Mille Miglia: The legendary 1750 GS is returning


5/12/2017 4:00 PM

The historical re-enactment of the Mille Miglia – the race famously defined by Enzo Ferrari as "the most beautiful travelling museum in the world" – will be held from 18 to 21 May 2017. Now in its 35th edition, the event will welcome several rare classic Alfa Romeo from the Historical Museum in Arese. In line with tradition, this old-fashioned race – of which Alfa Romeo is the "Automotive Sponsor" for the third year running – will start and end in Brescia, having crossed some of the most striking locations in Italy, with the turning point in Rome.

6C 1750 Gran Sport (1930)

The 6C 1750 Gran Sport (1930), the 6C 2300 Mille Miglia (1938) and the 1900 Super Sprint (1956) are returning to the legendary roads of the race marked by the red arrow. Three superb cars from the Alfa Romeo Museum  will be travelling the roads where the Mille Miglia was staged from 1927 to 1957. The race was won by Alfa Romeo no less than eleven times: a record that can never be beaten. All eyes will especially be on the 6C 1750 Gran Sport, the legendary model in which Tazio Nuvolari and Giovanni Battista Guidotti won the Brescia-based race in 1930. That was the race of the legendary "overtaking in the dark" episode when Nuvolari achieved the unprecedented feat of averaging 100 km/h over the entire course. The bodywork was created by Milan atelier Zagato, and still draws gasps of admiration from those lucky enough to see it today. 

6C 2300 Coupé Mille Miglia (1938)

The 6C 2300 Coupé Mille Miglia with body made by Touring will be on the start platform in Viale Venezia. The car is similar to the one that came first in its category in the 1937 and fourth in the general ranking following in the steps of the 6C 2300 Pescara first series. The name "Mille Miglia" pays homage to the excellent performance of 1937: first in its category and fourth in the general ranking. Under the bonnet is a 2309 cm3 straight-six capable of delivering 95 HP at 4500 rpm and propelling the vehicle at 170 km/h. The car will be driven by a crew of excellence: Arturo Merzario and Jean-Pierre Jarier. The competitive duo represents the glorious history of Alfa Romeo in motorsports. They took the sport prototypes world championship in 1977 winning all the races on the calendar in their category in an Alfa Romeo 33 SC 12.

1900 Super Sprint (1956)

According to the consolidated 1900 family tradition, the Sprint was replaced by the Super Sprint in 1955: it was similar to the previous model but with a new snappier five-speed gearbox. It had the same mechanics as the Berlina T. I. Super, namely 1975 cm3 displacement, double-barrel inverted carburettor and double rear CV joint. The second version of 1956 which competed in the Mille Miglia delivered 115 HP at 5500 rpm and reached a remarkable top speed of 190 km/h.

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