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The name Knute Kolmann (if that's the correct spelling) was well-known in Fiat 8V circles in the USA, I believe. I'm not sure he's with us any more, though.
 

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chassis 915766 engine 928072 SuperSport cabriolet Pininfarina #__0228
19.4.49 "approntamento del telaio"
31.10.50 origine
4.12.50 Prince Aly Kahn – Como (for Rita Hayworth)
CO30xxx
Interesting information! But why did the newsreel car have Trento (TN) plates and the later "Anselmi car" have Como (CO) plates when Aly Khan lived in France? The newsreel was shot at his French riviera villa. Perhaps the newsreel car was a showpiece on loan just for the press outing May 5 1949?

Were every 6C2500 made to order at that time? This makes sense (I think) since the "preparation of the chassis" on the Anselmi car was a month before the wedding. Quite amazing that they spent 20 months building it.

In any case, here's a scrap from Hemmings Magazine May 2004, page 63. Apparently Knute Kolmann took part in Concorso Italiano at Monterey that year with a 1947 6C2500 SS cab. Did he own several specimens?

 

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Each 6c was custom built to the owners requests. Alfa Romeo offered the chassis in Sport and Super Sport. The chassis was then shipped to the coach builder where they contacted owner for body, colors, interiors etc. If someone had the cash they could custom order a body built just for them. Remember we are talking hand labor building. Nothing was really stock piled but there were stock bodies offered, hence that is why we see a lot of the same bodies. Wood bucks were built and parts hand pounded with hammers to fit, finished and installed on the chassis. My 6c2500 SS Touring 3 window was aluminum. with a bondo like material over it to smooth the rough finish of the body. That stuff was like iron, and hard to get off. The cost equivalent would be like ...well I don't know to something comparable today.
 

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Your questions are legitimate, but it is difficult to answer.
Maybe the car in the newsreel was a friend of the Prince. Maybe she drove and fell in love with it. She first driving a Lincoln...
The order of a chassis was made by coach builder himself.
The customer chose models from the catalog or decide to make a car
completely original. A 6C Spyder might cost about $ 5000 (3.000.000 lire) change in 1950. An italian worker earned 25.000 lire a month.
The 1947 6C you posted should be the No. 915.568.
 

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I didn't notice Coy's auctioned last May in Montecarlo the #915766 ex-Alì Khan's car (unsold). The catalogue reports: 1953 #915766. Actually we know the Hayworth's car is the 1951 #915871. Is it a mistake or someone wants to add more fog on the mistery?
 

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I didn't notice Coy's auctioned last May in Montecarlo the #915766 ex-Alì Khan's car (unsold). The catalogue reports: 1953 #915766. Actually we know the Hayworth's car is the 1951 #915871. Is it a mistake or someone wants to add more fog on the mistery?

I thought that the Rita Hayworth car was at Dyro in the south bay area of Los Angeles about 15-20 years ago..don't remember who the actual owner was
 

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I can't read the number on the TN plate...but Trento, in 1949 had issued only about 15000 plates; so, if the plate is 74... or 34... it's impossible that the picture was taken before 1955 or later. Can this help a correct identification?
 

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Greetings PG1964,
TN 34525 is a plate issued around 1959-60, not before, so it couldn't be on the car in 1949. Perhaps that plate may have been applied on the car only for the movie, as sometimes happened. The numbers with Como (30...) and Varese (36...) codes are fitting with the dates (1950 and 1953). Do you have the complete numbers?
Bye, Fabrizio
 

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That's really strange.
The French movietone talks about the car as a wedding gift and we know Rita divorced in 1953, so both the dates don't match with the plate....i'm still puzzled.
 

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Rita and her car...

From the Women & Alfas thread...
 

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915871/928182

Greetings: The history for this car:
15.04.50 - ? Goffredo Zehender - Milano per Anselmi book
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08.03.57 - 12.08.69 Robert L. Allinger - Saratoga,California,USA
12.08.69 - 11.01.10 Wayne Williams - Moreno Valley,CA
11.01.10 - present Lawrence Zinkin - Green Valley,CA

The styling of the front of this car seems to be unique to this Pininfarina cabriolet super sport and one other. Zehender was the first listed owner (dealer?)of 3? 6Cs. Count Goffredo "Freddie" Zehender was a racer who formed Gruppo Inter with Count Bruno Sturzi and Prince Igor Troubetzkoy to race the first Ferraris. The car is with me in Green Valley (Fairfield,CA). History is not known from 1950 to 1957, but the story is Allinger bought the car from a US military officer in California who bought the car in the south of France. The car has not run since 1970, possibly earlier. Now, some parts were lost: timing chain tensioner most important amoung them.
 

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Re-reading the previous posts you understand that the car
was bought in Italy, its plate is Trento (seeing the movie).
The cases are two: it was bought used, or has been bought new and then the dealer, or some friend of the prince, did the license plate and export it as used car to pay less taxes.
I've done a little investigation: the marriage was celebrated on May 27 1949 so, by reasoning logically, the car should have been built before that date.
Last 6C 2500 produced and delivered in 1949, in November, is the No.915.779. The Rita's car should be earlier. However we do not know when the car was donated to her precisely. In fact, according Anselmi's book, the Rita's car is the No. 915.776. These are the data:

chassis 915766 engine 928072 SuperSport cabriolet Pininfarina #__0228
19.4.49 "approntamento del telaio"
31.10.50 origine
4.12.50 Prince Aly Kahn – Como (for Rita Hayworth)
CO30xxx
1953 Srl Weaver Gildo Guenzain
VA36xxx
Umberto Torretta
1956 Michele Vernola – Milano (dealer)
Paul Forbes – CA, USA
Phelps Hobart
4/1991 Knute Kolmann - CA, USA
RF suspension unit # S.S.964.897.0
Claudio Ferioli – Italy

I hope i was helpful.
Regards.
FYI, #915766 currently seems to for sale in the showroom of Maranello Puro Sangue in Italy, see here.

The sales text reads:
"6C" was the term used for various Alfa Romeo models made from 1925 to slightly after 1950; the “6” refers to the number of cylinders per engine. The 6C 2500 model was introduced after the 2300 series, which was the last to be produced before World War II broke out. Production recommenced in the postwar period and continued until the early 1950’s. The 2500 model was mounted on short and long wheelbases by a number of coachbuilders and was proposed in different versions – sedans, coupés, convertibles and other custom-built bodies with either less powerful single-carburetor engines or more powerful triple-carburetor engines. The 2500 model is famous for its many sports victories and for having appeared in Concours d’Élegance such as the one in Villa d’Este.

The car for sale here is an Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet Pininfarina with chassis number 915766. This model began to be built in April 1949 and was delivered in December 1950 to famous Prince Aly Khan, who married the American actress Rita Hayworth. The car has undergone a full restoration. The engine – number 928072 – is the original one. The body is painted pastel black, while the interiors and hood are red in color and ready to be admired on the runways of the leading international concours d’élégance.
 

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Thank you Pévé. It could be TO, but not 94. Turin arrived at the number 100000 in early '60. Maybe the first number is 3....
 

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Thank you Pévé. It could be TO, but not 94. Turin arrived at the number 100000 in early '60. Maybe the first number is 3....
PG1964, It's not possible ! For example, the registration of Ada Pace's Giulietta SVA is TO205398 in may 1956.

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