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Lot 151

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1956 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe

Coachwork by Touring

Estimate

$400,000 - $450,000

Chassis

AR1900C*10468*

Engine

AR1308*10477*

Car Highlights

Unique Verde Oceano Paint over Alloy Superleggera Coachwork
Spectacular Restoration of Alfa Romeo’s Postwar Classic
Upgraded with Desirable Five-Speed Floor-Shift Gearbox
Ideally Suited for Tours and Concours Events
Includes Original Ownership Documents, Original Sales Invoice, Tool Roll, Spare, and Jack

Technical Specs

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

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that this vehicle is titled by the last five digits of its chassis number. Online bidding is not available for this vehicle.

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The 1900C SS offered here, chassis 10468, represents a stunning example of Alfa Romeo’s immortal postwar gran turismo, the short-wheelbase 1900 Coupe. While employing a modern engine, suspension, and unitized construction, it was one of the last Alfa Romeo models to be fitted with the bespoke custom coachwork of the great Italian carrozzerie.

According to its included sales invoice, this 1900C SS was commissioned for Fernando Spada Alvidres via Autosports S.A. in Mexico. Sr. Alvidres requested the special color Verde Oceano for its exterior finish. According to supplier Lechler Paint of Italy, this shade was used only once on the 1900 model, and the beautiful hue subtly alters in changing daylight.

In addition to the 1900 Coupe’s previous registrations stretching back to the 1960s, it is accompanied by additional documents from the 1970s through 1983. Records suggest that the car enjoyed only a handful of owners before being acquired in 2014 by its current owner, an Alfa Romeo enthusiast and European car collector, who then set to work restoring 10468 alongside two sister 1900 projects.

According to the owner and restorer, the aluminum Touring coachwork was carefully removed from this chassis, photographed, and labeled. Areas of electrolytic corrosion resulting from contact with the steel-tubed substructure were addressed, and the chassis was coated in red oxide paint and properly re-insulated to prevent future damage.

Southern California specialists were employed in their areas of expertise, including Niederst Restorations of Ventura for all mechanical work, Nick’s Old Cars in Redlands for body and paint, Sihilling in Santa Ana for all chrome work, and Quality Interiors in Ventura for the interior. New wire wheels were acquired from the Borrani factory in Italy, and other specialized parts were sourced from Europe.

Numerous impossible-to-find parts were custom-fabricated by craftsmen. Body-hugging grille “eyebrows” were formed from solid brass. Lathe-cut fittings were crafted and joined to custom copper oil lines. The tachometer drive was machined from stainless steel to ensure a smooth and accurate gauge reading. Numerous fittings, fasteners, and linkages were painstakingly fabricated to replicate the originals. With his expert knowledge of this model, the restorer fitted an improved water pump seal and a more modern, fully rebuilt five-speed gearbox from an Alfa Romeo 2600 to improve usability.

The same attention paid to the paint and coachwork extends underneath the car, under the hood, and throughout the interior. In fit, finish, and function, this Alfa Romeo sets itself apart, making it an excellent concours participant and an exciting event-eligible road car. With interesting history and substantial collection of photos that document the restoration, this Touring-bodied 1900C SS is a spectacular example of Alfa Romeo’s postwar brilliance.