„The family car that wins races“, designed by Orazio Satta for the Alfa Romeo company in 1950, the Alfa Romeo 1900 sports sedan was introduced for the first time in 1950 at the Paris Motor Show. The 1900 had a number of innovative features including unit chassis, and dual overhead cam inline-4 with hemispherical combustion chambers and aluminum alloy cylinder head. This is not surprising given that 1900 was Alfa Romeo’s first all new postwar model.
The 1900 was offered in two-door or four-door models, with a new 1,884 cc (bore 82.55 mm (3.3 in), stroke 88 mm (3.5 in)), 90 bhp (67 kW) and 4-cylinder twin cam engine. Transmission was a 4-speed manual on basic versions and 5-speed manual in Super Sprint version, while the brakes were drum brakes. The Alfa Romeo 1900 had independent front suspension (double wishbones, coil springs and hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers) and live rear axle.
A handful of special bodied 1900 C Sprint and Super Sprint (CS and CSS) coupes were also built, weighing several hundred pounds less and featuring stylish bodies by coachbuilders such as Bertone, Castagna, Touring, Vignale, and Zagato. The most attractive of these was five window coupe by Touring, and 949 units were built between 1951 and 1954, using Touring’s famous Superleggera construction. Most were fitted to Super specification chassis, but a handful were fitted to cars of the most desirable Super Sprint (or CSS) specification.
Sprint Coupé attracted such public acclaim that it was subsequently adopted as the basis for all future ‘aerodynamic’ Alfa Romeo coupés. One direct descendant was Giulietta Sprint in which the family resemblance is immediately obvious. In June 1954 the engine was enlarged to 1,975cc and the model re-designated as the ‘Super Sprint’. With 115bhp on tap and possessing an excellent power-to-weight ratio courtesy of the aluminium-alloy body, these cars could reach 118 mph. Around 854 Super Sprints had been made by the time production ceased.
Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint Superleggera Specification
1975 cc 4 cylinder
Maximum power output: 117 hp (129 BHP) (96 KW) at 5500 RPM
Torque: 152 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Top speed: 180 km/h (112 mph)
Acceleration 0-100 km:
Length: 4400 mm (173.2 in)
Width: 1600 mm (63.0 in)
Height: 1490 mm (58.7 in)