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|09-03-2015 04:54 PM|
|09-03-2015 12:18 AM|
Originally Posted by 2000 touring sp View Post
|01-16-2014 08:29 AM|
|2000 touring sp||
6C 2500SS by De Mola
The SCM Analysis
This is a car whose origins are shrouded in tall, misty tales. The story most often told is that the car is a rebodied 6C 1750, the original chassis being produced in 1937. Two Italian brothers from Trieste working in Brussels rebodied the car during the 1940-41 period. Somehow the car next surfaced in Tunisia in the early '50s and was purchased by a serviceman and sent to the United States.
At that time, it got converted to a Ford engine, transmission and back axle. In the late '60s this hybrid motorcar was sold to Jackson Brooks in Colorado. He mounted the attention-getting body on a 6C 2500SS chassis and the car ended pu in California by the mid-'70s.
In the late '70s, a noted Norther California Bugatti enthusiast owned the car, but he remains a little vague about the guy who bought it from him for about $30,000 at that time. (Sounds like a lot of money for a "special" car at that time.)
Christie's sold the car at their Los Angeles auction in 1980 and it went to the U.K. It then sold at the Monaco '89 auction to a german (I believe) who says he sacrificed a 1750 Gran Sport chassis to restore the car, but I believe it is 2500-powered.
All in all, it's just a cool body that has been on a series of chassis that were probably all better off with their original coachwork.
Other SCM Profiles from the October 1994 Issue:
|01-16-2014 07:53 AM|
|014dcosta||im doing a searching about this car to make a die casting model, and e need more photos and sizes!|
|01-16-2014 06:36 AM|
|2000 touring sp||
what's the purpose for more photos.
Those photos I gave in. Gives the best impression of the design of the car
|01-16-2014 03:53 AM|
|014dcosta||thank you! I apreciate the informations, it was very good, but I need more photos. On the internet it will be difficult to find, right?|
|01-16-2014 01:34 AM|
|2000 touring sp||
Here are some of the lost pictures.
HereIndeed it a very special design.
Way ahead of its time
|01-16-2014 12:04 AM|
Originally Posted by Ital_Nut View Post
Some links to other sites are not working because those sites have changed over time. Sometimes, you can find these pages using the Wayback Machine at Archive.org.
|01-15-2014 08:10 PM|
Hmmm, this thread got resurrected!
All the links and images are dead.
Here is something on the web: Cars I Could've, Should've, Kept: Memoir of a Life Restoring Classic Sports Cars - Jackson Brooks - Google Books
Go to page 30.
|01-15-2014 05:06 PM|
someone have photos of this car? i have been researching for this car and i need some (a lot, realy) of this car. on the web dont have many photos
|12-07-2006 11:51 AM|
De Mola's relative
I am the grandson of Umberto De Mola, son of his only daugther Myriam De Mola. I have many pictures of my grandfather's cars, and I still own a car he built which is in a museum in Belgium.
I would like to know more about his achievements and I have unique archives, papers, pictures etc that I can scan...
|10-23-2005 10:13 AM|
|dretceterini||I have no idea what the yellow and black car actually is, as the 6c2500SS (Tipo 256) with 8c2900A style coachwork, owned by Larry Frye, was red and black when I saw it and it won best in show at Concorso Italiano in 1998. It appears to have been still red and black at the Paolo Alto (California) concours in 2002 (photo link above)|
|10-23-2005 04:50 AM|
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
|10-23-2005 04:01 AM|
|2000 touring sp||Here it is in Black Yellow version. To me it is strange that it is connected to De Mola. usually the is no smoke without a fire.|
|10-23-2005 03:39 AM|
Originally Posted by dretceterini
I'm afraid I've been misuderstood about the Zagato replica. I meant that the 6C1750 chassis, instead of being used to power the Di Mola car, had its own life with a replica Zagato body, i.e. the typical 6C1750 Gran Sport type. Again not related to the red/black Touring 6C2500.
As for De Mola (please keep the name correctly spelled). This should be the only Alfa they happened to cloth. No surprise, Alfa chassis were not common in Belgium late 30s early 40s! And their owner, for the cost of such car, more probably has them bodied/rebodied by well known signatures. De Mola's Alfa design is dated 1940-41, which is even more astonishing than if it were post-war.
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