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1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Super Sprint Zagato
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In 1954, the range of Alfa Romeo 1900 was modernize with the introduction of the Super with a larger and even more powerful engine. The better version was the Super Sprint, which was fitted with a 115 bhp engine. A 1900C was created specifically for coach-builders like Touring, Pinin Farina, Zagato and Ghia.
The Alfa Romeo 1900 C Super Sprint Zagato represent the maximum expression of Zagato cues in terms of lightweight bodyworks and aerodynamic efficiency. The very successful but heavy sedan 1900 Berlina was worked from Zagato during the first half of 50s in order to provide the Gentleman drivers of the GT category with a modern and very efficient car, designed on the 1900 short wheelbase chassis, offered from Alfa Romeo.
The 1900 SSZ (as unofficially designation known) is the sum of many different innovations like the rounded shapes around the big Alfa Romeo 2-litres engine, the B pillars integrated in the side glasses with an extremely light aluminium frame, an aerodynamic lightweight aluminum body and, on some of the 1900 SSZ built, the famous Zagato's trademark double bubble roof “doppia gobba” which was able to lower the front section of the car and to increase the stiffness of the roof.
These cars were individually hand-crafted. It is thought that just 39 examples (plus two bare chassis) of the 1900SSZ were built from 1954 to 1957, and they are regarded as the pinnacle of 1950s production Alfa Romeos.
The first owners of the chassis 02060 were the driver Luigi Taramazzo and Giovanni Pietro Gerino for a few months. Following them was the gentleman driver Paolo Lena to drive the SSZ to Mille Miglia and the Rally del Sestriére in 1956.
Among the owners - through his company - even Martin Swig, the founder of the Amici Americani della Mille Miglia Club and organizer of the California Mille.