Revered and rare Alfa Romeo wins prestigious show award

The stunning Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM (Competizione Maggiorata) Pininfarina Superflow IV with trophies won at the Salon ...
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The stunning Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM (Competizione Maggiorata) Pininfarina Superflow IV with trophies won at the Salon Prive Concours d'Elegance at Blenheim Palace in the UK.

A 57-year-old one-off "space age" Alfa Romeo has driven away with top honours a prestigious car show in the UK.

The only Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM (Competizione Maggiorata) Pininfarina Superflow IV ever made won three awards at the Salon Prive Concours d'Elegance event at Blenheim Palace near Oxford, including best in show and best "curvaceous coupe".

In the design world of automobiles, the now US-owned car is revered. 

Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM (Competizione Maggiorata) Pininfarina Superflow IV.
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Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM (Competizione Maggiorata) Pininfarina Superflow IV.

"This historically important Alfa Romeo started off life as a race car, driven by none other than Juan Manuel Fangio, taking second place in the 1953 Mille Miglia," said concours chairman Andrew Bagley.

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The stunning Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM (Competizione Maggiorata) Pininfarina Superflow IV.
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The stunning Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM (Competizione Maggiorata) Pininfarina Superflow IV.

"The Superflow wowed the judges from the off."

After the Fangio experience, the car - one of only eight works editions built - became a mule for Pininfarina and was modified four times through until 1960 when it became the Superflow IV with its Plexi roof."

The first iteration, known as the Superflow, was launched at the 1956 Turin Motor Show. Plexiglass was a fundamental part of the car's original design and overall appearance: the front wheels were covered in the material, doubling up as headlight covers, and the hinged "gullwing" sections on the roof were also made from Plexiglass.

Evolving to Superflow II and repainted from its original colour of white with a black stripe to striking red with a white stripe, Pininfarina's styling evolved to include a sharper nose made from steel and all Plexiglass apart from the headlight covers, which were removed.

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In 1959 at the Geneva Motor Show, the third design was shown and dubbed the Spyder Super Sport or Superflow III. It featured an open roof, but without the original nose and the headlight covers, which were removed.

Fast forward to 1960, the car's fourth and final design was displayed at the 1960 Geneva Motor Show. The Coupe Super Sport Speciale or Superflow IV was an amalgamation of all the best features of its previous versions. Returning for the Superflow IV was the use of Plexiglass, this time on the domed "space age" roof as well as the headlight covers. The car could be used as a Coupe and a Spyder, thanks to the fact that the panels were not hinged but could slide down and back underneath the rear window.

The car's story is seen as a timeline of design and influences of the 50s and 60s.

Class winners at the show were:

AUTOMOBILES

Best of Show

Winner: 1960 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Pininfarina Superflow IV

Runner-up: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

People's Choice

1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 'Daytona' Spider

Graceful Pre-War Motoring

Winner: 1939 Horch 853A Sport Cabriolet

Runner-up: 1936 Lagonda LG45

50s and 60s Curvaceous Coupes

Winner: 1960 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Pininfarina Superflow IV

Runner-up: 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC

Best of British at Blenheim Palace

Winner: 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Series 1

Runner-up: 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Luxury in Motion; Pre-War Rolls-Royce

Winner: 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental

Runner-up: 1926 Rolls Royce Phantom I

Riviera Cruising

Winner: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

Runner-up: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Evolution of the Supercar Pin-Up

Winner: 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400

Runner-up: 1967 Ford GT40 MKIII

Classic Sports Racers against the Stopwatch – to 1965

Winner: 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra

Runner-up: 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

SPECIAL AWARDS

Most Original Pre-War: 1936 Lagonda LG45

Most Original Post-War: 1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkII

Most Sensitive Restoration: 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC

Most Elegant: 1952 Jaguar XK120 Competition Roadster

Most Iconic: 1957 Porsche 356 A T1 Speedster

Most Exciting Design: 1960 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Pininfarina Superflow IV

Best Interior: 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I

Most Extravagant: 1908 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

Chairman's Award: 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 Shortnose

The Duke of Marlborough's Award: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta TdF

Most Original Pre-War Motorbike: 1931 Sunbeam Model 9

Most Original Post-War Motorbike: 1967 Triumph TR6C

Most OTT Motorbike: 1971 Kawasaki Millyard H1 500LC

MOTORCYCLES

Exceptional Motorbikes 1900 – 1939

Winner: 1903 Royal Sovereign

Runner up: 1933 Brough Superior SS80 Deluxe

Exceptional Motorbikes 1940 – 1976

Winner: 1975 Suzuki T500 Rickman Metisse

Runner up: 1944 Triumph 3HW

Exceptional Competition Motorbikes

Winner: 1975 Ducati 750 SS

Runner up: 1963 Matchless G85CS

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