1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 Corto Gara Stradale Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1900C 01420
Lot 114
1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 Corto Gara Stradale Coupé
Sold for € 414,000 (US$ 480,695) inc. premium

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1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 Corto Gara Stradale Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring

Chassis no. AR 1900C 01420
•One of 11 Corto Gara models built
•One of only two surviving Stradale variants
•Fully documented restoration by recognised marque specialists
•Eligible for numerous prestigious historic motoring events

Footnotes

  • Historically significant as the first modern Alfa Romeo, the '1900' arrived in 1950. Alfa Romeo's first all-new offering of the post-war period, it was designed by Dr Orazio Satta Puliga and intended for volume production, unlike the competition cars and hand-built luxury models that preceded it. The 1900 was also the first Alfa Romeo to employ unitary construction and - in keeping with the company's sporting heritage - was powered by a twin-overhead-camshaft engine.

    The example offered here is one of the few coupés built on the Corto (Short) 1900 platform. It is one of 11 Corto Gara (Short, Competition) models built, of which only three were Stradale (road going) versions like this car. Only two of the Stradale models survive (this car and '01361') with '01047' being the sole surviving Corto Gara. All were supplied with an up-rated engine.

    Built exclusively for racing, the lightweight Corto Gara models boasted a split windscreen, Plexiglas rear windows, a special dashboard, and a fixed boot lid, while the bumpers were deleted. There were, of course, numerous more minor differences in addition. The better-equipped Corto Gara Stradale featured tubular bumpers, lightweight door panels, Plexiglas windows, an abbreviated boot lid, and a cockpit air extractor.

    According to the Centro Documentazione Alfa Romeo, '01420' was completed on 22nd July 1953 and originally finished in Grigio/Azzuro (Grey/Blue). The car was delivered new to Tessiture Italiane Seriche SpA of Milan, and subsequently was sold to a Mr Detwiller in Switzerland, who in turn sold it on to Sweden. '01420' was still in Sweden when it was discovered – in 'barn find' condition and minus its original engine – by the well-known German racing driver, Hans Joachim Rossing. Mr Rossing continued to race his other 1900 coupé but left '01420' un-restored.

    While racing he met fellow competitor, Mr Elviro Mario Govoni, who bought '01420' from him in 1989, although the car's restoration did not begin until 1993. Officina Gamberini of Bologna, Italy tuned the engine, which is of period-correct type, while the bodywork was entrusted to Mario Galbiati. It was at Galbiati's workshop that the previous owner first saw the Alfa Romeo and fell in love with it, purchasing the car from Mr Govoni a few months later.

    '01420' remained in France, unfinished, until 2007 when it was sent to Italy for completion by some of the country's foremost specialists, a process that would take the next three years. Walter Giusti's noted firm, Carrozzeria Sport Cars of Modena, completed the bodywork restoration and applied the period-correct dark cobalt blue paint. In addition, all the brightwork was either polished or re-chromed, and new rubber seals used throughout. Restoration of the mechanicals, including the Gamberini-tuned 143bhp engine, was undertaken by Mr Ramenzoni, who also rebuilt the rare and desirable five-speed gearbox with Nardi floor shift. The rest of the transmission and the running gear likewise were restored to as-new condition. The electrics were refurbished by Mr Maurizio Ferrari and the carburettors tuned by Mr Dazzi. Finally, Autofficina Omega of Corrado Patella fine-tuned the chassis and suspension. Invoices on file for maintenance and work carried out on the car since acquisition by the last owner total €22,000.

    Said to run and drive as well as it looks, this ultra-rare Alfa Romeo 1900 Corto Gara Stradale is eligible for many of the most prestigious historic motoring events, including the Mille Miglia Storica.

    Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupé Corto Gara Stradale 1953
    Carrosserie Touring
    Châssis n° AR 1900C 01420

    • Un des 11 modèles Corto Gara construits
    • Une des deux variantes Stradale survivantes
    • Restauration totalement documentée effectuée par des
    spécialistes de la marque
    • Éligible pour la plupart des grands événements automobiles historiques

    Importante du point de vue historique en tant que première Alfa Romeo moderne, la « 1900 » apparut en 1950. La toute nouvelle proposition d'Alfa Romeo pour l'après-guerre, étudiée par le Dr Orazio Satta Puliga, fut conçue pour être produite en grande série contrairement aux types de compétition et aux voitures de luxe construits artisanalement auparavant. La 1900 fut aussi la première Alfa Romeo monocoque, mais héritière d'une longue tradition sportive, elle était aussi propulsée par un moteur à 2 ACT.

