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This car is the third of the 3rd series car to be built. The car was sold in April 1929 along with 871, 873 and 874 to the British importer Stiles and were raced by him in the 1929 season in the UK. I attach some period pictures and a short history. By 1937 it had acquired a 4 seater Carlton Carriage lightweight body from a 1929 1750 SS which was a requirement for 1750 class racing in the UK at that time. It still has that original body and some mechanical modifications (SU pumps and carburators as opposed to Autovac and Meminis).
Just to clarify that my previous post referred to 312872. I also attach a few current pictures (#12) from the Mittiche in Bassano
 

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6C0312900 or 6C0312906 under the identity of ???

I have edited my posting #27 (describing confusions surrounding chassis "6C0312900") due to new confusions and probable inaccuracies describing that car in some current marketing efforts. Most important to me is that I have been reported to have supplied early ownership "history" that I did not supply!
 

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0312922

6C0312922 was registered 5 March 1930 to Principessa ("Princess") Ferdinanda Colonna. She drew considerable attention when she raced the Mille Miglia shortly afterwards. Unfortunately, she failed to finish. The car was sold or traded back to Alfa Romeo the following year and I have no further record.
 

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0312925

6C0312925 was sold 9 October 1929 to Leandro Arpinati, a political buddy of Benito Mussolini. A 1931 photo caption shows "S.E. Arpinati" in his home town of Bologna with another Alfa 6C. "S.E." is an honorific title. "Suprema (or "Supremo") Eccellenza" = Supreme Excellency ... apparently without requiring royal heritage. The car was sold August 1930 to Luigi Basso who raced it on the Pontedecimo-Giovi hill-climb later that month. Sold again 6 May 1931 to Mario Gargani who ran it in at least one regularity trial.
 

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0312926

6C0312926 was sold May 1929 to Bernardo Martini of Empoli and the car went through a dozen additional owners ... until ... the latest historical note dates from 1950 when some duplicate paperwork was requested.
 

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0312929

6C0312929 is shown in a photograph in the book "Alfa Romeo Argentina". The body had been modernized by that time, rather along the lines of an 8C2900 wanna-be. The engine was reported to be in the UK as of 1994 and a car was said to be under restoration in Argentina as of the 1980's.
 

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0312930

6C0312930 exists as an engine fitted to a car that claims to be "6C0312955" ("body by Zagato") and there was a claim made that the engine is original to the chassis. That claim seemed unlikely even before we knew that the original car known as "6C0312955" (James Young body) still exists with its original 0312955 engine ... in the UK for many years. Since it has been known that identities sometimes follow engines rather than chassis, I suppose we should check the chassis under the engine 6C0312955 just to be certain that there was no swap in this case?
 

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0312931

6C0312931 first appears in my notes around 1961 (in the UK) when it was reported that a Ford V8 engine had been fitted and then removed at some prior time. The car was fitted with engine 6C121215071 during the 1960's.

I saw 6C0312931 at Silverstone in 1987 but did not inspect it closely at all.
 

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0312932

6C0312932 was first sold 31 May 1929 to Italo Balbo and registered in Roma. Another political ally of Mussolini, he is even easier to study than Leandro Arpinati ... see 0312925 above. 0312932 was sold or traded back to Alfa Romeo officially on 27 May 1931 but this may have been a legal ruse so that a sale could be made through Umberto Klinger on to another owner. Four additional owners enjoyed it until the car was "requisitioned" 14 January 1943 by Italian military authorities in Bologna. So far, there is no further trace.
 

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0312933

6C0312933 is unknown to me, but I did receive an information request a few years ago.
 

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0312935

6C0312935 is not known today, so far as I know, but I do have some leads that may reveal some early history.
 

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0312940

6C0312940 was sold June 1929 to Massimo Brigatti and then during 1934 on to Giuseppe Fantacci in Firenze. The car was purchased 1936 by Ralph Stein "from a wildly enthusiastic young Italian whose father had just sent him a new supercharged Alfa Romeo 2.3 from Italy". The body had been modernized or changed to a more modern form. During 1945, Stein sold the car and it went through at least three additional owners in the USA before it was sold to Holland. It seems a new Zagato-style body was made that may resemble the original more closely? The body is badged as if it is by "La Sport" ... which did do some Zagato-style bodies.
 

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0312941

6C0312941 ... the crankcase to this engine is taking the place of engine 6C8613248. Nothing more is known to me.
 

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0312944

6C0312944 was sold 1929 to Luigi Amadei of Mirandola and then again during August 1930 to Aldo Finzi of Roma. Additional research can be done.

Chassis number "0312944" was reported to be at Alfa Romeo quite some time ago but it seems likely that the number reference was in error. See "0312945" or "0312975"?
 

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0312945

6C0312945 was reported to be at Alfa Romeo in a listing published 1968. That reference may belong to 6C0312975 instead?

A "parts car, maybe no frame" numbered 6C0312945 was offered 1957 by Bart Loyens to a USA customer. Engine parts were in the USA as of 1981.
 

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0312948

6C0312948 was located in the USA for quite some time before it was sold 1972 to Italy where it was last reported to be undergoing restoration "shortly".
 

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0312949

6C0312949 was located in the UK during the 1950's and 1960's. I have no recent news.

It is possible that a car numbered "0312949" on display 1995 at Padova is the same car? That car had a Milano plate number issued 1965 when reports indicated that the car was still in the UK at that time. This car was offered 2016/2017 out of Germany accompanied by historical claims that seem a bit unlikely based on reports about the car listed above.

Perhaps this is a simple mystery?
 

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0312950

6C0312950 may offer us additional mysteries?

"0312950" is said to appear on UK documents (of 1950) accompanying a car that has been known for years as "6C0312951" but which is sitting on a chassis numbered either "6C0312900" or "6C0312906" depending on whose eyes are reporting. Photos tell us the frame number (left front dumb-iron) is 0332950 but this number has also been reported incorrectly in the past. Papers accompany this car that describe UK history back to 1936 and which infer that the engine had been damaged previously in Abyssinia (Ethiopia). That it is a genuine Alfa Romeo car (despite changes made historically and more recently) is undisputed. However, I no longer know what to call this example.

A car numbered "6C0312950" (James Young body) was said to have been "sold 1968-circa from the USA to Italy" in claims made accompanying that car's offering of 2017. I have no reason to doubt the car's provenance but have seen no documentation to support it.
 

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0312951

Early history for 6C0312951 has recently been revealed by Corrado Bellabarba based on photos he located and studied showing the car racing (and posing) in Poland. The body may be by Zagato but might be from another coachbuilder as it is not completely "typical" of Zagato. Corrado's research shows the car was first sold 6 August 1929 to T. Skolimowsky and photos show it was taken to Poland. After that ... ???

See notes under "0312950" above as well as either 0312900 or 0312906
 
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