1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 Berlina

Complete car for straightforward restoration; rust-free shell; factory RHD; exciting winter project with lots of potential 

From 1910 to 1939 Alfa Romeo was famous for making expensive and semi-bespoke racing cars and luxury tourers. During World War Two the factory in Milan was devastated by Allied bombing and when production resumed in 1947, company boss Vittorio Jano decided to take the marque in a completely new direction, installing a modern production line suitable for producing sports cars in large volumes using new unitary construction techniques.
The first fruit of this new strategy was the Alfa Romeo 1900 Berlina, a sporting saloon designed by Orazio Satta and launched at the 1950 Paris Motor Show. Billed as "The family car that wins races" (alluding to the car’s success in the Targa Florio, Stella Alpina and other prestigious events), it was powered by a new 1,884cc four-cylinder twin cam engine producing 90bhp. Mated to a column-change four-speed manual gearbox, this gave the car a top speed of 95mph with equally potent Alfin drum brakes and sophisticated independent front suspension (double wishbones, coil springs and hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers) with an exceptionally well-located live rear axle.
A higher performance twin carb version soon followed, the TI Super Berlina, along with a raft of special bodied coupe and cabriolet versions by coachbuilders like Touring, Zagato, Farina, Ghia, Vignale and Boano, the unibody chassis having been specifically designed to accommodate such bespoke tailoring – a typical Alfa touch which not only protected the livelihoods of the traditional carozzeria but also widened the appeal of the 1900 platform and put it high on the wish-list of the well-heeled motoring elite. Today these special bodied 1900 coupes and cabriolets routinely fetch £200k+ at auction which makes the mechanically identical Berlina look like a steal by comparison.
This 1900 Berlina is an original factory RHD example that dates from 1955 (all Alfas were RHD prior to 1950, the 1900 being the first model to be made available in LHD). Nothing is known of the history of the car, but we are reliably informed that it was imported from New Zealand about 20 years ago, our vendor acquiring it in a dismantled state about five years ago from a gentleman in Birmingham.
A retired motor engineer, the vendor was planning to restore the car and has already replaced the floor pans and repaired the bottoms of the doors, these being the only areas of the bodywork that required attention – the rest of the structure proving remarkably rust-free. He has also stripped the engine down and reports that it appears to be in good shape with minimal signs of wear to the bores.
He believes that the car is largely complete, the only parts he knows to be missing being the dash instruments and the centre section of the front grille. However, it is entirely possible that other minor items may also prove to be missing when the process of reassembly gets underway, so it is being sold here strictly on a ‘what you see is what you get’ basis.

We have photographed all the parts that come with the car (as shown on the website) but potential bidders are welcome to come and inspect them in person prior to the auction. The rolling chassis is already on site at Brightwells but the parts are being stored separately at the vendor’s workshop about 15 miles away and will need to be collected from there once the car is sold.

There are no documents with the car but its identity has already been verified by a marque expert from the owner's club, the chassis and engine numbers are correct and clearly visible, so getting a V5C should be straightforward using the usual channels.
Only reluctantly for sale because the vendor has too many other projects on the go and not enough room to work on them all, this rare and sporting Alfa is rock solid structurally and should keep someone gainfully amused as they piece it back together over the coming months. Pull your finger out and it could be back on the road for the summer…

Documents: There are no documents with this vehicle

For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email [email protected]

Chassis Number: AR1900-13153
Engine Number: AR1306-14184
Engine Size: 1884cc

Sale Section & Buyers Premium (ex VAT): Car 12%, Minimum £150

Estimate: £8,000-10,000

Lot 15

Lot ended

Wednesday 16/02/2022

Hammer Price (inc. buyers premium)

Not Sold

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