Apr 2, 2015

Historic Barn-Found Car: The ‘Mussolini’s Mistress’ Alfa Romeo

It seems that nearly every week, someone finds a classic car in a barn, garage or some other out-of-sight place. Recent finds include a rare Ferrari discovered under a pile of magazines in a barn in France, a 1969 Lamborghini Miura S left in an underground parking garage for three decades, and 60 classic cars left to rot for four decades on an estate in western France.

The 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 Sport Berlinetta, given by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini to his mistress Claretta Petacci.
The 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 Sport Berlinetta, given by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini to his mistress Claretta Petacci.

Although the above “barn finds” were high-end cars owned by rich collectors, most rediscovered classic cars are more modest: an old Chevy left in a garage by great-grandpa; a Packard stored in a farmer’s barn, or a Corvette left in a boat house. If these cars could talk, they would all have stories to tell about their owners, drivers and admirers.

But only one car can tell a story about a toppled regime, hurried escape, capture, execution, decades of oblivion, rediscovery and restoration: the 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 Sport Berlinetta, given by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini to his mistress Claretta Petacci. Read More

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