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Lot 22

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe

Coachwork by Touring

SOLD $210,000

Estimate

$275,000 - $350,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

AR1900C*01879*

Engine

AR1308*00987*

Car Highlights

A Superb Example of Carrozzeria Touring’s Esteemed Five-Window Superleggera Coupe
Retains Original Engine per Alfa Romeo Classiche Build Record
1990s Cosmetic Restoration Conducted Under Long-Term Japanese Ownership
Tastefully Upgraded for Vintage Racing, Including Floor-Shifter
Documented with Factory Build Record, Restoration Photos, and
Registrations and Correspondence Dating from 1959

Technical Specs

1,975 CC DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin Solex Carburetors
115 BHP at 5,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live Axle with Trailing Arms and Coil Springs

Saleroom Addendum

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James Boxberger, San Diego, California (acquired by 1959)V.C. Engberg, Spring Valley, California (acquired by 1961)William Biggs, San Diego, California (acquired circa 1972)Robert Rajsky, Poway, California (acquired from the above in 1977)Jack Becronis, San Marino, California (acquired from the above by 1984)Mr. Hayashi, Kawasaki, Japan (acquired by 1989)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Monterey Historics, circa mid-1980sLa Festa Mille Miglia, Japan, circa 1990s

In 1955, 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 collectible of the 1900 iterations. Revered for its lightweight construction, performance capabilities, and classic design, it is particularly significant to encounter a well-documented example such as this one, which has taken part in vintage racing.

This beautifully presented Touring-bodied five-window coupe benefits from an extensive file of documentation and almost three decades of ownership by a meticulous Japanese collector. According to the build record from Alfa Romeo Classiche, chassis 01879 completed assembly in August 1954 and was delivered the following March. Finished in Blu Scuro (Dark Blue) and specified for the US, the 1900C was acquired by 1959 by James Boxberger of San Diego.

The Alfa Romeo passed to at least three subsequent California-based owners over the following 25 years before being acquired in 1984 by Jack Becronis, a prominent collector in San Marino, California. The 1900C came under the purview of Mr. Becronis’ son, Peter, who refurbished the car for competition use and entered several vintage races at the Monterey Historics during the 1980s. Registered by this time with the California personalized plates ALFACSS, the car was also featured in Joe Benson’s publication Alfa Romeo Buyer’s Guide. In 1989, the Super Sprint was sold to Mr. Hayashi, a Japanese collector, who commissioned an extensive restoration. Mr. Hayashi continued to use the car for touring events and rallies for the better part of three decades before selling it to the consignor in 2017.

The Alfa Romeo was then mechanically freshened and sorted with a rebuild of the carburetors, brakes, and suspension. According to a document provided by Alfa Romeo Classiche, the car retains its correct original 1308-series, competition-designed engine, which features high-compression pistons, an exhaust header, dual-belted fan and generator, and special ducting in the engine compartment to facilitate cooling. The five-speed manual gearbox features a floor-shift conversion, a modification that greatly enhances driving enjoyment.

Sitting atop sparkling Borrani wire wheels with new tires, the Touring-bodied five-window Super Sprint has an especially aggressive stance in its bumper-delete configuration. The car is documented with a manufacturer’s certificate of origin, restoration photos, prior owners’ registrations, and fascinating correspondence that spans nearly 60 years, including a business card from original seller Hoffman Motors. Eligible for numerous events worldwide, this sporting Alfa Romeo may be driven in vintage competition or presented at local concours d’elegance, and it is an ideal entrant at any sports car gathering.