If you were an Italian gentleman of the late 1940’s and you would want to order a new Alfa Romeo 6C, you had a wide array of body styles to choose from, as most Italian coachbuilders would provide bodies for this top of the line sports car, in lots of different styles.
But it wasn’t really necessary to see a coachbuilder, Alfa Romeo could fit you up nicely with their own bodywork if that was good enough for you. And boy, was it good enough! The 1946 model of the Alfa Romeo 6C was named the Freccia d’Oro, the Golden Arrow. The beautiful design was from Alfa Romeo’s chief engineer Victor Jano and it was clearly inspired by Tourings designs of that era.
The Freccia d’Oro has the fastback design that became so popular in the postwar era, but Jano has given the car a bit of a humpback, thus creating space for the passengers in the backseat. The car is propelled by a 2,443 cc inline six cylinder with double overhead camshaft and one Weber carburetor. With 90 bhp the car reached a top speed of 155 km/h.
Only 680 examples of the Freccia d’Oro were built from 1946 until 1951. Practically all of them have the steering wheel on the right, a usual configuration in those days. It enabled the Italian driver to get in and out of the car on the pavement side.
The Freccia d’Oro has gained a bit of glamour by appearing in the movie The Godfather I. Sadly the car’s final scene is when it’s blown up, which is not a good thing if you want to create a cult status.
Not a great many Freccia’s have survived until now, and if you want one, you will have to take your time to find the one you want. At the moment there are several being offered on the internet, most of them look fully restored. In that condition, prices are around EUR 250,000 to 300,000. It seems that the Freccia is being regarded as the ‘common’ body style for the 6C, because prices for cars by Touring, Stabilimenti Farina or Pinin Farina are usually higher. So we can safely say that the Freccia d’Oro is the budget-version of the postwar Alfa Romeo 6C-range.