1954 Alfa Romeo 1900
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Paris event, 6 February 2019. Estimate:€250.000 - €300.000
This second-series 1900C Super Sprint with Touring coachwork is one of only 540 examples built by Alfa Romeo. According to factory records, chassis no. 01788 was produced on 5 May 1954 and sold new in Milan on 27 October 1954 via the dealer A. & L Rotondi. The car remained in Italy until October 1965, where it was sold and exported to the U.S.
In 1972, the Alfa was purchased by Christopher Curtiss of Arizona, who sold the car for just $500 to Filippo de Benedetto of Tucson in 1979. After having changed hands a few more times in the U.S., including passing through Bruce Campbell in California in the mid-1990s, it was purchased by Jose Maria Boneu Torres of Lleida, Spain, in 2009. Later acquired by the current owner from Gibraltar, the car was sent to Toro Classics in Jerez, Spain. There, the car underwent a meticulous 3,000-hour restoration, only completed this past summer. Nothing was left untouched in an effort to bring the car to superb condition both inside and out, with the same level of detail lavished on the mechanical components and undercarriage as well as the paint, brightwork and interior.
This 1900 CSS comes with an Alfa Romeo certificate outlining its build specifications and features the desirable floor shift, five-speed, full-synchro manual transmission and the rare optional rear folding seat. Highly documented throughout, including invoices and photos from its recent restoration at Toro Classics, this 1900 CSS is ready to take on a new, thrilling second life. It is more than ready to be shown and is equally prepared to be driven and enjoyed with its next owner. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa19.