1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupe
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Designed by Dr. Orazio Satta Puliga and intended for volume production, the 1900 was the first Alfa Romeo to employ unitary construction. In keeping with the company’s sporting heritage, it was powered by a twin-overhead-camshaft, four-cylinder engine. Launched in 1951, the 1900 Sprint featured cabriolet coachwork by Pinin Farina or a coupe body by Touring. Both models utilized the 100 bhp engine of the 1900 TI sports sedan. In 1954, Alfa Romeo updated its successful 1900 model line with a more powerful version of the dual-overhead-cam inline four-cylinder motor.
For the short-chassis 1900C, this refresh resulted in the competition-worthy Super Sprint, which has evolved into one of the most collectable of the 1900 iterations. Revered for its lightweight construction, performance capabilities, and classic Carrozzeria Touring design, it is the embodiment of classic post-war design in the great Italian grand touring tradition.
This 1900C Super Sprint coupe was delivered to its first owner on 11 January 1956, a Mr. Colombo of Pinerolo, near Turin, Italy. He would retain ownership until 1982. It then passed through the hands of several collectors in Holland over the next few decades before being acquired by a Mr. Bacchi, who returned the Alfa Romeo to Italy in 2010. Mr. Bacchi performed a comprehensive, authentic, and detailed restoration with the goal of creating a beautiful but reliable car for touring throughout Europe.
The current owner has enjoyed the fruits of Mr. Bacchi’s labor by using the car in several vintage automotive events, including the Nuvolari and Terra Canossa Rallye in recent years, and reports the Alfa Romeo proved to be both extremely reliable and a pleasure to operate. Most recently, the 1900 was accepted as a participant in the 2019 Pebble Beach Motoring Classic; it will be arriving in Monterey after completing that event.
Featuring Touring’s typically graceful, handcrafted aluminum Superleggera coachwork that is finished splendidly in the striking hue of Rosso Amaranto Vinaccia, this classic Alfa Romeo would make an elegant, exciting, and purposeful addition to any collection.
RM Sotheby's is pleased to confirm that this car retains its matching numbers engine per FCA Heritage.
To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo19.