ICONS | Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Mille Miglia

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We were at the Knebworth Annual Classic Motor Show this weekend and amongst the usual fair was a very unexpected treat. Something that you would usually find in the rarified air of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance rather than that provincial Hertfordshire.

The 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Mille Miglia is a very rare car with only 106 being produced by Touring in Milan. It was based on the 'Superleggera' principle, which was developed from Tourings' work in the aircraft field. The body is created from an outer skin of aluminium panels resting on, but not rigidly fixed to, a cage of fine steel tubes. This would be one of the first Superleggera bodies crafted following on from the earlier 8C versions in 1937.

The body work is fantastically light with what seems like paper thin panels and perspex windows. It featured dramatic cut away rear spats and streamlined front wings, and was a fitting tribute to the race that Alfa Romeo made their own in the 1930s. The current custodian told the story of the Italian owner  leaving the car here in the UK after he visited earlier in the year, a very trusting friend.

It made a pleasant change from Ford Zephers and Vauxhall Vivas.

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