Lot 271955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS
Coachwork by Touring of Italy


• Highly desirable third Series 1900
• Lightweight aluminum coachwork
• Superb restoration, stunning design
• Desirably optioned and road ready
• Eligible for a plethora of rallies and events including the Mille Miglia

1.9-litre twin-cam inline four-cylinder engine with dual-choke Solex carburetors, rated at 100 HP, five-speed floor-shift manual gearbox, coil spring and double A-arm independent front suspension, solid rear axle with longitudinal radius arms and coil springs, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 98.4”

As one of the oldest car companies in the world, Alfa Romeo has always been on the cutting edge of automotive technology. Starting in 1910, Alfa Romeo built cars for the masses, but was also a fierce competitor on the racetrack as well. Just one year after their start, Alfa competed in the prestigious Targa Florio with two 24-horsepower entries. Success followed quickly with a second-place finish in the Parma-Poggio Berdeto race. By 1920, Alfa Romeo was tearing up the tracks and a victory at Mugello solidified the Alfa name as the car to beat. These were the days when great cars like Fiat, Bugatti, Peugeot, and Mercedes dominated the racetracks of Europe all in battle to see who the best was. Certainly, Alfa Romeo was an innovator both on and off the track, and that is no more evident than in this stunning 1955 1900C SS.

The design for the 1900 was by Orazio Satta, who had joined Alfa in 1938 and was responsible for the Giulietta, Giulia, Montreal, and the Alfetta. The 1900 was perhaps his finest work and featured many firsts for Alfa. The 1900 was Alfa’s first production line car to be built without a separate chassis and was also the company’s first to offer a left-hand drive. Making its debut at the 1950 Paris Auto Show, it stunned the crowds and stayed in production until 1955. While most examples of the 1900 were sedans, Alfa built just a handful of special bodied 1900 C Sprint and Super Sprint coupes. This is where the 1900 was in its element; a highly efficient engine with a lightweight aluminum body made for a car that was ready for competition rallies and races.

The 1900C SS offered here is a third series example wearing Touring of Italy’s smooth five-window coupe body. The series three is recognized by its slightly lower roof line and its beautifully sculptured and extended nose. As one of Italy’s premier design houses, Touring’s masterful work is resplendent in an all-aluminum body that features a proportional design with a low roofline and the subtle details in the lower body that gives it the perfect Italian touring car appearance. Up front is Alfa’s signature grille emblem that was designed in 1910 with the red cross on a white field signifying Alfa’s hometown of Milan and the snake symbol of the Visconti family that ruled Milan. At the rear is the famous Superleggera script. Its translation “super light" was the benchmark of the great Felice Bianchi Anderloni, who pioneered his lightweight body construction methods for Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, and Aston Martin. The clean and crisp design of this 1900C SS is nicely accented by Borrani chrome wire wheels and Marchal lighting. This Alfa was sold new in Chicago and then went to England where it was recently acquired after 30 years in the same family. Power comes from its correct third series twin-cam inline four with twin choke Solex carburetors and a five-speed gearbox. The engine was recently rebuilt according to factory specifications and the engine compartment is nicely detailed. This Alfa also retains its original bumpers with the Brunsig manufacturer’s plate intact. The interior features all the attributes of a fine Italian car in the finest Grand Touring style with center mounted gauges, two-tone Italian gray wool and red leather, and its Nardi wood steering wheel. It also retains its factory radio, spare tire and original tool kit.

Alfa’s incredible history comes alive in this beautiful example of their Grand Touring work. With its powerful engine and super light aluminum coachwork, this is a car that is ready for all vintage rallies and events including the prestigious Mille Miglia. This 1900C SS is a coachbuilt Alfa Romeo—in particular, a beautifully restored example and is a genuine CSS with desirable equipment that’s ready to be driven and enjoyed.

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