1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Turismo Compressore Series V by Touring

The GTC, or 6C 1750 Gran Turismo Compressore Series V, was developed as an elegant, supercharged grand tourer in the 1930s, featuring a detuned version of the powerful 6C Gran Sport’s 1,752-cubic-centimeter supercharged engine, making a claimed 80 horsepower. The car had a streamlined, long-wheelbase chassis suited for refined saloon bodies, with improved running gear including semi-elliptic springs, adjustable shock absorbers, larger brakes, and axles and a gearbox derived from the 8C.

The GTC was not as sporty as a true sports racer, but it was still highly competent, with two lightweight competition variants competing in the 1932 Mille Miglia. The car was sold to well-heeled customers who carefully chose bodies for the chassis from top coachbuilders.

The example featured here appears to be one of only 66 GTCs produced in 1931, with a sleek Coupé Royal body by Carrozzeria Touring, showcasing nascent aerodynamic principles, evident in the streamlined fenders, unusually domed roof, and sloping trunk. The coachbuilder nicknamed its Coupé Royal body style “Fugientem Incurro Diem,” roughly translated from Latin to mean “And the time flies.”

Source: RM Sotheby’s