Found the other article with pictures of the car in original, 1941 conditions with pop-up headlamps. Can’t scan now, and picture is poor. I’ll see what I can do in the next days.
Extra info is that De Mola has his shop in Rue Jacques de Lalaing, 6, in Brussels. The original owner who commissioned the coachwork was a Mr. Joseph Nothomb from Brussels. Date of “order” might be 1939 instead of under occupation, but the car, entirely hand-beaten wasn’t ready before fall 1941. Tunisian episode also confirmed after Ostende prize winning 1948. Car won prize at Peeble Beach 1972 – someone to check this track? –
Umberto De Mola provided the early history of the car to the following owners, as a plate with his name and address on the car allowed them to contact him. He saw his creation first time from 1948 when invited at Beaulieu, where the car was on loan, in 1983. Umberto De Mola died next year, but his wife and daughter conserved the archives. He also bodied a Lancia of which I know nothing.
As for the Touring 6C2500 Spider, nothing to do with De Mola. I post the whereabouts of that car in the new thread opened by Dr. in the proper section, so we keep good order in the topics/thread titles