Alfa Romeo 6C10814307 – Early history identified
During September, October and November of 2012, I spent seven weeks in Italy shaking trees, stomping the ground, rattling cages, stirring pots and various other annoyances in an attempt to learn something of the early history of a friend’s 6C1750 whose historical description otherwise began 1934 in England. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in that specific search. My friend, who paid the bulk of my expenses for creating such mayhem, was disappointed almost as much as I. My efforts were not completely wasted however as I came away with an amazing amount of material that I have sifted through ever since while continuing to gather ever more material that relates to these great cars. Later, through a completely different path here in California, I did find the early history of my friend’s car. That is another story all of its own!
In the process of all of this, I identified the early history of 6C10814307, a lovely Gran Sport by Zagato that I saw one day many years ago while in the company of yet another 6C-owning friend. 6C10814307 was a lovely car when I saw it. I gathered a bit of information that has proven to be interesting to our studies of other similar cars, as well as studies of Zagato and other outside suppliers to Alfa Romeo.
Nine racing events are identified thus far in the 1930's and it is likely that there will be more to be found with additional studies. I've also documented a dozen or more text references and at least three published photographs. There will be more to be found as well in some archives not yet scoured.
I’ve recently learned that 6C10814307 is perhaps being sold as this is being written. This note is an attempt to reach out to the new owner or perhaps wanna-be new owner. The current/most recent owner turned down my offer last year to rejoin the history gathered back with the car, an offer I made as soon as I identified it. At that time, I asked only the actual amount paid by my friend … which allowed me the ability to do the research in the first place. Some of that amount, if paid, would have been offered back to the friend who funded my efforts. The history I’ve learned about 6C10814307 is significant and is likely to increase the perceived value of the car significantly. At least 5% and perhaps more like 10% or more. I am not arguing that this is a “correct” way to add value to a car but I can certainly testify that it seems to be what happens in the real world we live in. What is the actual value of such information to an owner or prospective owner in order to know exactly how "interesting" the car might actually seem, in addition to all the obvious appeal that it has without knowing anything about its early origins?
The presentation of 10814307 when I last saw it is perhaps more “honest” to its history and build intent than the jewel-like presentation of the black car (6C10814356) recently sold? I cannot actually say that one car is better than the other. The two cars are simply different while being fundamentally quite similar. I am not yet convinced that the price paid for the black car will be repeated anytime soon for a similar car. If it is repeated in short order, then perhaps I am thinking “small” on what the information should be valued at? However, I am not yet asking 1% of 3-million! I would merely like to be able to continue the research and be able to justify the time and expense that it takes to do it. There is so much more awaiting the effort to dig it out from its hiding places! I’ve only scratched a few surfaces so far.
For now, I will require that anyone interested in acquiring the historical data show some knowledge of the car itself. It is not on offer to just anyone. At least, not yet! In the end, it may not matter how additional research becomes funded?
John de Boer
The Italian Car Registry
Last edited by iicarJohn; 02-26-2014 at 10:59 PM.