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1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Coupé Lugano

Designer: Giovanni Michelotti, Torino (I)

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coachbuilder: Carrosserie Ghia S.A., Lugano (CH)

AR 1900C.10099 (1957)

engine AR 1308.10149

13/09/1956 chassis shipped to Alfa Romeo Suisse, Agno/TI (CH)
02/1957 bodied at Ghia Aigle
colour: dark green; no foglights, small horizontal rear lights

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14–24/03/1957 presented at 27. Salon International de l´Automobile in Genève (CH)
colour: silver, interior: red leather; foglights added

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18/03/1957 owner Nino Peschio (Garage Pesa), Lausanne (CH)
registration VD xxxxx (CH)

1961 owner Kurt Guggisberg, Kehlhof-Stäfa/ZH (CH)
registration ZH 9595

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10/03/1965 (85,480 km) owner Horst Reincke, Tann/ZH (CH), 5,500 CHF
registration ZH 92577
25/05/1967 (107,470 km) repainted forest green (ital. verde bosco)

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(113,300 km) changed to floor mounted gearshift lever
01/05/1969 (114,650 km) engine caught fire, repainted silver

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1970 owner N.N. (car dealer)

1970 (116,000 km) owner Hans Meyer, Adestwil/ZH (CH)

19/09/1972 owner Jakob Stoessel, Saland/ZH (CH), 800 CHF
21/09/1972 registered with interchangeable license plate ZH 269983

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09/02/1973 unregistered

ca. 12/1977 (120,000 km) owner Arno Flach, Neuhaus (CH), 3,000 CHF
1979–09/1985 restoration

09/1985 (20,985 km) registered SG 42510
15–17/11/1985 shown at Alfa Romeo 75th anniversary exhibition at Lidoc Garage AG, Chur (CH)
02/07/1986 registered SG 27329

08/08/1988 owner Peter G. Sachs (Goldman Sachs, The Klemantaski Collection), Stamford (Conneticut, USA), 50,000 CHF
10/1988 ad in Motor Sport
10/1988 ad in Velocissima by High Performance Cars, Waltham (Massachusetts, USA), asking price $ 125,000
05/1990 ad in Hemming´s Motor News by Creative Imports, Costa Mesa (California, USA)

199x Japanese owner N.N., Los Angeles (USA)
199x ad by Bial Bero Corporation (J)

1998 owner Jun Yamaguchi, Kobe (J)
bumpers removed

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05/1998 registered in Kobe with license plate 530 19-00 (japan. = Kobe 530 Sa 19-00)
17–22/10/1998 entry no. 36 at La Festa Mille Miglia `98 (J)
10–11/05/2003 entry no. 19 at Ponte Perle 2003 in Kobe-Okayama (J)

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03/2006 owner Jiron Auto Mobil Co., Osaka (J)
registered in Naniwa (J) with license plate な にわ 501 75-06 (japan. = Naniwa 501 Se 75-06)
14–16/04/2006 entry no.76 at Ponte-Perle 2006 in Kobe-Okayama (J); driver: Masaya Yoshida (Jiron Auto Mobil Co. owner family)

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2006 offered for sale by Jiron Auto Mobil Co., Osaka (J), at 65,000 EUR (Arno Flach, pers. comm. 02/06/2006)

05/2006 owner Manabu Nishikawa, Watarai (Mie, J)
12/05/2006 (37,000 km) registered with license plate 三 重 530 19-00 (japan. = Mie 530 Ta 19-00)
bumpers refitted

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AR 1900C.10438 (1959)

16/02/1957 production date of chassis AR 1900C.10207 (Marco Fazio, Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo, personal communication 02/09/2014)

21/03/1957 (invoice date) rolling chassis (ital. telaio nudo) sold to Società Anonima per il Commercio dei Prodotti Alfa Romeo, Lugano/TI (CH) (together with AR 1900C.10438 and AR 1900C.10482) (Marco Fazio, Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo, personal communication 02/09/2014)

(1982) owner Nicola di Fulvio, Vevey (CH)
registered in Canton Vaud with license plate VD 691 U
colour: dark blue metallic
05/1982 participation at an Alfa Romeo meeting in Murten (CH)

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03/1994 for sale by Christoph Grohe, Gilly (CH) (reported in Alfa Romeo 1900 Register 06/1994; today in Buchillon, CH)

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22.9.1994 owner Axel Marx, Lugano (CH)
ca. 1997–1998 restoration
colour: black
registered with interchangeable license plate TI 2586
20–22/04/2001 entrant no. 10 (group 'Cars with closed bodywork of up to 2,000 ccm') at Concorso d´Eleganza Villa d´Este in Cernobbio (I) with temporary registration TI 21092

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AR 1900C.10439 (1959)

07/02/1957 production date of chassis AR 1900C.10207 (Marco Fazio, Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo, personal communication 02/09/2014)

21/03/1957 (invoice date) rolling chassis (ital. telaio nudo) sold to Società Anonima per il Commercio dei Prodotti Alfa Romeo, Lugano/TI (CH) (together with AR 1900C.10438 and AR 1900C.10482) (Marco Fazio, Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo, personal communication 02/09/2014)

1982 interior retrimmed
1993 bodywork renovated
(26/03/2010) owner Claude Paris, Frenières-sur-Bex/VD (CH)
registered with license plate VD 1448 U
colour: silver metallic, interior: black leather
25/05/2013 (km 60,617) offered as lot 12 at Bonhams auction 21284 “The Spa classic sale” at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot (B); not sold, highest bid 78,335 € (estimate 95,000–140,000 €)

