Rare and Desirable Era Evoking Alfa Romeo

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupé
Coachwork by Touring

Chassis No. AR1900C*01678*
Engine No. AR1308*00792* (Matching Numbers)
Touring Body No. 4105

Type: Tipo 3 “Five-Window” Berlinetta
Manufacture Date: March 22, 1954
Sold Date: July 9, 1954
Exterior Color: Verde Ortica
Destination: Lugano, Switzerland

Rare and Desirable Era Evoking Alfa Romeo Model
A Superb Restored Example of Carrozzeria Touring's Five-Window Superleggera Coupé
Exceptionally Presented in Original and Attractive Verde Ortica Color
Equipped with Matching-Numbers Tipo 1308 2.0L Engine, per Museo Storico Alfa Romeo
Ideal for Immediate Vintage Touring & Display
Eligible for Top-Level Driving & Concours Events
2021 & 2022 Mechanical Tune-Ups for Continued Enjoyment
Important Ownership History and Pedigree
Well Documented with Records, Ownership History, Centro Documentazione Alfa Romeo Correspondence, Restoration Photos, Registrations & More…

Alfa's 1900CSS models were the most developed and best performing of the 1900 Series of vehicles Alfa built from 1950 to 1959. These “Short-Chassis, Super Sport” models incorporated a variety of specialized components all fitted to a lightened chassis and custom coachwork. Under the skin they used improved performance-oriented features such as a specialized engine and gearbox combination, improved suspension, brakes, oversized fuel tank and stronger, reinforced wire wheels.

According to Centro Documentazione Alfa Romeo, 01678 was completed on March 22, 1954 and sold new through Filiale Milano to the Società per il Commercio dei Prodotti Alfa Romeo in Lugano, Switzerland on July 9 of that year. This exceptional 1900C SS from the second series, came equipped with the Tipo 1308 twin-Solex engine, finished in Verde Ortica (Nettle Green) paint.

The 1900css presumably remained in Swiss care, and eventually was acquired by well-known Swiss collector Carlo Vögele in 1990. Prior to his purchase, 01678 had been parked since 1972. Mr. Vögele commissioned Carrozzeria Lopane in Milan to conduct an extensive photo documented restoration, including a repaint in dark red. It was delivered to Lopane in running and driving order.

By March 1998, the Super Sprint was under another Swiss collector's stewardship, and later acquired in 2003 by Christophe Bode of Munich, Germany. 01678 would join Ian Wade's private museum in Yorkshire, UK – a substantial and highly important collection of Italian automobiles.

In 2017, under previous ownership, the 1900 would receive an additional cosmetic restoration undertaken by Rome-based firm RizzaClassic - returning the car to its original configuration and appearance, including the factory-correct Verde Ortica exterior paint color. This attractive dark metallic green is complimented by an interior re-created to original patterns using period-appropriate materials—in this case, tan leather and cloth with tan wool carpets. Of note the body is laser straight and with an excellent fit and finish that is seldom seen. Chrome and other brightwork was refinished as well, again to a very high standard. Proper Borrani wire wheels with two-ear knock-offs complete.

Today, the Alfa Romeo presents exceptionally well and authentic throughout as an excellent candidate for continued show and display, however, importantly it remains eligible for prestigious vintage rallies and tours, including the Mille Miglia. This CSS would receive 2021 and 2022 mechanical inspections, detailing and tune-ups for continued driving enjoyment. The car is accompanied by a dossier of historical files, photographic binder its first restoration, Swiss logbook (copy), previous German registration(copy), records detailing recent maintenance, and historical research from Alfa Romeo and FCA. 01678 is further supported with a concourse quality tool roll and matching Borrani spare wheel. We offer this outstanding, numbers matching 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupé for worldwide purchase from our Houston, Texas showroom.

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