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  1956 ALFA ROMEO 1900 SSZ (Super Sprint Zagato)

Country of Manufacture: Italy        Vin #: 10405
Model Type: 2 Door Coupe
Body Designer: Zagato (Fabio Luigi Rapi)
Engine: In-line 4 Cylinder (1975cc)
Horsepower: 115 bhp at 5500 rpm
Torque:
Transmission:
Steering Column Mounted 5 Speed
Suspension:
Front-Independent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar.
Rear-Coil sprung live axle on two trailing links, a Panhard bar and one triangular anti-torque link.
Brakes:
Front- Drum
Rear- Drum
Top Speed: 112 mph

History: The Alfa Romeo 1900 4 door sedan first appeared in 1950 and "Sprint" coupe variants began to appear in 1951. For added performance the coupes had a dual carburetor setup. Sprint (1884cc) engine output was initially 100 bhp, but with the 1956 introduction of the second series Super Sprint (1975cc), engine output increased to 115 bhp.

Production: Alfa Romeo built a total of 21,304 1900's of all types. The vast majority were basic 4 door sedans, but 1800 shortened wheelbase examples labeled "Sprint (1884cc) or "Super Sprint" (1975cc) were built by several different coachbuilders. The most interesting and certainly the most aggressively styled were the 41 cars built in 2 series by Zagato (39 coupes and 2 convertibles). Due to their lightweight construction, the Zagato's were very successful on the European race circuit. This particular vehicle is one of just 6 Zagato's 1900's built with the "double bubble" roof, it is the second to last coupe built and was raced by Elio Zagato in the 1982 Mille Miglia Retrospective, and twice since in 1997 and 1999. For greater reliability and power, this car has been updated with an Alfa Romeo 2000cc engine. The original 1900 SS motor is kept for eventual reinstallation.

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