Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport cabriolet speziale by Pininfarina 1946
2018 Techno Classica - Essen (D)
A very unusual one-off design by famous Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina based on one of the few produced 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport chassis. It was first shown at the 1946 Geneva Motor Show and later that year was awarded the "most beautiful open-top car" trophy at the Turin Concours d'Élégance.
More remarkably it was then acquired by Leonard Lord in 1948; Mr. Lord was chairman of the Austin Motor Company at the time and by appearance a very dour British gentleman. Hard to imagine him enjoying such an extravagant car but never the less it's said this design inspired the creation of the Austin A90 Atlantic. Later this car was bought by American designer Holden Koto and shipped off to the US where it might have inspired the introduction of portholes on the sides of the 1949 Buick models.
For a Pininfarina design it's a very "overstyled" car with lots of chrome and odd details, where generally their designs were tastefully understated. It was also innovative for it's time, showing the transition to a modern pontoon form with vestigial fender "wings" on the otherwise slab sides.