1952 Alfa Romeo 1900C

Designed by Orazio Satta to meet the needs of a market represented by the middle class, the 1900 is the first Alfa Romeo built entirely on a production line. A modern, functional car, with outstanding characteristics, it is also cheap. Its weight is considerably reduced, thanks to the construction technique - used for the first time - of a body in which the bodyshell is one piece with the chassis. The 4-cylinder 1884 cc engine, well received even by the most demanding customers, has the same classic structure and generous performance typical of Alfa Romeo engines. The simple and functional bodywork style is characteristic of the Italian trend of the time. The model appears in various versions: as a normal saloon, a saloon TI, a sprint (with short and long wheel base), and a military off-road vehicle (the 'Matta' -'Crazy' car).

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Corto Gara Coupe
Coachwork: Touring
Chassis #: 01047
This unrestored 1952 Touring Superleggera-bodied Alfa 1900 Corto Gara was driven by Franco Cortese in the 1952 Mille Miglia. The Corto Gara, chassis 01047, is one of a smaller number of special competition cars that were prepared by the factory for the 1952 race. The car participated in the retrospective Mille Miglia in 1984, 1989, 1990, 1995, and 1997. It has also participated in numerous California Milles and has been a frequent participant in the Monterey Historic Races.

The Corto Gara cars had highly tuned 4-cylinder, 1884 cc engines with Weber carburetors and stiffer suspensions. Their interiors were a spartan version of the production car interior with a speed column shift and a chronometric Jaeger tachometer. The exterior was distinguished by the flat glass V-windshield, sliding Perspex side windows, louvered Perspex rear quarter window, Monza type fuel filler mounted in the tail (eliminating the trunk lid) and a single large driving light mounted on the grill.
1952 Alfa Romeo 1900C 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900C 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900C
Corto Gara Coupe
Coachwork: Touring
Chassis #: 01047
Competed in the 1952 Mille Miglia!
Alfa Romeo is an Italian automobile manufacturer founded in 1910, and it has been a part of the Fiat Group since 1986. The company was originally known as A.L.F.A. which is an acronym for Anoima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (or: Lombard Automobile Factory; Public Company).

The Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint Coupe was introduced in 1951. It had a 100 horsepower 4-cylinder twin overhead cam all-aluminum engine.

This car, serial number 1047, is the only survivor of six specially-made 'Corta Gara' (short race) cars made by Alfa Romeo for the 1952 race season. This car has a Touring 'Superleggera' (super light) aluminum body that was a lowered, reshaped, and lightened version of the series production Touring Sprint coupes. This Corta Gara has a highly-tuned 135 horsepower engine with twin Weber carburetors, a stiffer suspension, Jaeger tachometer, flat glass 'V' windshield, 80 liter gas tank with Monza-type fuel filler in the tail, no bumpers, and a driving light mounted on the grill.

This car competed in the 1952 Mille Miglia race, driven by Franco Cortese. It carried number 510 (the departure time). This car remains in unrestored original condition, except for the exterior paint and interior.

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Berlinetta
Coachwork: Touring
Chassis #: AR130800068
Sold for $96,250 at 2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions.
This 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900C Berlinetta is a five-window Superleggera and one of 650 first-series examples produced from 1951-53 by Touring. A three-year nut-and-bolt restoration has been performed on this car brining it to show quality level. This restoration process, including the 12-coat of final finish, was documented in the January 2006 issue of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car magazine. It is painted in blue paintwork with an interior in monochromatic shades of blue and rides on Borrani wire wheels. The car is a two-time Best of Show winner from the Saratoga Auto Museum.

In 2008, this vehicle was offered for sale at the 'Sports & Classics of Monterey' presented by RM Auctions. It had an estimated value of $70,000 - $90,000. It was offered without reserve and sold for a high bid of $55,000 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2009
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Berlinetta
Coachwork: Touring
Chassis #: AR1900C*01227
Engine #: AR1308*00218
Sold for $415,800 at 2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction.
The Alfa Romeo 1900 was the company's first all-new offering in the post-war period and was designed by Dr. Orazio Satta Puliga and intended for volume production. This was also the first Alfa to employ unitary construction. In keeping with the company's racing heritage, the 1900 was powered by a twin-overhead-camshaft engine. In the front was a wishbone and coil springs independent suspension setup with a live axle in the back.

The 1900 Sprint, launched in 1951, wore bodywork by Pinin Farina (cabriolet) and Touring (coupe). Both styles were powered by a 100bhp engine of the 1900TI sports saloon. The Sprint Coupe offered sporting performance with a 2+2 seating configuration. In June of 1954 the engine was enlarged to 1975cc and the model was re-named as the 'Super Sprint.'

This particular example is a 1st Series Alfa 1900 Sprint that was delivered new to Acireale, Italy on January 9, 1953. The car remained in Naples until 1962 when it was purchased by Freeport, Maine based enthusiast Robert Doucette. Doucette kept the car for the next 42 years before selling it to English collector Robin Otto in 2004.

Later in the car's life, the car was treated to a complete restoration which took four years to complete. After the work was completed, Mr. Otto used the car for three years before selling it to the current owner.

The car wears Superleggera aluminum coachwork by Touring which is finished in dark blue. The interior is finished in grey hides with matching cloth inserts. There is an Autovox radio that is fitted in the center of the dash. The car rides on four painted Borrani wire wheels which is kept in the driver's control via drum brakes. The 1884cc dual overhead cam inline four-cylinder engine is fitted with twin Weber carburetors and offering nearly 100 horsepower.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2015

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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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