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  Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Boano Coupe

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1955
Numbers built:1
Introduced at:1955 Turin Motor Show
Designed by:Boano
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:October 10, 2017
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Click here to download printer friendly versionKnowing that this design would be used for the entire production run, the Alfa Romeo designers spent many hours in the wind tunnel to perfect the 1900's shape. The result was an understated and elegant design. Two years in the making, the Alfa Romeo 1900 Berlina debuted in 1950. The first 'modern' Alfa could carry six passengers and was an immediate hit. Between 1950 and 1954 over 7400 examples of the 'basic' version were produced, making it the best selling model up to that date for the Milanese company.

For a moment it looked like Alfa Romeo had gone all sensible, but in 1952 a more powerful T.I. version was added to the line-up. In 1954, the range was revitalised with the introduction of the Super with a slightly larger and even more powerful engine. The ultimate version was the Super Sprint, which packed a 115 bhp engine. A 1900C was created specifically for coach-builders like Touring, Pinin Farina, Zagato and Ghia. The bodies fitted ranged from luxurious two seaters to spartan racing cars, which proved very successful in the popular two litre racing class.

It is safe to say that Alfa Romeo's timely switch of policy to appeal to a broader audience has ensured the company's survival. Alfa Romeo's old rivals Talbot Lago and Delahaye did not readjust and neither made it through the difficult 1950s. The 1900 was not only instrumental in Alfa's survival, it also formed the basis for some of the era's finest and extravagant designs. These ranged from the elegant Touring and Pinin Farina Coupes, to the race winning Zagato Coupes, to Bertone's three BATs.

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