At the recent 2012 Concorso di Eleganza in Villa d'Este, Italy, Alfa Romeo was the recipient of four prizes for its 4C concept car and a 1933 6C 1750 GS.
In celebrating the world's finest historic vehicles, The Best of Show at Concorso d'Eleganza is awarded by a jury, and another prize is voted for by the public. The Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS won both these as well as the Coppa d'Oro in a separate vote by Villa d'Este.
The car on display is an especially rare coupé designed by the Figoni coachbuilders and presented for the first time in Paris in 1933. The car went on to take awards at several concorsi d'eleganza and a lightweight version of the car won its class at the 1935 Le Mans 24 hour race.
Between 1929 and 1933, Alfa Romeo produced a series of sports cars for use on the road and in competition, specifically the 1750 6C, where 6C referred to the six-cylinder in-line 1752cc engine.
Originally developed by designer Vittorio Jano, the 1750 6C was presented in Rome in 1929, and over the following four years it was updated and improved, with six successive series. Most of the vehicles produced were sold as a complete chassis and outfitted by specialist firms, predominantly with open two-seat bodies.
The modern Alfa Romeo 4C was awarded the Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes by a public vote at Villa d'Este. A development from the company’s experience with the 8C Competizione and 8C Spider (which shares its RWD layout), the 4C represents performance, style and technical excellence.