1924 Alfa Romeo RM Torpedo Sports 'Short Chassis'

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1924 Alfa Romeo RM Torpedo Sports 'Short Chassis'

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  • Chassis Number: 12135
  • Engine Number: 12239
  • Rare, early Alfa
  • Fantastic restoration project 
  • Desirable short chassis sports variant

 

 

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In 1920 Alfa Romeo’s then head designer, Merosi, began work on a new model for the company that would become known as the RL.  It had a 3 litre, six cylinder, overhead valve engine with a four speed gearbox and live rear suspension – all of which put it at the forefront of design.  Producing 56hp, it was a lively drive and became very popular resulting in Alfa selling a total of 2640 cars.

In 1923 in light of the RL’s success, Alfa Romeo produced a smaller displacement model based on the RL – this was called the RM and was similar to its predecessor but powered by a 1944cc, four cylinder engine generating 40hp.  Three different versions of the RM were offered for each year of production: the 1923 Normal, 1924 Sport and 1925 Unificato. For the Sport model they raised the compression ratio giving it higher power output of 44hp and a cruising speed of 56mph.  A total of around 500 RMs were produced over the 3 years of manufacture, many of which were raced including the 1923 Coppa delle Alpi.

The RM we offer here is an exceptionally rare and desirable, 1924, Short Chassis, Sports Model.  Sadly, little is known of the car’s early history apart from the fact that it was registered in Italy as an agricultural vehicle during the 1950s!  The car was found in 1972 with a 1950s Alfa Romeo 1900 engine installed and a restoration was started in the 1980s - the body was removed and the chassis repaired as required, the steering box was overhauled and the differential and half shafts were restored.  Only a few years ago an original RM engine and gearbox was acquired and installed into the car.  This car is now in a wonderful position to start a restoration - it has much of its original body, including the doors and even the leather door panels, some original instruments, a correct type magneto, lights, etc.

This will surely be one of the rarest and most interesting Alfas in the world when finished and a fabulous machine that will, I’m sure, be very welcome at all VSCC events.  Please call if you have any questions and viewings are most welcome by appointment.