1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SSZ
Of all the Alfa Romeo 1900s, none is as desirable as the Zagato Berlinetta also known as the "esse esse zetas" or SSZ in short. 39 of these bespoke coupes were made specifically for racing. It matched Zagato's aerodynamic efficiency and light weight body deisgn with the most potent version of Alfa Romeos 1900 known as the Super Sport.
Chassis & Sales
02056-Sold at Bonhams 2010 Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia Auction for . $557,000 inclusive of Buyer's Premium . Described as "Originally delivered to racing cyclist Mario Binda in Milan on 5th August 1955, chassis ‘02056’ was soon exported to the USA where by 1961 it was owned by one J C Edwards in California. At this time the engine block and cylinder head were replaced with Alfa Romeo 2000 equivalents, before the car was acquired by Jay Jacobs and then Philip Musser of Pt. Richmond. In the late 1980s well-known Alfa Romeo connoisseur Said Marouf purchased ‘02056’ for his world class Alfa collection, entrusting it to multiple trophy winning restorers Paolo and Nino Epifani in Berkeley (CA) for a complete rebuild to the highest standards. Chassis ‘02056’ was displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1990 where it achieved third place in its class against the most intense competition in the world. Little used subsequently, it was acquired from Mr Marouf via Brooks/Bonhams by the former Dutch owner in January 2001 with only 2,000 post-restoration km showing on its odometer."
Chassis & Sales
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Berlinetta Chassis no. AR1900C02056 - sold for $557,000
When viewed by a Bonhams specialist the car was seen to remain in fine order, its interior, engine compartment, trunk, paint, and bodywork all being immaculate, it is difficult to fault in any respect. Its detail specification extends from Borrani wire wheels with correct Borrani wheel nuts, restored Nardi steering wheel, Nardi shift linkage, the original spare wheel and jack in its original pouch and Marchal driving lights. The Plexiglas side... more
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