American shop restoring Nazi-ordered Alfa Romeo cabriolet

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Bayberry Vintage Autos is restoring this 1944 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Pinin Farina Cabriolet that was once going to be owned by a Nazi officer. | Bayberry Vintage Autos photo
Bayberry Vintage Autos is restoring this 1944 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Pinin Farina Cabriolet that was once going to be owned by a Nazi officer. | Bayberry Vintage Autos photo

A restoration shop in New Hampshire is restoring a classic Alfa Romeo that once was destined for use by a high-ranking Nazi officer. More than seven decades old, the Alfa is a lucky survivor, said David Petit, general manager for Bayberry Vintage Autos.

“This car has a good story,” he told the New Hampshire Union Leader. “It almost got in the wrong hands but didn’t.”

The 1944 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Pinin Farina Cabriolet was ordered by the officer on April 12, 1944, the Union Leader reported. The car was finished on April 6 of the following year, just days before Italy — a former ally of Nazi Germany — was liberated by Allied forces.

The car was specially ordered with a blood-red interior, a back seat raised six inches to make the officer seem more imposing and an identification plate stamped with swastikas. It was unknown which officer ordered the car.

Alfa Romeo expert Malcom Harris told the Union Leader few 6C 2500s were built during the war, as factories were primarily producing warplane engines and other military parts.

“Many (of the cars) went to either Italian or German military officials,” Harris said. “The records during the time show a number of them went to generals.”

Documentation shows that the car was exported by an Italian hotelier and first registered in Brazil in 1947, the newspaper reported. Harris, a Seattle-based attorney, reached the then-owner of the car in 1981 and informed him that it could very well be the only surviving example. Harris had been hunting for Alfa Romeos in South America when he made the discovery.

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The car finally was brought back to Europe by a Dutch man, who also had tracked it down in Brazil. Petit first learned about it at a 2010 event in Paris.

The restoration will take at least a year, Petit said. 

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

7 COMMENTS

  1. I have a post war motor for sale was a running motor . Let me know if I can help , plus brake drums and other small parts.

  2. Good history? I love Alfa’s but why would anyone want to own a car that should be burned and crushed. It’s a disgrace, not a treasure.

    • If History is destroyed, we can not continue to learn from the good as well as the bad and said history will repeat itself, ‘m looking foreword to seeing the car the nazi never had the opportunity to see or drive. You know because they lost.

    • Its an artifact of the war, therefore worth saving. Your intentions are misguided, if that was a Bf-109 would you want it destroyed?

  3. Destroying this fine automobile would be like shooting a thoroughbred horse who was owned by a nefarious person.

  4. Please visit our website at BayberryVintageAutos.com and see this and many other classic automobiles that we have restored. We specialize in restoring classic cars to their original beauty. A beautiful car with a very sordid past. If you are interested in tracking the restoration of this 1944 Alfa Romeo, or any of our other restorations, follow us on Facebook.

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