A unique 1960 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Pininfarina Superflow IV will make its British concours debut at Salon Privé from 31 August-2 September, where it will contest the Curvaceous Coupés class.
The one-of-a-kind Alfa Romeo began life as one of eight works 6C 3000s built in 1953, one of which finished second at that year’s Mille Miglia at the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio. One of the cars was sent to coach builder Boano and made its way into the possession of Argentine President Juan Peron, with chassis 00128 – which later became the Superflow IV – heading for Pininfarina.
The Italian carrozzeria rebodied the car making extensive use of Plexiglas, unveiling the prototype – dubbed the Superflow – at the 1956 Turin Motor Show. The car then evolved into the Superflow II, which featured a sharper nose and a colour change from white to red. By 1959, the third iteration of the series – the Spyder Super Sport – was born. The open-roofed car was shown at the 1959 Geneva Motor Show.
Just one year later, Pininfarina revealed the final revision, which included many of the best design cues of the previous prototypes, including the striking use of Plexiglas – this time employed to create the domed roof and headlight covers. The Superflow IV’s most notable feature is that it can be used as either a coupe or roadster, thanks to roof panels which could slide down and underneath the rear window.
“For Salon Privé to be chosen as the first concours event in the UK for this illustrious and influential car to be shown is a huge honour,” said event director Andrew Bagley. “One of the most important Alfa Romeos of its era, and a large part of the marque and Pininfarina’s history, I am sure that it will attract the attention of enthusiasts from all over the world.”