1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS 3e Serie  Chassis no. AR 1900 10140 Engine no. 1308 10159
Lot 41
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C 3rd Series Super Sprint Coupé Chassis no. AR1900C 10140 Engine no. 1308.10159
€110,000 - 150,000
US$ 150,000 - 210,000
Lot Details
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C 3rd Series Super Sprint Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring

Chassis no. AR1900C 10140
Engine no. 1308.10159
Alfa Romeo's first all-new offering of the post-war period arrived in 1950. Designed by Dr Orazio Satta Puliga and intended for volume production, the 1900 was the first Alfa to employ unitary construction and - in keeping with the company's sporting heritage - was powered by a twin-overhead-camshaft engine. It should have surprised nobody therefore, when the 1900's potential was realised in the form of two high performance derivatives.

Launched in 1951, the 1900C Sprint featured bodywork by Pinin Farina (cabriolet) and Touring (coupé), both models utilising the 100bhp engine of the 1900TI sports saloon. The Touring-bodied Sprint Coupé attracted such public acclaim that it was subsequently adopted as the basis for all future 'aerodynamic' Alfa Romeo coupés.

The Sprint Coupé was designed to offer sporting performance together with '2+2' accommodation - guaranteed to appeal to the sports car enthusiast with a family - while the heart-shaped vertical grille with matched horizontal side intakes became an Alfa trademark on later models. In June 1954 the engine was enlarged to 1,975cc and the model re-designated as the 'Super Sprint'. With 115bhp on tap and possessing an excellent power-to-weight ratio courtesy of the aluminium-alloy body, these cars could top 195km/h. They shone in competitions of all kinds. A total of 949 Sprints and 854 Super Sprints had been made by the time production ceased.

Carrying Touring body number '4695', this beautiful 1900 Super Sprint is finished in Rosso Matador with dark blue interior featuring period Recaro seats. An older restoration dating from the early 1980s, this Italian registered car was acquired by the current owner in 1986 and is described as in good working order. It has featured in various classic car magazines including the German Motor Klassik (cover story in the October 1987 edition) and Ruote Classiche in 1988 (both issues on file). The Alfa has formed part of a small private collection in Northern Italy since 1986 and comes with sundry invoices from that period. The engine rebuild carried out at that time was supervised by Mr Dagrada, the bodywork having been restored in the 1980s by Carrozzeria Galbiati. It should be noted that the gearbox (an Alfa Romeo 2000 unit) is not original to the car. The accompanying Italian Estratto Cronologico lists a certain Commendatore Enzo Brizzi of Bolzano in Northern Italy as the first registered owner and records the current engine number.

Mille Miglia eligible, this beautiful coachbuilt Alfa Romeo is offered with Italian libretto, old FIA file papers (1986), old ASI certificate and FIVA identity card from 2001.

Habillée d'une carrosserie Touring
(n° 4695), cette magnifique 1900 Super Sprint est de couleur Rosso Matador avec intérieur bleu foncé doté de sièges Recaro d'époque. Restaurée au début des années 1980, cette voiture immatriculée en Italie du Nord a été acquise par le vendeur actuel en 1986.

Elle est décrite comme étant en bon état de fonctionnement. Elle a figuré dans divers magazines de voitures de collection dont Motor Klassik en Allemagne (couverture du n° d'octobre 1987) et Ruote Classiche en 1988 (exemplaires tous deux joints au dossier).

L'Alfa qui a fait partie d'une collection privée en Italie du nord depuis 1986 est accompagnée des factures des travaux réalisés à l'époque. La réfection du moteur a été supervisée par M. Dagrada, la carrosserie ayant été restaurée dans les années 1980 par Carrozzeria Galbiati. On notera que la boîte de vitesses (provenant d'une Alfa Romeo 2000) n'est pas d'origine. Le document italien Estratto Cronologico mentionne un certain Commendatore Enzo Brizzi de Bolzano en Italie du nord comme premier propriétaire et le numéro du moteur actuel.

Éligible à la Mille Miglia, cette très belle Alfa Romeo signée Touring est offerte avec son libretto italien, ses anciens documents FIA (1986), un ancien certificat de l'ASI et sa carte d'identité FIVA de 2001.

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