1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint Coupe  Chassis no. AR1900C 10186 Engine no. 10288

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Lot 708
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint Coupe
Registration no. CSJ 690 Chassis no. AR1900C 10186 Engine no. 10288

Sold for £ 26,450 (US$ 35,568) inc. premium
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint Coupe
Registration no. CSJ 690
Chassis no. AR1900C 10186
Engine no. 10288
Alfa Romeo’s first all-new offering of the post-war period arrived in 1950. 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. A four-cylinder unit, the latter displaced 1,884cc and produced 90bhp, an output sufficient to propel the four-door saloon to 93mph. Although ostensibly a humble family conveyance, the 1900 was nevertheless a true Alfa and thus endowed with sporting credentials which extended beyond its type of power unit, owners enjoying the benefits of wishbone and coil-spring independent front suspension, and an exceptionally well-located live rear axle. 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 1900 Sprint featured bodywork by Pinin Farina (cabriolet) and Touring (coupe), both models utilising the 100bhp engine of the 1900TI sports saloon. The model was up-graded for 1954 as the Series 2, gaining a 1,975cc engine and five-speed gearbox, and was joined by the Super Sprint featuring revised styling and a 115bhp engine.

This 1900 Super Sprint was re-imported to Italy from the USA in 1988 and race prepared at great expense by a noted Alfa Romeo specialist in 1989. It was subsequently raced at Misano, Monza and the Nurburgring and won its class in the 1992 Targa Florio. The present owner acquired the car at Brooks’ Earls Court Sale in October 1997, at which time it was reported as unused for four years. Restored in 1998, the vehicle benefits from further remedial work, the bodywork having been repaired and re-painted in August 2003 and the gearbox rebuilt in March 2004. Maidstone Sports Cars’ invoices for the foregoing (totalling £4,326) are available for inspection. Finished in red with black interior, the car is described as inn generally good condition with very good bodywork and paint. It is offered with CSAI identity papers, current MoT and Swansea V5.
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