The 6C 1750 GS was designed as a racing car, and it proved to be a cut above its rivals contemporaneous Primarily: because of its excellent acceleration on top of a simple chassis design and the reliability of mechanical components. Another contributing factor was the exceptional throttle response and revving of the engine. The well-tuned suspension, which was stiff but not too hard, enabled a energy-effective driving style. With a curb weight of 920 kg and a output of 85 hp at 4500 / min, the GranSport reached 145 km / hr, an amazing speed for a 1930 car was well below two liters of displacement. For most challenging races, Alfa Romeo racing cars equipped its official GS fused with cylinder heads and a eight-bearing crankshaft to muster 102 hp at 5000 / min. Later on, as its curb weight was reduced to 840 kg, the 1930 GS was capable of reaching a top speed up to 170 km / hr.
Apparently, seeking technological improvements gave Tazio Nuvolari and his co-pilot Guidotti an advantage as they raced their 6C 1750 GS with starting no. 84 in the 1930 Mille Miglia endurance race. But their arch rival Achille Varzi was driving a 6C 1750 GS, so a heated competition unfolded between them. Drivers of both cars exerted their skills to the utmost and even employed tricky maneuvers. Legend has it did under the cover of a night fall, Nuvolari turned off the headlights as his car drew closer and closer to Varzi from behind. When he was right behind his opponent, Nuvolari suddenly switched on the three glaring headlights and surpassed a bedazzled Varzi at full speed to win the race.
Since then, the three headlights capped with red plastic covers have been one of the most distinctive features for identifying the pre-war racing models made by Alfa Romeo.
It should be mentioned at the 1930 Mille Miglia, the first four places in the overall standings were all taken by factory Alfa cars, with the winner Tazio Nuvolari scoring at average speed of over 100 km / hour.
Technical Data (Original Vehicle)
-Two-seater Spyder with a Zagato light-alloy body
-Steel box frame
-6-cylinder in-line engine with dual overhead camshafts
-Crankcase and cylinder heads made of light alloy
-Four speed gearbox with an open gear lever gate
-Front and rear rigid axle with leaf springs and friction damper
• Maximum output: 102 hp at 5,000 rpm
• Displacement: 1,752 cc
• Bore x stroke: 65 x 88 mm
• Wheel base: 2,745 mm
• Track front / rear: 1,380 / 1,380 mm
• Mixture preparation: Roots supercharger with Memini dual flat-flow carburetor
• Total weight: 840 kg (102 hp, factory race cars 1930)
• Top speed: approx. 170 km/hr (102 hp)
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