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owner Nicolas Hollanders de Ouderaen (OPUS S.A.), Grez-Doiceau (B)
16–19/04/2015 (km 60,930) offered for sale at Techno Classica, Essen (D); asking price 230,000 €
2015 new roof colour: dark grey
05/09/2015 (km 60,99x) offered as lot 6 at Bonhams auction 23127 “The Chantilly Sale” in Chantilly (F); estimate 160,000–220,000 €, not sold

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06–08/11/2015 offered for sale at InterClassics, Bruxelles (B)

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19/08/2016 (km 61,036) sold as lot 43 at Bonhams auction 23425 “Quail Lodge Auction” at Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel (California, USA); price US$ 165,000 US-$ (145,682 €) incl. buyer´s premium (estimate 140,000–160,000 €)

19/08/2016 owner N.N.

AR 1900C.10482

14/03/1957 production date of chassis AR 1900C.10207 (Marco Fazio, Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo, personal communication 02/09/2014)

21/03/1957 (invoice date) rolling chassis (ital. telaio nudo) sold to Società Anonima per il Commercio dei Prodotti Alfa Romeo, Lugano/TI (CH) (together with AR 1900C.10438 and AR 1900C.10439) (Marco Fazio, Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo, personal communication 02/09/2014)

(1985) owner Jean-Claude Caveng (Garage I.C.C.), Chêne-Bougeries (CH)
engine AR 1308.10516 (not original; Mario Fazio, personal communication 02/09/2014)
dark blue
07/03/1985, 17/05/1985 offered in Automobil Revue (CH) at 17,900 CHF

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restoration
new colour: silver with black roof; interior: beige leather
registration GE 2386 U
10/1987 participation at Journée de l´Automobile in Rolle/VD (CH); start no. 17

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16/05/1991 offered in Automobil Revue (CH) at 49,000 CHF

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owner: N.N., Zürich (CH)
(30/10/2012) restoration near Karlsruhe (D)
new colour: beige with brown roof; interior: brown leather; middle section of front bumper removed
23/04/2016 offered as lot 57 by Oldtimer-Galerie Toffen in Toffen (CH); estimate 260,000–280,000 CHF, maximum bid 185,000 CHF (= 168,488 EUR), not sold (von Rotz 2016a)
11/06/2016 auctioned as lot 45 by Oldtimer-Galerie Toffen before the 22. DolderClassics in Zürich (CH); estimate 260,000–280,000 CHF, maximum bid 145,000 CHF (= 133,028 EUR), acceptance under reserve (von Rotz 2016b)
(27/08/2016) offered for sale by Lutziger Classic Cars, Bergdietikon (CH) at 228,900 CHF: www.lutziger-classiccars.ch, www.zwischengas.com

2.–4.2.2017 offered for sale at Bremen Classic Motorhow (D)

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Cars with unknown chassis no. (1957)

14–24/03/1957 presented at 27. Salon International de l´Automobile in Genève (CH)

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(1959) rear lights horizontal

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ca. 1966–1968 offered by N.N. (second hand car dealer), Lugano (CH)
colour: brownish/deep red metallic; rear end collission (boot ended almost directly behind the rear window), 5 speed floor gear shift, wooden steering wheel (Nardi)
ca. 1967–1969 offered by junkyard north of Locarno at ca. 1000 CHF (Paul F. Schouwenburg, NL, pers. comm. 19/12/2006)

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Technical Specifications

Chassis

Alfa Romeo 1900 C Super Sprint (CSS) (1954–1958)
platform chassis (rolling chassis; ital. telaio nudo)

Engine

type AR1308, frontal, watercooled, 4-cylinder straight engine, aluminium cylinder head with double overhead camshafts (DOHC) driven by duplex chain with gear wheels, 2 two chambers carburettors (Solex 40 PII)

Bore and stroke

84.5 × 88.0 mm, compression 8.0:1

Total displacement

1975 cm³

Power

115 DIN-PS at 5500 U/min

Max. torque

15.5 mkg (= 152 Nm) at 3500 U/min

Power to weight ratio

11.2 kg/PS

Transmission

5 speed synchromesh gearbox with steering column gear change, single dry plate clutch, differential with hypoid gears, rear transmission

Front axle

independend wheels with transverse quadrilaterals, anti-roll bar, helical springs, telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers; recirculating ball steering (worm and sector)

Rear axle

live axle, lower longitudinal struts for thrust, triangulated link between floorpan and the top of the differential case, helical springs, telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers

Brakes

hydraulic brakes (front two cylinders, rear single cylinder), cast-iron linings (width 80 mm), aluminum drums (306 mm) with angled cooling fins (Girling), turbo cooling with additional air baffles

Body

body welded to platform chassis

Length x Width x Height

(Touring Coupé: 4405 x 1630 x 1350 mm); wheelbase 2500 mm

Unloaden kerbweight

1290 kg
(Limousine: 1140 kg, Touring Coupé: 1050 kg)

Top speed

180 km/h
(Limousine: 180 km/h, Touring Coupé: 190 km/h)

Fuel consumption

12,5 litres per 100 km (Limousine 1900 T.I. Super, under Italian CUNA regulations)
(Touring Coupé, 125 PS, Test Motor Revue 11/1954: 12–15 litre per 100 km)

Year of construction

1957

Production quantity

4 with known chassis number + 3 unidentified

Publikationen

Rotz (2013)

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