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I am looking for a picture of the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS spider driven by Boninsegni and Dusio in the 1940 Mille Miglia.
The car had number 81 and DNF.

Hope someone can post a picture of this car.

Thank you very much!

Kind regards Orange1521
 

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It would be good to see these cars as well, don't know if 81 would deviate a lot, maybe one of the readers know. Thank you !
 

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"Mille Miglia 1940"

Actually, this racing event was called "Gran Premio Brescia delle Mille Miglia".
Held 28 April 1940

My notes indicate the following:

#76 = 6C2500 chassis 915007 (rebodied to berlinetta from spider)
#79 = 6C2500 chassis 915091
#80 = 6C2500 chassis 915009 (experimental engine with fuel injection)
#81 = 6C2500 ... a good guess would be chassis 915011 ??
#82 = 6C2500 chassis 915092
#83 = 6C2500 ... perhaps chassis 915053 ??
#84 = 6C2500 chassis 915093
#85 = 6C2500 ... a good guess would be chassis 915014 ??
#87 = 6C2300/2500 chassis 815001
Two additional 6C2500 cars were entered but did not start.

Each car seen so far in photographs was highly individual. Some cars were no longer in the same configuration as earlier racing appearances for the same car. Photos can be found of most of these chassis in one configuration or another.

I have not yet noted a photo of #81 on the event. #81 and #83 are the only two participants that seem to be undocumented photographically in mainstream press of the time and more recently in various books. Although there are earlier photos of 915011 in racing use, we should not assume that the car was racing here as #81 even though circumstantial evidence supports the idea. Nor should we assume that it was necessarily in the same configuration on the "Mille Miglia" as on earlier events. Too many changes were made to too many cars! If you are building a model, full-size or not, characteristics from one car really should not be applied to another unless photographs support the idea. Again, it seems that each car was quite individual in their characteristics.

John
 

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MM 1940 Alfa Romeo works training cars

Should be helpful?
Entertaining and interesting ...

... but these cars were not eligible to race in the actual event. This sort of luxury allowed the team to test and train with proven (and probably faster) cars while the actual race cars were being prepared ... and not consumed.

The photo shows two Alfa Romeo 8C2900B cars (ex MM 1938), an Alfa Romeo 412 and another 8C2900B that had also raced successfully for the factory.

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The photo shows two Alfa Romeo 8C2900B cars (ex MM 1938), an Alfa Romeo 412 and another 8C2900B that had also raced successfully for the factory.
Breathtaking. It's hard to imagine what today's value of these cars would be.
 

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Entertaining and interesting ...but these cars were not eligible to race in the actual event. John
Yes John, but i didn't identify the third car in the line....
However, the article from May 1940 L'auto Italiana says: "The Alfa Romeo official team will line up 4 cars equipped with the well known engine 2.5 liter 6 cylinders with 3 carburettors, which won all the sport category races in 1939. Touring made all the bodies: 1 closed car assigned to Boratto and 3 two-seater spiders assigned to Calamai, Dusio and Cornaggia. The Alfas have this competition outfitting: 120-124 CV at 5000 rpm, a weight of 1000-1200 Kg and a 1:3,6 final drive ratio, besides the proverbial road handling and the excellent brakes.
From a technical point of view another interesting Alfa is the 2.5 super sport equipped with the new electro-magnetic injection system by Caproni-Fuscaldo. This car ‘ll be driven by the famous aviator Chiodi."

Now my hypotesis is: because Dusio was an Alfa team driver in that period, i post this pic which shows the second line of the starting grid at the I circuito dell'Impero, Ostia 06/11/1939. The Alfas are: #16 Aldrighetti and #18 Dusio (Alfa team), #12 Cortese (Scuderia ambrosiana).
Im my opinion the #16 and the #18 are two-seaters spiders by Touring and probably they are the same cars enrolled to the 1940 1000 miglia.
 

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