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1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Coupe / AR1900C 01909 Vehicle Information

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 photograph

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 photograph

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 photograph

1954 Alfa Romeo 19001954 Alfa Romeo 19001954 Alfa Romeo 1900
High bid of $1,250,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona. (did not sell)
Built specifically for the 1954 race season, this car is one of 39 coupes and two convertibles fashioned out of lightweight aluminum by Zagato. These cars sported a new 1900cc engine with an output of 90 horsepower, the successor to the legendary Alfa Romeo 6C, and each car was individually hand-crafted. A few were built with the distinctive double-bubble roof, such as this SS Zagato Coupe.
High bid of $1,250,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona. (did not sell)
In 1952, Elio Zagato founded the Sant Ambroeus racing team with several friends. A local builder named Vladimiro Galluzzi joined the Sant Ambroeus team, driving an Alfa Romeo Touring-bodied 1900 coupes. The 1900C had a short wheelbase platform, alloy-head dual-cam motor, and a modern suspension system. Elio felt that with a lighter, more aerodynamic body, the car's performance would be greatly enhanced.

The Zagato Coachbuilder was able to source 1900C chassis for development, and by September of 1954, Zagato had clothed their first Super Sport in an aluminum-alloy body with Plexiglas windows. In comparison to the standard version, the Zagato-bodied example weighed significantly less. A limited back of production models were soon approved. Approximately 39 berlinettas and two spiders were eventually built, all of them prior to mid-1956.

The Super Sprint Zagatos became popular at sports car races across Europe, with as many as six examples entered at the 1955 Mille Miglia. Joakim Bonnier notably took first overall in his car at the 2-liter Sverige Grand Prix on August 7, 1955.

This particular Super Sprint Zagato has been treated to a restoration bringing it back to factory standards. The car was completed on July 29th of 1954 and was the 16th example of the 39 cars bodied as coupes. The assembly at Zagato was completed on April 22nd of 1955 and was finished in avorio (ivory) paint and sold to SIMAR of Caracas, Venezuela, on March 23rd. The buyer may have been a proxy for a driver of the Scuderia Madunina team. The Milan-based organization did not formally own any of its cars. All of the Scuderia's entries were privately owned by their respective drivers, whose membership in the organization allowed them to race under the team's entrant's license, thus negating the need for drivers to acquire this license individually from the C.S.A.I. Madunina.

The car was entered un the Madunina banner by Carlos Ruiz Lucero in La Vuelta a la Cordialidad on December 18th of 1955. This was a 225-mile race between Barranquilla and Cartagena, Colombia. It wore race number 44 and finished fourth overall and first in class.

The Alfa was sold a few years later to fellow Venezuelan Luis Beltran Moreno, after which it passed to Antonio Yanes of Caracas. It was purchased in 1993 by Ludo Doorenweerd of Belgium, who in turn eventually sold it to Graham Earl of Britain. Ownership later passed to a Scottsdale-based enthusiast. It was purchased in a semi-restored state, and set for several years before a full restoration was commenced in 2008. The completed car was finished in midnight blue with the interior re-trimmed with tobacco tan leather. A correct 1900C tipo 1308 engine was sourced and installed to replace the Alfa Romeo 2000 that had been installed at some prior point.

In 2010, the car was entered in the Colorado Grand. In 2011 it was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. In May of 2012 it was shown at the Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance, where it won a Best in Class award.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2016



2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,400,000-USD $1,800,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $1,250,000

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 ALFA ROMEO 1900C SS COUPE
Chassis#: AR1900C*01823
Sold for USD$220,000
  2020 Gooding : Geared Online
 
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe by Touring
Chassis#: AR1900 01678
Sold for USD$225,500
  2020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey
 
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupé by Touring
Chassis#: AR 1900C 01788
Sold for USD$261,718
  2019 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Coupe
Chassis#: AR1900C.01647
Sold for USD$330,000
  2018 Bonhams : Scottsdale
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1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe
Chassis#: AR1900C*01801*
Sold for USD$357,500
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Coupe
Chassis#: 01647
Sold for USD$412,500
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupe by Ghia
Chassis#: AR 1900C 01838
Sold for USD$330,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
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1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 C SS Coupe
Chassis#: AR1900C *01742*
Sold for USD$649,000
  2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
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1954 ALFA ROMEO 1900C SPRINT SERIES 2 COUPÉ
Chassis#: AR1900C 01880
Sold for USD$219,143
  2013 The Zoute Sale
 
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Series 2 Sprint Coupé
Chassis#: 130800894
Sold for USD$184,742
  2011 Bonhams - Automobilia, Motos de collection et Automobiles d'exception au Grand Palais
 
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupé
Chassis#: AR1900C 01804
Sold for USD$92,794
  2009 Bonhams - Fine Vintage and Collectors' Motorcars at Reims
 
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe By Ghia
Chassis#: AR1900.01089
Sold for USD$170,500
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
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1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 C SS
Chassis#: AR130800690
Sold for USD$209,000
  2005 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
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1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS LWB Special
Chassis#: AR190001089
Sold for USD$92,400
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Coupe
Chassis#: AR190001678
Sold for USD$91,360
  2004 Coys - Légende et Passion
 
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Barchetta
Chassis#: 09322
Sold for USD$101,695
  2004 Coys Auction - Autosport 2004
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Series 2 CoupéAR1900C 017132020 Bonhams : Goodwood Speedweek $175,000$225,000
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS CoupeAR1900*01678*2019 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island $350,000$425,000
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Touring Série 21900C018282019 Artcurial : Retroobile $250,000$300,000
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint 2e Série Touring1900C.020112017 Artcurial : Retromobile $210,000$260,000
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Berlinetta by ZagatoAR1900C 019092016 RM Sothebys : Arizona$1,250,000$1,400,000$1,800,000
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900SS GhiaAR1900C018382004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$67,000$100,000$140,000

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Alfa Romeo 1900 Vehicle Profiles
Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Ghia
Model Year: 1954
SS Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Touring
Model Year: 1954
SS Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Zagato
Model Year: 1954
Profile

SS Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Zagato
Model Year: 1954
Profile
SS Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Zagato
Model Year: 1954
Profile
Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AR 1900C 01838
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History

SS Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: AR1900*01678*
Engine Num: AR1308*00792*
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AR1900.01089
Engine Num: AR1306.09615
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
SS Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: AR1900C *01742*
Engine Num: AR1308 00690
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History

SS Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: AR1900C 01909
Engine Num: AR1308 10480
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: AR1900C.01647
Engine Num: AR1308.00648
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Sedan
Alfa Romeo 1900 Sedan

Model Year: 1957
Profile

Convertible
Alfa Romeo 1900 Convertible

Coachbuilder: Ghia
Model Year: 1957
Profile
Convertible
Alfa Romeo 1900 Convertible

Coachbuilder: Ghia
Model Year: 1957
Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Touring
Model Year: 1957

Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Touring
Model Year: 1957
Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Touring
Model Year: 1957
Profile
Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Zagato
Model Year: 1957

Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 10312
Engine Num: AR1308*10335
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: 10593
Model Year: 1957
Profile
Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: AR 1900C 10596
Engine Num: AR 1308 10564
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History

Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: AR1900C 10270
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AR1900C 10439
Engine Num: AR1308 01385
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: AR1900C 10473
Engine Num: AR1308 10471
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History


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