Mille Miglia eligible and former Pebble Beach entrant
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Sprint Series 2 Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring
Chassis no. AR1900C 01880
Engine no. AR 1308 00894
An immensely influential design, the Touring-bodied Alfa Romeo 1900C Sprint was designed to offer family-sized accommodation in a two-door sports coupé format and its heart-shaped vertical grille with flanking horizontal intakes would become a trademark on later Alfas.
Chassis number '01880' is a Series 2 Sprint that has been upgraded with the later five-speed gearbox as fitted to the Super Sprint. This particular car carries Carrozzeria Touring's attractive five-window coupé coachwork and was supplied new to one Edward Milano of Daly City, California in 1955. In 1962 the Alfa passed to its second owner, in Orinda, California, who sold it to the third owner, Ken Shaff of Moraga, California in 1989. Following Mr Shaff there were two more owners before the current vendor.
'01880' was comprehensively restored to exceptionally high standards in the late 1990s, and has seen relatively little use since. The Alfa was accident free and fundamentally sound prior to the restoration, which involved completely disassembling the car and treating it to a full mechanical and cosmetic bare-metal rebuild. Paintwork was entrusted to Rob Etcheverry and Don Nichol while the power train, running gear and all other mechanicals were fully overhauled by Conrad Stevenson, plus some engine work by Sammy Hale. The car was refinished in Azzurro-Verde Metalizzato and Blu Cobalto, while the Wilton-carpeted interior was re-trimmed to show standard by Ken Niminic using the original as a pattern. All chrome and nickel plating was likewise carried out to show standards and new rubber seals fitted throughout. The Borrani wire wheels were restored and re-chromed, fitted with new spokes and shod with correct Michelin X tyres.
Following its completion, the Alfa was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1999 and at the Palo Alto Concours in 2001 and 2002 where it placed 1st and 2nd respectively. The car also participated in the California Mille in 2001 and 2002. Dating from the mid-1950s, it is eligible for all the most prestigious historic motor sports events.
Representing a wonderful opportunity to acquire a fully restored example of this stylish and elegant post-war Alfa Romeo model, '01880' comes complete with jack and wheel hammer and is offered with recent (2011-2013) invoices, old US title deed, FIVA Identity Card and is EU duty paid.