1955 Alfa Romeo 1900cSS
Price: US $295,000.00 Item location: San Diego, California, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Alfa Romeo
- Model: Other
- SubModel: Carrozzoria Touring Berlinetta
- Type: Carrozzeria Touring Berlinetta
- Year: 1955
- Mileage: 44,567
- VIN: AR1900C *02173*
- Color: Red
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Interior color: Tan
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1955 Alfa Romeo Other Carrozzoria Touring BerlinettaChassis No.AR1900C *02173*
Type1900cSS (Short Wheelbase Super Sport)
BodyCarrozzoria Touring of Milan
Engine No.1308 *01506*(Original)
Engine No.1308 *10311* (Current)
Rear Axle No.1103
Steering Box No.364500
Alfa Romeo's 1900 series of automobiles were designed by Ing. Orazio Satta. They were a completely different design anddeparture from anything Alfa had built previously. The model made it's debut in the Paris Motor Show in the Fall of 1950where it was an immediate popular and later for Alfa Romeo, commercial success.
The 1900 was only the second series of Alfa Romeos built on a standardized production line which had been earlier precededby the 6c2500 Freccia d’Oro. They were however Alfa's first production vehicle built in a monocoque format without aseparate 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, twincam 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 andother races and rallies.
Alfa's 1900 was destined for competition success from the moment they made their debut. They all had independent frontsuspension (double wishbones, coil springs (front & rear) and hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers) and one of the very bestlive rear axle designs seen up to that point which was later even further revised and improved upon.
In 1951 the short wheelbase 1900C ("C" for corto (Italian for short) version was introduced. It had a wheelbase of 2,500mmrather than the standard 2,630mm standard coupe and sedan. The following year, Alfa introduced the performance oriented1900TI with a more powerful 100bhp engine and a variety of other upgrades. The 1900TI had bigger valves, highercompression ratio and it was equipped with twin-carburetors. In 1954 two years later the 1900 Super, 1900TI Super and1900 Super Sprint with enlarged 1,975cc engines were introduced. The TI Super with twin carburetors now produced 115bhpand featured a 4-speed gearbox with revised ratios but still using the standard final drive ratio.
The ultimate specification and these days the most desirable of of the 1900 line-up was the 1900cSS which featured both theshorter chassis as well as the most developed and best performing engine, gearbox and revised final drive ratios. The “C” in“CSS” stood for the Italian word “Corto” or short in reference to the reduced wheelbase. The “SS” referred “Super Sport”given the vehicle’s radically improved overall performance, handling and braking.
Alfa's 1900CSS model also incorporated a fantastically well designed and thoroughly sorted 5-speed gearbox with fullsynchronization on 2nd, 3r, 4th and 5th gear. The ratios were carefully selected to match the torque and rpm curve of thehigh specification, twin-cam "Tipo 1308" series engine. As a result of the performance increase and use of a five rather thanfour speed gearbox, the standard 4.1:1 final drive ratio was unnecessary. A taller 3.75:1 unit was instead fitted which allowedfor far better top-speed as well as far less rpm at speed in any gear. Brakes were "alfin" self-adjusting at all four corners. Thefronts were double leading shoe and featured helical turbine finning and scoops for added cooling. Rears were also Alfin withsix rows of circumferential cooling fins giving the 1900cSS some of the all-time best brakes ever featured on a productionbased Sports Car.
Alfa had always envisioned making the 1900 a platform for various coachbuilders to express themselves freely. The 1900CSSlent itself to this end quite successfully and Touring, Pinin Farina, Zagato and Ghia produced some strikingly beautiful as wellas competitive examples. With lower weight and better handling, braking and performance on the track and in the tours andrallies 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 racersalike.
This particular 1900cSS was a standard Carrozzeria Touring "Five-Window" Berlinetta that was completed on Body or "Job"No. 4537. It was original assigned a high performance, Tipo 1308 "1900cSS" engine with individual engine No. 01506. yes,but Alfa Romeo (and I) would prefer this not to be disclosed to discourage claims of “we found the original engine” and thenre-stamping one) This was replaced early in the vehicle's life with another Tipo 1308 engine (and not a fortunately not onefrom a 2000) with individual engine No. 01506 No, as you state on the spec. 1308*10311*, The original exterior color was"Grigio Azzurro" which translates directly to Grey-Blue. The Alfa Romeo Factory Assembly Records for this vehicle indicate itwas completed and ready for shipping on November 7th, 1955. The original order had been placed on speculation by theMarino, Rome, Italy Concessionaire. The vehicle remained with them only a short time when it was sold on February 20th,1956 to an unknown Rome resident. (Great, I did not know when it was sold, but it could be the date of when it went to theconcessionaires, unless you have more definitely)
Little information is known about this vehicle's early life until it was recorded by the Alfa Romeo Owner's Club being for sale inthe States in the late 1980s. At that time it was described as still being Grey Blue with two-tone Burgundy body work and alight colored interior. The car was purchased in Rome in the late 1950s by an American Air Force Officer who arranged forshipping and delivery to the States after his tour of duty ended.
In 1994 it was recorded being owned by USA resident Steve Wooten. His ownership ended in January of 1998 when it wassold by the Barrett Jackson Auction House at their annual Scottsdale, Arizona sale at which time it had been restored and nowfeatured traditional all red exterior paint and a tan interior. The new owner was an English dealer who consigned the vehiclethat Fall to the November 30, 1998, Christies London, King Street Auction. (Lot No. 65 / Sale 6000) where it was sold andpurchased by a private Japanese Museum collection. The new owners then imported the car into Japan were it was roadregistered and further prepared for historic tours and rallies at which it has actively competed for more than fifteen years.
Our purchase of this Alfa took nearly a year to complete but was well worth the effort and wait it took to acquire it. We havehad several of these over the years and as such have gained a vast knowledge of their unique natures. We were aware thatthe original engine had been replaced by another of the same specification, possibly done under warranty when the vehiclewas new or near new given the individual engine No. The rare Tipo 1308/1356 specific parts that make up these vehicleswere still fitted including the unique 5-speed gearbox and special rear axle assembly. The Tipo 1356 front and rear brakeswere also present. These are massive affairs well up to the task of controlling the vehicle. The front use “Turbine” finning thatsits inboard slightly and when in motion they pump air across them. The rears have six cooling fins on each drum assemblythat likewise aids in keeping everything cool. The original unique larger fuel tank and special front and rear suspensioncomponents are all correct and original. A close inspection of the vehicles original panels and trim confirms that they are alloriginal and correct to the vehicle. A variety of different components are stamped in many places with the two digit number“37” which is the last two digits of the Touring Body / Job No. “4537.” Sample photos of these are shown above.
Immediately after arrival a careful and thorough inspection was completed and engine compression checked. Each cylinder isperfect and even with no smoke or noises. The compression test results are as follows:
Cyl.Pounds Per Square Inch
The original lightweight decorative bumpers and mounting hardware as shown in the photos above is included with the sale ofthis vehicle. This Alfa Romeo has been fully restored, serviced, sorted and prepared for historic events, world-wide. Thevehicle is completely without rust or signs of accident damage anywhere and it is freshly prepared and ready for any mannerof immediate enthusiastic use. The sale will also include the complete tool and jack kit.
More than 100 high resolution inspection photos can be accessed by contacting me for a direct link to our website.
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