Most of Europe was devastated during the bombing raids or ground attacks that occurred as a part of World War II. Factories which had produced motor cars had been switched to wartime production, and in the early 1950's were slowly being returned to their original purposes. The 1900 was produced by Alfa Romeo in a variety of body styles with the intent of regaining some of its pre-war market share.
The car was a radical new product as it was to be mass produced on a production line. This radical shift was a necessary evolution for the company which had previously done small numbers of custom cars in the new post war economy.
Zagato created 41 examples of their coachwork on the 1900 chassis. 39 of these are coupes and there were two convertibles.
This 1900 Zagato SS (Super Sprint) is one of two 'double bubble' low nose cars built at the end of the 1956 production year. The car is powered by a 1,975 cc, twin-overhead-cam, in-line 4-cylinder engine producing 115 horsepower and capable of 112 mph. This 1956 Geneva show car was sold off the stand to a Swiss owner. It remained in Europe until it went to Japan as part of the Hyashi Collection.
The present owner purchased the car in 1995 and had it restored. They have driven it in the California Mille twice and the grueling Italian Mille Miglia. The car has been the recipient of numerous awards and appeared on numerous magazine covers.