Model overview of the 1950s classic
The year 1950 saw major changes at Alfa Romeo’s headquarters in Milano, where a new design by Orazio Satta, the 1900, and a modern new assembly line put the company’s production into high gear. The 1900 made its debut as a unit-body sedan, a first for Alfa, with a new 1.9-litre dual overhead cam engine. Displayed at the 1950 Paris and London auto shows, it was also the first Alfa produced with its steering wheel on the left side.
Eager to sustain its pre-war sporting image and rich competition tradition, Alfa entered the 1900 sedan in a number of motorsports events, where it performed well. In 1951, Alfa announced a 100-horsepower version of the 1900, which went into the new 1900C Sprint coupé, as well as a cabriolet version. Both of the new body styles were developed on the sedan chassis with a shortened wheelbase. The convertible was created by Pinin Farina, while most of the beautiful coupés came from Carrozzeria Touring.
However, Alfa was careful to make sure that other Italian carrozzeria had opportunities to create styling variations of their own. Thus there were Alfa 1900 coupés bodied by Boano, Bertone, Farina, Ghia and Zagato, as well as Touring. Designed at Touring’s Milan studios by Federico Formenti, the Super Sprint version of the coupé was introduced at the 1955 Paris show and represented the development pinnacle for the series. Its key distinguishing feature was a revised version of the engine, with increased displacement from 1,884 cc to 1,975, a higher compression ratio, twin Weber carburettors and four valves per cylinder. Production of the 1900 sedan ended in 1955, but the Sprint coupé carried on through 1958. Total production volume of 1,796 was small compared with the sedan.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
115 bhp 1,975 cc dual overhead cam inline four-cylinder engine, five-speed floor shift manual transmission, coil spring and double A-arm independent front suspension, live axle rear suspension with trailing links, coil springs, and hydraulic shock absorbers, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tim Scott