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1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Super Sprint Zagato

Chassis no. AR1900C*01931
Engine no. AR130800942
Coachbuilder Zagato
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1st and current chassis no. ar1900c*01931
1st January 1955
1st body
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Colour: Two tone: light grey-red.
1st and current interior
Seats: Grey
1st and current engine no. ar130800942
Manufacturer: ALFA ROMEO (IT)
Plate: TI13523
Country: CH
From 21st February 1955
to June 1955
Owner: Vittorio Vanini (CH)
Famous owner: Owner of Vanini S.A. Pasticceria-Confetteria and gentleman driver
Note: Delivered new early in 1955 to Vittorio Vanini - a successful wealthy privateer of the period, from the famous family of Swiss chocolatiers - through Sonvico, the Alfa Romeo dealer in Lugano, in the Swiss canton of Ticino, the rakish two-tone Zagato berlinetta was registered ‘TI 13523’
From 30th April 1955
to 1st May 1955
Event: XXII Mille Miglia - Coppa Franco Mazzotti
Locality: Brescia (IT)
Race number: #451
Category / Group: Gran Turismo
Class: Oltre 1.300 cm3
Driver: Vittorio Vanini (CH)
Co-Driver: Ivo Badaracco (CH)
Results / Prizes: 19th OA / 7th CL
Time: Start: 4.5'00"- Brescia-Roma: 6.44’46"- Brescia-Roma-Brescia: 12.56'11"
May 1955
Press review: Unknown author, "Excellente Course Des Suisses Aux Mille Miglia", Unknown , 2020
1st May 1955
Event: II Gran Premio Nuvolari della Mille Miglia
Locality: Cremona-Mantova-Brescia (IT)
Race number: #451
Driver: Vittorio Vanini (CH)
Co-Driver: Ivo Badaracco (CH)
2nd May 1955
Press review: Unknown, "Molto Merito Per Ivo E Vittorio", Unknown , no. 13, 05-1955, pp. 1
From June 1955
to 1957
Owner: Alfred Coppel (CH)
Famous owner: American author
Note: He was sent to Europe to cover the 1955 race activities by a sports car magazine. He and his wife were following the races, traveling from circuit to circuit, when they happened upon this Alfa Romeo for sale. It had just completed competing in the Mille Miglia. They purchased the car to provide themselves with their own means of transportation to the remaining races that season. After the conclusion of racing that season, the couple decided to have the car shipped home to San Francisco. The plan was the wife was going to use it for a second car. After a short time in which it was evident that the potent racing car was not suited to stops and starts on the hilly streets of their home city, it was traded in for a Jaguar at local British Motor Works dealership
11th September 1955
Event: VII Coppa Intereuropa
Locality: Monza (IT)
Race number: #88
Driver: Vittorio Vanini (CH)
Co-Driver: Ivo Badaracco (CH)
Results / Prizes: 11th OA
From 15th September 1956
to 1957
Plate: TI16104
Country: CH
From 1957
to 22nd October 2012
Plate: MGR299
Country: US
From 1957
to 22nd October 2012
Owner: William Hyde Bill Ebeling (US)
Note: Mr. Ebling saw the car advertised for sale by the dealership in the local newspaper. He negotiated a deal where he traded in a MG-TD and gave them $800 in exchange for 01931. Mr. Ebling s drove the car regularly for several years around the bay area. It was during his ownership that it became red, and it was a familiar sight in the Bay area for many years before moving, with its owner, to Myrtle Creek, Oregon, in the mid-1960s. The car remained in his garage until 2012 and, aside from some dismantling of minor trim components and other ancillary parts (all of which were carefully stored) sat there untouched and unseen for the best part of the last half-century
2nd body
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Colour: Red
Generic fact: Other photos
October 1990
Bibliography: Orsini Luigi, Mille Miglia Una Corsa Italiana , Abiemme, n.p. 1990
July 1994
Bibliography: De Boer John, The Italian Car Registry - John Fulton De Boer , Unknown publisher, n.p. 1994
Generic fact: Other photos
3rd and current body
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Type: Fastback coupe
Colour: Two tone: light grey-red
Record: On Sale By Kidston but it was sold privately
Restoration: Photo electrical system
23rd October 2012
Record: Oregon Vehicle Certificate of Title
From 23rd October 2012
to 19th November 2012
Note: Donation William Hyde Bill Ebeling
From 23rd October 2012
to 2014
Plate: NN6891
Country: US
From 20th November 2012
to 2014
Note: They did, painstakingly bringing the car back to original condition, even reuniting it with its first Swiss registration, ‘TI 13523’, acquired from the Vanini family.
5th December 2012
Record: Mail Vern Liesinger to Emanuele Collo about the US history of the car
February 2013
Press review: Unknown author, "Discovered", Classiccars , 02-2013, pp. 26
From 2014
to currently
Owner: Private collection
From 18th September 2014
to 21st September 2014
Event: Gran Premio Nuvolari
Locality: Mantova (IT)
Race number: #144
Driver: Paolo Carlini (IT)
Co-Driver: Alberto Martegani (CH)
Results / Prizes: 174th OA
From 17th May 2016
to 22nd May 2016
Event: Mille Miglia
Locality: Brescia (IT)
Race number: #352
Driver: Davide Parmegiani (IT)
Co-Driver: Monica Bonzi (IT)
Results / Prizes: 278th OA
From 5th May 2017
to 7th January 2018
Event: 90 anni, 1000 Miglia
Locality: Brescia (IT)
From 18th May 2017
to 21st May 2017
Event: Mille Miglia
Locality: Brescia (IT)
Race number: #370
Driver: Davide Parmegiani (IT)
Co-Driver: Monica Bonzi (IT)
Results / Prizes: DNF
From 8th September 2018
to 9th September 2018
Event: Stefano Ricci Heritage Trophy
Locality: Firenze (IT)
November 2018
Bibliography: Binelli Sandro, Mille Miglia's Chassis - The Ultimate Opus Volume I , Automotive Masterpieces Srl, Genova 2018
December 2018
Bibliography: Dolcini Carlo, Orizzonte Perduto Mille Miglia 1947-1956 , Ela, n.p. 2018
Press review: Unknown author, "Il Luganese Ivo Badaracco , In Coppia Con Vittorio Vanini", Unknown , 2020, pp. 140
Press review: Unknown author, "Des Mille Miles, Il Ne Restera Que Le Nom!", Unknown , 2020
Bibliography: Binelli Sandro, Coppa Intereuropa's Chassis - The Ultimate Opus Volume I , Automotive Masterpieces Srl, Genova 2023