1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupé  Chassis no. AR1900C 01804 Engine no. 1308 00683

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1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupé
Chassis no. AR1900C 01804 Engine no. 1308 00683

Sold for € 63,250 (US$ 64,369) inc. premium
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring

Chassis no. AR1900C 01804
Engine no. 1308 00683
"L'apogée de la lignée des 1900 sera la série Super, dont la Berlina et la 1900 C Super Sprint ont été produites de 1953 à 1958... La série Super se distinguait surtout par son moteur de cylindrée plus importante, passant de 1 884 à 1 975 cm3. La 1900C Super Sprint pouvait atteindre 189 km/h..." — "Alfa Romeo — A History", Hull and Slater, 1964.
Avec ses usines dévastées par les bombardements, Alfa Romeo ne reprend la production qu'en 1947, la 2500C d'avant-guerre permettant de maintenir la marque milanaise jusqu'à 1952. Le premier modèle complètement nouveau de la période d'après-guerre apparaît en 1950. Conçu par Dr. Orazio Satta Puliga et pensé pour une production importante, la 1900 est la première Alfa Romeo adoptant une construction monocoque. Restant fidèle à l'héritage sportif de la marque, elle reçoit un moteur à double arbre à cames en tête, un quatre cylindres de 1 884 cm3 dont les 90 ch suffisent à propulser la berline à près de 150 km/h.
Bien que voiture à destination humblement familiale, la 1900 est alors créditée de capacités sportives excédant les performances de son moteur, les conducteurs bénéficiant d'une suspension avant par triangle et ressorts hélicoïdaux et d'un essieu arrière rigide extrêmement bien placé. Il n'est donc guère surprenant que le potentiel de la 1900 ait été exploité à travers deux dérivés de performances élevées. Lancée en 1951, la 1900C Sprint reçoit une carrosserie signée Pinin Farina (cabriolet) et Touring (coupé), chacune des deux adoptant le moteur 100 ch de la berline 1900 Ti. Le coupé Sprint Touring déclenche un tel enthousiasme du public qu'il est retenu comme base pour tous les coupés Alfa Romeo "aérodynamiques" ultérieurs. Une des descendantes directes est bien sûr la séduisante Giulietta Sprint, dont l'air de famille saute aux yeux.
Le coupé Sprint est conçu pour offrir des performances sportives dans un habitacle "2+2", susceptible d'attirer le sportif enthousiaste et père de famille. La grille centrale de calandre en forme de cœur, complétée par les deux entrées d'air horizontales, va devenir une marque de fabrique sur les Alfa Romeo ultérieures. En juin 1954, la cylindrée du moteur passe à 1 975 cm3 et le modèle devient "Super Sprint". Fortes de 115 ch et d'un excellent rapport poids-puissance grâce à leur carrosserie en aluminium, ces voitures peuvent atteindre 189 km/h et participent à toutes sortes de compétitions. Un total de 949 Sprint et 854 Super Sprint voit le jour, avant la fin de la production.
Ce bel exemplaire d'un modèle de référence d'une des marques les plus charismatiques bénéficie d'une élégante combinaison de peinture ivoire et sellerie de cuir vert. Complètement restaurée en Italie en 2004, cette voiture a pris part à de nombreux événements historiques en 2006, dont les rallyes ING Ardennes Bleue, Silvretta Classic et International Trier, ainsi que l'International Oldtimer meeting de Baden-Baden. Elle comporte un passeport FIVA (délivré en 2005) et est équipée d'un Tripmaster, idéal pour les rallyes historiques. Proposée aujourd'hui par un collectionneur connaisseur devant réduire le nombre de pièces de sa collection, cette rare Alfa Romeo des années 1950 constitue une désirable sportive, éligible pour de très nombreux événements historiques.

‘The final flowering of the 1900 was the Super series, of which the Berlina, or saloon, and the 1900C Super Sprint were produced from 1953 to 1958… the Super series was mainly distinguished by the fact that the engine was enlarged… raising capacity from 1,884cc to 1,975cc. The 1900C Super Sprint could achieve 118mph…’ – ‘Alfa Romeo - A History’, Hull and Slater, 1964.
Its factory devastated by wartime bombing, Alfa Romeo did not resume car production until 1947, the pre-war 2500C standing the Milan marque in good stead until 1952. The firm’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. 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 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 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. One direct descendant was, of course, the lovely little Giulietta Sprint in which the family resemblance is immediately obvious.
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 118mph. They shone in competitions of all kinds. A total of 949 Sprints and 854 Super Sprints had been made by the time production ceased.
This lovely example of a landmark model from one of motoring’s most charismatic marques is finished in the elegant combination of ivory with dark sage green leather interior. Fully restored in Italy in 2004, the car participated in several classic events in 2006 including the ING Ardennes Bleue, Silvretta Classic and International Trier Classics rallies, as well as the International Oldtimer meeting at Baden-Baden. The car is offered with FIVA passport (issued 2005) and is fitted with a Tripmaster, ideal for use in rally events. Offered today by its private vendor due to a necessary reduction in numbers of his collection, this coachbuilt 1950s Alfa Romeo would continue to make a highly desirable entry to numerous historic events.
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupé  Chassis no. AR1900C 01804 Engine no. 1308 00683
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupé  Chassis no. AR1900C 01804 Engine no. 1308 00683
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupé  Chassis no. AR1900C 01804 Engine no. 1308 00683
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