    L'exemplaire offert ici est un des rares coupés construits sur la plate-forme 1900 Corto (courte). C'est l'un des 11 modèles Corto Gara (court course) construits dont trois seulement furent des versions Stradale (routière) comme celle-ci. Seuls survivent deux modèles Stradale (cette voiture et « 01361 ») et « 01047 » est la seule Corto Gara survivante. Toutes ces voitures reçurent des moteurs préparés. Construits uniquement pour la compétition, les modèles allégés Corto Gara se distinguaient par un pare-brise en deux parties, des glaces arrière en Plexiglas, une planche de bord spéciale et un couvercle de coffre non ouvrant, les pare-chocs étant supprimés, outre nombre de différences de détail. La Corto Gara Stradale en revanche recevait des pare-chocs tubulaires, des panneaux de porte allégés, des vitrages en Plexiglas, une petite porte de coffre et un extracteur d'air d'habitacle.

    D'après le Centro Documentazione Alfa Romeo, « 01420 » fut achevée le 22 juillet 1953 et peinte initialement en Grigio/Azzure (gris/bleu). La voiture fut livrée neuve à Tessiture Italiana Seriche SpA de Milan et vendue par la suite à M. Detwiller en Suisse qui la revendit en Suède. « 01420 » était encore en Suède quand elle fut découverte – en état « sortie de grange » et privée de son moteur d'origine – par le bien connu pilote allemand Hans Joachim Rossing. M. Rossing continua de piloter son autre coupé 1900 et laissa « 01420 » en attente de restauration.

    En pratiquant la compétition, il rencontra un collègue, M. Elviro Mario Govoni qui lui acheta « 01420 » en 1989. La restauration de la votiure ne commença qu'en 1993. L'Officina Gamberini de Bologne (Italie) prépara le moteur, correct pour la période, tandis que la carrosserie était confiée à Mario Galbiati. C'est dans les ateliers de ce dernier que le précédent propriétaire vit l'Alfa Romeo et s'enthousiasma au point de l'acquérir auprès de M. Govoni quelques mois plus tard.

    « 01420 » demeura en France, inachevée, jusqu'en 2007, date à laquelle elle fut envoyée en Italie pour y être terminée par un des meilleurs spécialistes du pays, un processus qui allait demander trois ans. La firme bien connue de Walter Giusti, Carrozzeria Sport Cars à Modène, acheva la restauration de la carrosserie et appliqua la laque bleu cobalt correcte pour l'époque. En plus, tous les ornements brillants furent repolis ou rechromés et tous les joints de carrosserie furent remplacés. La restauration de la partie mécanique, y compris le moteur de 143 ch préparé par Gamberini, fut assurée par M. Ramenzoni qui rénova aussi la rare et très recherchée boîte à cinq rapports complétée du sélecteur au plancher Nardi. Le reste de la transmission et des trains roulants fut semblablement rénové. La partie électricité fut refaite par M. Maurizio Ferrari et les carburateurs mis au point par M, Dazzi. Finalement, Autofficina Omega de Corrado Patella effectua tous les réglages du châssis et de la suspension.Des factures pour des travaux effectués par le proprietaire actuel pour un montant de €22.000 se trouvent dans le dossier de la voiture.

    Décrite comme ayant un fonctionnement à la hauteur de sa présentation générale, cette ultra rare Alfa Romeo 1900 Corto Gara Stradale est éligible pour la plupart des plus prestigieuses manifestations automobiles historiques y compris la Mille Miglia Storica.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the chassis number stamped on the car is AR1900C01420 and not AR1900CO1411 as stated in the online and printed catalogue. Veuillez noter que le numéro de châssis de cette voiture est AR1900C01420 et non AR1900CO1411 comme mentionné en ligne et au catalogue.
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