Designed by Dr. Orazio Satta Puliga and intended for volume production, the 1900 was the first Alfa Romeo to employ unitary construction. In keeping with the company’s sporting heritage, it was powered by a twin-overhead-camshaft, four-cylinder engine. Launched in 1951, the 1900 Sprint featured cabriolet coachwork by Pininfarina or a coupe body by Touring. Both models utilized the 100 bhp engine of the 1900 TI sports sedan.
Although Touring had been commissioned to produce the factory's official coupé, Pininfarina also built a small number of closed coupés on the 1900C (C = Corto = Short) chassis. According to H-J Dohren's authoritative book, 'Mille Nove', Pininfarina built only 100 cars with this very elegant body design on the 1900C Sprint chassis between 1952 and 1953. Pininfarina's was a notably lightweight design, typically using thin steel main panels with the bonnet, boot, and doors in aluminium.
The stunning example we are thrilled to offer for sale is 1 of only 9 factory right hand drive Pininfarina Coupés produced. It was constructed in early 1953 and for many years formed part of the celebrated Mario Rishini collection, widely recognised as one of the finest in Italy. Following its departure from the Righini Collection, this highly original Alfa was treated to an extensive restoration in the Netherlands and the UK by marque experts in preparation for its participation in the 2015 Mille Miglia Storica.
During the restoration the car was returned to its original factory Metallic Grey colour and the seats were re-trimmed in period-correct mohair. The current owner purchased the vehicle in early 2015 and swiftly campaigned it in the world famous Mille Miglia Storica in May, 2015.
In 2018, the car underwent a major service with former Manuel Fangio mechanic and recognised specialist Giuseppe Candini in Modena. This previous Mille Miglia entrant is now offered with a current FIVA identity card, original tool roll and a selection of photographs detailing its restoration. The car would be welcomed with open arms into a wide variety of Historic rallies and events around the world. Contact us now for more information or to arrange a viewing.