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1954 Alfa Romeo 1900

After World War II it took Alfa Romeo two years to resume production. The Portello works had been leveled during the war and by 1947 Alfa Romeo had finally dug itself out of the rubble and production resumed. The models that left the factory were simply updated versions of its prewar designs. The first postwar design was introduced in 1950. It was called the 1900 and its four-cylinder engine continued the twin-cam tradition, but featured a one-piece cast-iron and aluminum block. Depending on the state of tune, it produced from 90 to 115 horsepower. This would be the last Alfa Romeo model to utilize the classic valve-adjusting mechanism. They had unit-body construction and a modern style pressed steel saloon bodyshell. With the unit-body construction, the 1900 was much less expensive to produce than any they had built in the Portello plant to date. The suspension was a solid rear axle setup that was well located with a triangulating link and radius arms. In the front were double wishbone suspension arms and large finned-aluminum drum brakes provided the stopping power.

Most bodystyles were sedans and coupes, although a handful of roadsters were built. The coupes were formed from aluminum while steel was used for the sedans. Coupes were commonly offered as three-window or five-window depending on the side glass configuration.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2019

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Much of Europe was devastated by bombing and attacks during World War II and factories that had been producing vehicles switched to producing materials and vehicles in support of the war efforts. The war ended in 1947 and by 1950 Alfa Romeo had a new vehicle ready for serious production. It was designed by Dr. Orazio Satta Puliga and was the first Alfa Romeo to use unitary construction. Under the....
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The Alfa Romeo 1900 Series was produced from the very early 1900s through 1959. It was designed by Italian designer, Orazio Satta, and became the companys first car built on a production line. This vehicle signaled a radical departure from the type of business Alfa Romeo had constructed in the pre-War era. This shift towards an affordable production automobile was a necessary evolution for the....
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1954 Vehicle Profiles

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Ghia

Chassis Num: AR1900.01089
Engine Num: AR1306.09615

The Ghia-bodied 1900 Alfa Romeo Coupes were designed by the legendary Italian designer Giovanni Savonuzzi. No two of the hand built Ghia-bodied cars were identical to each other. Each had a variety of subtle detail changes; this car has a striking si....[continue reading]

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 vehicle information

SS Coupe
Coachwork: Zagato

Chassis Num: AR1900C 01909
Engine Num: AR1308 10480

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 Alf....[continue reading]

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 vehicle information

SS Coupe
Coachwork: Zagato

Chassis Num: AR1900C *01742*
Engine Num: AR1308 00690

The Alfa Romeo 1900 Series, engineered by Orazio Satta, was the company's first model built on a standardized production line with unitized construction and available left-hand drive. It would quickly evolve into the short-wheelbase 1900 C, with the ....[continue reading]

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 vehicle information

SS Coupe
Coachwork: Zagato

Many of the Zagato Berlinetta, also known as the SSZ, were made specifically for racing. Only 39 were built, matching Zagato's aerodynamic efficiency and light weight body design with the most potent version of Alfa Romeo. The 'SS' is for Super Sport....[continue reading]

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 vehicle information

SS Coupe
Coachwork: Zagato

The Alfa Romeo 1900 was presented in 1950 at the Paris Salon, and was offered as a four-door sedan and two-door coupe. Styled by Alfa's design director, Orazio Satta Puliga, it was Alfa's first new postwar production model; first built on an assembly....[continue reading]

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Ghia

Chassis Num: AR 1900C 01838

Alfa Romeo's first post-war production model was the 1900 and the company's first car to utilize unit-body construction. It was smaller and more compact than the pre-war designed 6C 2500. The unit-body construction made it more difficult for Italy's ....[continue reading]

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: AR1900C.01647
Engine Num: AR1308.00648

The Alfa Romeo 1900 was built on a standardized production line and given a modern unitized body and chassis design. It was the first Alfa Romeo offered with left-hand steering. Through its production lifespan, several variants were introduced, inclu....[continue reading]

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 vehicle information

SS Coupe
Coachwork: Zagato

The first Alfa Romeo 1900 saloon was introduced at the Paris Auto Show in 1950. Advertised as the 'family car that wins races,' the sporty model included a new 90 horsepower, twin overhead cam, straight-4 engine and independent front suspension with ....[continue reading]

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 vehicle information

SS Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: AR1900*01678*
Engine Num: AR1308*00792*

This Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe is a five-window Touring-bodied 1900C that was manufactured in late March 1954, finished in Verde Ortico (Nettle Green) paint. It was sold in July through Filiale Milano to the Società per il Commercio dei Prodotti Alfa....[continue reading]

Coupe by Ghia
Chassis #: AR1900.01089 
SS Coupe by Zagato
Chassis #: AR1900C 01909 
SS Coupe by Zagato
Chassis #: AR1900C *01742* 
SS Coupe by Zagato
 
SS Coupe by Zagato
 
Coupe by Ghia
Chassis #: AR 1900C 01838 
Coupe by Pininfarina
Chassis #: AR1900C.01647 
SS Coupe by Zagato
 
SS Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: AR1900*01678* 


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Alfa Romeo Monthly Sales Volume

June 2019
1,595
May 2019
1,572
April 2019
1,584
March 2019
1,774
February 2019
1,362
January 2019
1,150
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Performance and Specification Comparison

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Alfa Romeo
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)32,089
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)22,199
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)57,870
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)11,748
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)5,919
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)3,826
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)3,477
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)451

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