953 ALFA ROMEO 1900C SPRINT
Presented at the 1950 Paris Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo 1900 was designed by Orazio Satta, a one-time understudy to 1930s Grand Prix engineer Wilfredo Ricart. The marque’s first assembly line-built model, the 1900 utilized unitary construction that specifically allowed coachbuilders to re-body it. Advertised as “the family car that wins races,” the 1900 was underpinned by an independent front suspension, live rear axle, and a sprightly twin-cam, inline four-cylinder engine. Finished in silver over a striking two-tone interior, this 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900C Sprint is one of 650 first-series examples built from 1951–1953 featuring the “C” – for “corto” or short (wheelbase) – chassis and elegant 2+2 coupe bodywork from Carrozzeria Touring.
Sold new in Torino, with a well-documented chain of owners in its native Italy, this 1900C Sprint was sold to Dutch car collector Dr. Paul F. Schouwenburg circa 2009, and acquired by well-known Florida-based collector Leo Schigiel in 2019. Understood to have been maintained in largely well-preserved, original condition, this car was subsequently sent to specialist MCW van der Meij for sympathetic mechanical and cosmetic work with invoices and correspondence on file. A participant in the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® Postwar Preservation Class, this car is accompanied by its tool kit, jack, knock-off hammer, and a plethora of historical documentation, including the original Italian libretto and FIVA Identity Card. Displaying a lovely unrestored patina, this 1900C Sprint is eligible for an array of driving and concours events, including the Mille Miglia, and is ready to be enjoyed by its next caretaker.
Coachwork by Touring
Chassis: AR1900C.01320Engine: AR1308.00321
- One of Approximately 650 First-Series Sprint Coupes Bodied by Touring
- Well-Preserved Example Benefiting from Recent Mechanical Restoration Work
- Displayed in the Postwar Preservation Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
- Eligible for Numerous Pre-1958 Driving Events Including the Mille Miglia
- Accompanied by Tool Kit, Jack, Italian Libretto, and Documentation File