In keeping with recent Mille Miglia theme on my posts, the Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM has a strong relationship with the Mille Miglia. An Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM, similar to the car shown in this post, was driven to a second place finish in the Mille Miglia by Juan Manuel Fangio in 1953. And this actual car competed in the 1953 Mille Miglia.
Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM
The Alfa Romeo 6C cars date way back into the late 1920s with cars like the 6C 1750. The 6C 3000 CM was the last in this direct line of cars built to compete in road races of that time such as the Mille Miglia and Le Mans. The 6C 3000 CM (Competizione Maggiorata) initially began as essentially a 6C 2500 with a 3.0 litre engine in 1950 known as a 6C 3000. By 1952 the Competizione Maggiorata (CM), which was built for racing, appeared with an even larger 3.5 litre engine. For some reason, Alfa Romeo did not rename the car the 6C 3500, but added the suffix “maggiorata” for increased engine.
The Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM had an inline dual overhead camshafts, 6-cylinder engine with two valves per cylinder fed by six Weber carburetors. The engine produced about 275 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. The 6C 3000 CM was capable of speeds up to 153 miles per hour.
Tastes in car designs vary from person to person, but to me the Alfa Romeo 6C looks much better from the front than from the rear. It just seems a little bulbous to me from back. Perhaps it was the influence of some early efforts at being aerodynamic.
Juan Manuel Fangio Drove An Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM In The 1953 Mille Miglia
In 1953 Alfa Romeo entered three 6C 3000 CM cars in the Mille Miglia. They were driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, Karl Kling, and Consalvo Sanesi. The 6C 3000 CM shown in this post was the car driven by Sanesi. Sanesi was the lesser known of the three drivers, but he was a very competent Alfa Romeo test driver who was very capable of driving a car very fast.
Juan Manuel Fangio In The Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM
Fangio was in the lead at Florence when he noticed that only the right-front wheel was responding to the steering wheel! Fangio carried on, going up to 100 miles per hour on straight sections, but he had to slow considerably to get around the corners in the Appenines. He was eventually passed by Marzotto in a Ferrari and Fangio ultimately finished second. A great drive by Fangio and yet another apparent case of the fastest car not winning the race.
The interior of the car clearly shows that this car was built for racing.
The Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Is All Business
Alfa Romeo built some fast cars in the late 1930s to the early 1950s to compete in sports car racing and the 6C 3000 CM was one of them. In open wheel racing, Fangio won the World Championship driving an Alfa Romeo in 1951 when Alfa Romeo withdrew from Grand Prix racing.