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1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Coupe / AR 1900C 01915 Vehicle Information

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1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS photograph

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS photograph

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS photograph

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS photograph

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS photograph

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS photograph

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS photograph

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS photograph

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS photograph

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Sold for $1,100,000 at 2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island.
In September of 1954, Elio Zagato sourced a 1900C chassis and gave it lightweight aluminum coachwork that featured a sculpted nose and bulged hood with dual inlets designed to provide adequate space for the higher-profile Weber carburetors.

Based on the cars performance and appearance, Alfa Romeo experimental department director Consalvo Sanesi recommended production of a small batch of officially sanctioned cars. By mid-1956, approximately 39 examples of the 1900 Super Sprint Zagato were built. Six different examples were entered at the 1955 Mille Miglia, and one of its more notable victories was by Joakim Bonnier who won the 2-liter Sverige Grand Prix in August 1955.

This particular example is believed to be the 17th examples of 21 cars ordered in 1954 on the second-series Sprint chassis. It was completed in early 1955 and fitted with engine number 01048. It left the factory finished in metallic grey paint and distributed to Franco Venturi of Rome. He sold the car on February 26th to Sergio Bettoja, who had the cars registered with tags 219047. Bettoja entered the car in the Giro di Sicilia on March 4th of 1955. He then used the Alfa to become the champion of the University of Modena.

The car was sold on April 27th to Vittorio Vittorio Randaccio of Rome, and he also raced the Alfa, entering the XXII Mille Miglia on May 1st of 1955, as #503. It failed to finish the Mille. Its next event was on November 11th of 1955, when it was entered in the Coppa Inter Europa as car number 94. Next it wore car number 335 the following May at the XXIII Mille Miglia.

Tullio Pacini of Rome purchased the car in November of 1956. It was sold a short time later, in February of 1957, to Saverio Gravino of Catania, Sicily. It was acquired in 1959 by Richard Hall who had the car imported to his home in New York and retained possession for three years. Marvin Katz of New York purchased the Alfa in January 1962. While in his care, the car was involved in a minor collision. In the process of repairs, Katz ultimately garaged the car to that end. The damaged car remained in storage for the next four decades, all the while displaying about 24,000 kilometers.

It was brought out of storage in mid-2001 and sold to Norbert Wollner, who re-sold it in February 2002 to A.C. Leerdam of Florida. Mr. Leerdam addressed some of the mechanical elements and had it entered in the preservation-style entry at the Winter Park Concours d'Elegance. Over the next few years, the Alfa was shown three more times at Winter Park, and once at the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance.

In June of 2013, the Super Sprint Zagato was sold to its current caretaker. A more thorough freshening soon began, including a complete repaint in the car's original color, refreshing the wiring and gearbox, and restoring and installing the original bumpers.

Currently, this car displays just 26,265 kilometers.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017
Sold for $1,100,000 at 2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island.
The Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint Zagato first appeared in 1954, and production continued until 1956. In September 1954, Elio Zagato acquired an early 1900 C chassis and added lightweight aluminum coachwork, which is regarded today as one of his finest designs. This car proved to be very competitive on the track, and a further 38 Zagato-bodied 1900 Super Springs were sanctioned by Alfa Romeo, including six that were entered in the 1955 Mille Miglia.

This car is the 17th of 21 cars built on the second-series chassis. It enjoyed a brief racing career at the Tour of Sicily in 1955 and the Mille Miglia in 1955 and 1956. A U.S. serviceman brought the car to the United States in 1959 then sold it to a New York owner in 1962. After the 1900 experienced a minor accident, it was put into storage for 40 years with less than 15,000 miles on the clock. It was acquired by its current owner in 2017 and has just been restored.



2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $800,000-USD $1,200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,100,000

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe
Chassis#: AR1900C*02163*
Sold for USD$351,500
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupe by Touring
Chassis#: AR1900C 02072
Sold for USD$224,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe
Chassis#: AR1900C*01879*
Sold for USD$210,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale by Boano
Chassis#: AR 1900C 01846
Sold for USD$1,270,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
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1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Zagato
Chassis#: AR 1900C 01915
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS image  1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS image  
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Speciale
Chassis#: AR1900C*01846*
Sold for USD$990,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe
Chassis#: AR1900C*01947
Sold for USD$1,012,000
  2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS image  1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Coupé by TouringAR 1900C 020742020 RM : The European Sale featuring the Petitjean Collection $220,000$300,000
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS CoupeAR1900C*020562019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $1,000,000$1,300,000
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SSN44672019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction   

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Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Touring Coupe Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS
1955 Speciale Coupe
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS
1955 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS
1955 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS
1955 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Boano
Chassis Num: AR 1900C 01846
Engine Num: AR1308 01207

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS
1955 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: AR 1900C 01915
Engine Num: AR1308 01048
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS
1955 Competition Berlinetta
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AR1900C 01742
Engine Num: AR1308 00690

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS
1955 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Chassis Num: AR1900C*01947
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS
1955 Aigle Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: AR1900C*01959*

Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS
1955 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: AR1900C*02163*
Engine Num: AR1308*01569*
Chassis information for the Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS
1955 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: AR1900CO1998

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS

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