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1st Concours d'élégance Paleis Het Loo 1999

Alfa_Romeo_6C_2500_SS_cabriolet_Touring_1939.jpg (84385 bytes)The 6C 2500 succeeded the 6C 2300 model in 1939 and formed the link between pre- and post-World War 2 Alfa Romeos. After the war it appeared again in 1946 and was produced up to 1952.
This picture shows the 1939 6C 2500 Sport Speciale with lightweight convertible bodywork by Touring ("Cabriolet Superleggera"). It's powered by a straight 6-cylinder, 2443 cc engine which was good for 90 hp @ 4600 rpm and a maximum speed of about 155 kph.

Alfa_Romeo_1900_Supergioiello_coupe_Ghia_1953.jpg (63729 bytes)The new, post-Jano age for Alfa Romeo started with the introduction of the 1900 model in 1950. Unlike all previous Alfa models this car was designed to be mass-produced. The 1900 Berlina, a mid-size 4-door monocoque sedan model, was produced 17,423 times, a figure unsurpassed by Alfa in all years before.
From 1954 the 1900 Berlina range was accompanied by a range of coupés and convertibles which were built on a much smaller scale and were fitted with bodywork built by a number of famous Italian coach builders. To raise interest for these cars and to connect to their famous past Alfa Romeo asked five coach builders to design a prototype based on the mechanical parts of the 1900 TI Super (4-cylinder, 1975 cc and 115 hp @ 5500 rpm) in 1953. One of these designs was the 1900 "Supergioiello" (Italian for super-jewel) by Ghia. This prototype became the best known one of the five constructed and Ghia produced a small series of this design.
This Dutch owned 1900 Supergioiello is extremely beautiful with a very becoming off-white paint job. It's an unique car that can truly be called a jewel.

Amilcar_CGS_1926.jpg (80830 bytes)Amilcar was a French marque that specialized in small, light cars and became renown for their lightweight sports cars. The type C Gran Sport (CGS) was introduced in 1924 and established the Amilcar name on the sports car market.
The Amilcar CGS could be ordered in a number of different configurations, all based on a narrow chassis with brakes on all wheels. Different engines with different tuning levels could be fitted, varying from 23 hp 4-cylinder 985 cc units to straight 6-cylinder 1094 cc engines fitted with Rootes supercharger and producing 75 hp.
The lovely black 1926 CGS with 2-seater bodywork by Duvall shown here really incorporates the pure essence of sportive driving, usually only attributed to English cars.

Amilcar_CGSs_1926.jpg (80619 bytes)A more modern incorporation of the Amilcar CGS was this type C Gran Sport "surbaisse" (CGSs). This was a lower and more compact version of the CGS in which the driver and his passenger were placed in rather than on the chassis.
The CGSs was meant for serious use in competition where the CGS was a car for enthusiasts of sportive driving that could be used in competition as well. This type was usually fitted with the supercharged 1074 cc 6-cylinder, 75 hp engine; enough for a top speed close to 200 kph.
The 2-seater sports bodywork of this car was built by Duvall and it's owned by miss McClure from the USA.

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