1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567

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Lot 44N
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina

Sold for £ 21,850 (US$ 27,246) inc. premium
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina
Registration no. not registered
Chassis no. AR1900 12567
*Landmark Alfa Romeo model
*Left-hand drive
*Desirable 1,975ccc version
*Restored condition

Footnotes

  • 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. As well as the unitary construction two-door or four-door berlina (saloon), separate chassis types were available for bodying by independent coachbuilders. The 1900 is also notable as Alfa Romeo's first left-hand drive model.

    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 1951 in the form of two high performance derivatives: the Sprint coupé and cabriolet. That same year the 1900 TI (Touring International) berlina appeared with a 100bhp engine, and then in 1953 a 1,975cc engine was introduced on the 1900 Super and 1900 TI Super berlina models, as well as the coupés and cabriolets. Its manufacturer advertised the 1900 as 'The family car that wins races', an allusion to its successes in the Targa Florio and other high-profile Italian events.

    Beautifully finished in dark blue with a contrasting grey cloth interior, this charming Alfa Romeo 1900 Super was purchased by the current owner in 2011 for his private UK-based collection. It features the column-shift gear change typical of the model and, having been manufactured in 1956, is potentially eligible for the Mille Miglia retrospective in Italy.

    It is believed that this Alfa was previously registered in Spain, but it is currently being offered without registration documents. Clearly the car has benefited from a previous restoration and presents very well. A built sheet from Alfa Romeo has been applied for and should be available in time for the auction.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that we have now received the built sheet via email from Alfa Romeo for this car. The date of production was 28th December 1954 but the car was not sold until 23rd January 1956. The first owner was a resident of Madrid in Spain. The original exterior colour was "grigio marina" grey.
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1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina  Chassis no. AR1900 12567
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