1954→1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C Ghia Special
After the war, Alfa Romeo prepared a version of their chassis known as the 1900C for coachbuilders such as Zagato, Touring, Pininfarina, Stabilimenti Farina, Boano, Ghia & Bertone to use. A couple of these were sent to Ghia in Turin, Italy to be equipped with an all-new design called the Ghia Special.
These dramatic Coupes were the work of Giovanni Savonuzzi who worked for Ghia alongside Giovanni Micheliotti, Pietro Frua and Mario Boano. Savonuzzi's design used long protruding fenders with a small green house and distinct rear tailfins.
Ghia fabricated around 10 bodies on the 1900C chassis in both Sprint and Super Sprint specification. Each car shared the same basic shape but was unique in detail, especially with regards to the lighting, bumpers and dashboards. About half of the production is accounted for
Sales and Chassis
AR1900.01089-Displayed at the 1954 Paris Motor Show and later sold Lionel Corporation in New York. Unique details include a "Ghia Special" script on the rear trunk. In modern times this car was restored by Robert Thalman and displayed at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. One year later is was offered by the Blackhawk Collection at their Pebble Beach Exposition Sale for $285,000 USD. In 2009 Gooding & Company offered 1089 at their Pebble Beach Auction and it sold for $170,500 with an estimate of $225,000 - $310,000 USD.
AR1900.02186-This example of the Ghia Sprint was displayed at the Paris Motor Show in 1955 and sold to the Spanish Royal Familly.