1955 Alfa Romeo 1900SOLD

Ultra-rare, fully restored original Short Wheel-Base "CSS" Touring Tipo 3 (Five Window) 5-speed Berlinetta

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Reference Number 246875

as of 11/12/2013

Overview
Car 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900
VIN AR 1900c *02052* 
Exterior / Interior Color black/turquoise /      Red  
Condition Pristine 
Mileage 669 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

Background:

Alfa Romeo's 1900 series of automobiles were designed by Ing. Orazio Satta. They were a completely different design and departure from anything Alfa had built previously. The model made it's debut in the Paris Motor Show in the Fall of 1950 where it was an immediate popular and later for Alfa Romeo, commercial success.

 

The 1900 was the first series of Alfa Romeos built on a standardized production line and they were also Alfa's first production car without a separate chassis as well as the first Alfas offered with left-hand drive steering configuration.

 

Both a sporting 2-door Coupe and 4-door Sedan were initially offered featuring an all new 1,884cc, 90 bhp, 4-cylinder, twin cam engine. The design was spacious and simple, yet quick and sporty. The slogan Alfa used when selling the new 1900 was "The family car that wins races", not-so-subtly alluding to the car's success in the Targa Florio, Stella Alpina, Mille Miglia and other races and rallies.

 

Alfa's 1900 was destined for competition success from the moment they made their debut. They all had independent front suspension (double wishbones, coil springs (front & rear) and hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers) and one of the very best live rear axle designs seen up to that point.

 

In 1951 the short wheelbase 1900C ("C" for corto (Italian for short) version was introduced. It had a wheelbase of 2,500mm rather than the standard 2,630mm standard coupe and sedan. That same year the 1900TI with a more powerful 100bhp engine was introduced. The 1900TI had bigger valves, higher compression ratio and it was equipped with twin-carburetors. Two years later the 1900 Super and 1900TI Super (also 1900SS or Super Sprint) with enlarged 1,975cc engine were introduced. The TI Super with twin carburetors produced 115bhp and featured a 4-speed gearbox with revised ratios but still using the standard final drive ratio.

 

1900CSS

The ultimate specification of the 1900 line-up was without question the ultra-rare "CSS" variant that featured both the shorter chassis as well as the most developed and best performing engine, gearbox and revised final drive ratios. Brakes were "alfin" double-leading shoe, self-adjusting at all four corners and the fronts featured ducting and scoops for added cooling.

 

Alfa's 1900CSS model also incorporated a fantastically well designed and thoroughly sorted 5-speed gearbox with full synchronization on 2nd, 3rd , 4th and 5th gear. The ratios were carefully selected to match the torque and rpm curve of the high specification, twin-cam "Tipo 1308" series engine. As a result of the performance increase and use of a five rather than four speed gearbox, the standard 4.1:1 final drive ratio was unnecessary. A taller 3.75:1 unit was instead fitted which allowed for far better top-speed as well as far less rpm at speed in any gear.

 

Alfa had always envisioned making the 1900 a platform for various coachbuilders to express themselves freely. The 1900CSS lent itself to this end quite successfully and Touring, Pinin Farina, Zagato and Ghia produced some strikingly beautiful as well as competitive examples. With lower weight and better handling, braking and performance on the track and in the tours and rallies that favored these nimble coupes, Alfa had produced an extremely competitive as well as attractive vehicle. As such, today, these beautiful "custom coachwork" examples are by any measure the most sought out by both collectors and racers alike.

 

Chassis AR 1900c *02052*

This particularly attractive Alfa Romeo 1900cSS (Short Wheel-Base Super Sprint) was completed on Touring Body / Job Number 4424 on April 27th, 1955 and sold new to her first Italian owner and registered by him in Prato, Italy on July 21st, 1955.

 

This was a special order example finished in all black. The very beautiful Touring Coachwork is the semi-standard Tipo 3, "Five-Window" version favored by many as the most attractive of the Touring variations fitted to Alfa's short wheel-base 1900 models.

 

Few other details are known at this time until the car was purchased in the mid-1960s in the mid-west by Alfa enthusiast, Bob Hughes. The car remained with him until Craig Morningstar learned about it shortly after it was sold in December of 2005 to Bruce Kelly in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A complete and total restoration was then begun not finishing for many, many years when the car was acquired by Myron Cottrell in Chask, Minnesota.

 

Today this highly attractive and fully restored 1900cSS is ready for any manner of historic rallying, touring or outright track use one could imagine. It is both eligible and imminently welcome to some of the world's greatest rallies and races including the Mille Miglia and Tour Auto.

 

Full sets of high resolution inspection images and complete history can be accessed immediately by clicking on this link:

 

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Please call or email me if I can assist further with the purchase of this vehicle in anyway.

 

Warm regards,

 

Bill Noon

 

Symbolic International

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