A BREATHTAKING 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Touring is expected to sell for £180,000 to £220,000 at Coys’ True Greats auction in London on December 1.
Alfa’s first all-new offering of the post-war period arrived in 1950. Designed by Orazio Satta Puliga and intended for volume production, the 1900 was the first Alfa to employ unitary construction and – in keeping with the company’s sporting heritage – was powered by a twin-overhead-camshaft engine.
It should have surprised nobody therefore, when the 1900’s potential was realised in the form of two high-performance derivatives.
Launched in 1951, the 1900C Sprint featured bodywork by Pininfarina (cabriolet) and Touring (coupé), both models utilising the 100bhp engine of the 1900TI sports saloon. The Touring-bodied Sprint Coupé attracted such public acclaim that it was subsequently adopted as the basis for all future ‘aerodynamic’ Alfa Romeo coupés.
The Sprint Coupé was designed to offer sporting performance together with ‘2+2’ accommodation – guaranteed to appeal to the sports car enthusiast with a family – while the heart-shaped vertical grille with matched horizontal side intakes, became an Alfa trademark on later models.
In June 1954 the engine was enlarged to 1,975cc and the model re-designated as the ‘Super Sprint’. With 115bhp on tap and possessing an excellent power-to-weight ratio courtesy of the aluminium-alloy body, these cars could top 195km/h. They shone in competitions of all kinds.
This wonderful Alfa Romeo 1900 SS on sale at Coys is a 2nd series and was bought new in 1954 from the Finanziaria Appia in Rome. The car remained in Italy until 1978 when it was shipped to the USA. It remained in there until 1999 when it come back into Europe and was registered in the UK. The car was subsequently sold in 2004 and in June 2015 the engine and the gearbox were checked by the specialist Perosino for €6,100.
Presented in lovely condition this car would be Mille Miglia eligible.