio stations, right?😀
        I lost my heart to the A6 quattro when I had both the station wagon and the ordinary version for a weekend each. Oh, one day when the money is right🙂

        01/12/2012 at 04:05

  2. I’m really enjoying this series. The history of the cars is great, and your photos make them look majestic. Nice job!

    01/12/2012 at 05:20

    • Thank you very much! I’m trying to present the cars how they are deserving it. Each one of them has made history. Looking at and shooting them is just a try to pay my respect. Cheers!🙂

      01/12/2012 at 19:11

  3. I love classic, A time when art defined designs.🙂

    01/12/2012 at 06:11

    • Definitely! An awesome time, when cars were not mere toys, but part of adventures and great stories🙂

      01/12/2012 at 19:12

  4. vizualbusinessbd

    Nice!!!

    01/12/2012 at 18:36

  5. Photos close to home

    Like the way you got low and close on these photographs to isolate the lines and shapes. And the way you worked the scene, especially the way you tilted the composition in the second photo.

    02/12/2012 at 17:41

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment! I took the idea to shoot the details like shapes and lines of a car from another blogger and tried to find my own way. I am glad, it seems to start to work out. Have a good sunday evening!

      02/12/2012 at 18:58

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