1953→1959 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Super Sprint
In 1953, The TI Super engine was launched which enlarged capacity to 1,975 cc and offered an impressive 190 km/h top speed in the 1900C Sprint chassis. It was also paired with different gear ratios and “Alfin” self-adjusting rear brakes. These second series cars are sometimes refereed to ass CSS or Tipo 2 or Series II.
Many of the sporting versions made by Zagato, known as the SSZ provided Alfa Romeo with success in sporting competitions such as the Tour de France, the Targa Florio, the Stella Alpina and the Coupe des Alpes. An advertising slogan of the day described it as ‘The family car that wins races’.
Some 1900 Sprints 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 1900 Sprint chassis. Each car shared the same basic shape but was unique in detail, especially with regards to the lighting, bumpers and dashboards.
|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1953 – 1959|
|engine||Cast Iron Inline-4 w/Light Alloy Head|
|displacement||1975 cc / 120.5 in³|
|bore||84.5 mm / 3.33 in|
|stroke||88 mm / 3.46 in|
|power||85.8 kw / 115 bhp @ 5500 rpm|
|specific output||58.23 bhp per litre|
|body / frame||Custom Body on Unibody Steel Chassis|
|top speed||~180 kph / 111.8 mph|
Auction Sales History
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupe Ghia AR1900C01838 – sold for $330,000
This 1900 SS was restored some time ago, believed around 1995, and reportedly, it has more recently undergone a comprehensive engine overhaul, which included the addition of new brakes, radiator, and clutch. The car is currently in fine, drivable condition. This is a rare and significant special-bodied Alfa Romeo of quality and style, and one as such rarely comes available. It is eligible for the most important historic events and would be a welcomed entry as a representative of this and other special-bodied cars, such as the 1900 Conrero Alfa Romeo 1900C Supersonica, which participated in the Mille Miglia in 1953. Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions
1957 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Touring Coupé 1900C10542 – sold for €103,936
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Touring Coupe – sold for €61,875
Finished in dark blue with a silver roof, the car presented here carries Touring coachwork and has Bordeaux vinyl upholstery with dark red carpets. Sold new in Italy in August 1956, chassis 10610 comes with Alfa Romeo Automobilismo Storico letter of authentication confirming the date of production. Auction Source: 2009 RM Auctions’ Automobiles of London
1952 Alfa Romeo 1900C Berlinetta by Touring – sold for $96,250