Stunning little fifties Alfa Romeo 1900 Berlina seeks new owner

An early production, left-hand drive Alfa Romeo 1900 Berlina saloon dating from 1952 and re-bodied a few years later as a 2-seat Barchetta set to go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions

Offered here is a unique opportunity to take ownership of this beautiful Alfa Barchetta modified once in the late 1950s and again further developed by Auto Tecnica Lariana. Accompanying the car is a history file including some original photographs of the car being modified in the late 1950s and its original Italian registration documents *(the car is still Italian registered and offered here in the UK on a temporary licence, our vendor has agreed to settle the 5% duty if the car sells to a UK buyer and obtain a NOVA document). Our vendor has provided the following information outlining the fascinating history of this beautiful little piece of Italiana.

“Dating from 1952, the car began life as a left-hand drive versions of the Alfa 1900,four door Berlina. It was sold to a Mrs. Maria Da Ros, who we understand was involved in the newly developing fashion industry of the early 60s centred around the via Veneto in Rome. Seven years later, she had the car converted into a two-seater Barchetta and the original registration document attests the official date of the upgrade as being 4th of February 1959.

The car was enjoyed during the 60s but we have little knowledge on what type of use and no conformation if it took part at any competition. In 1972, it developed an engine problem and in 1974 Mrs Da Ros sold the car to the renowned Alfa Romeo custom coach builder Auto Tecnica Lariana (ATL)

ATL undertook a ‘ground-up’ rebuild of the whole car, creating new aluminium bodywork in their current style. The tubular frame was improved and modified to receive the new panels.

The old engine was too far damaged to be rebuilt and ATL fitted one of their own Ti Veloce engines which utilised the Solex Carburettors, aluminium oil pump and exhaust collectors from the most powerful version of the 1900, the SS. So, in effect, ATL had created a unique hybrid Barchetta with Alfa SS DNA.

The car was used by ATL for most of the 70s and in 1984 they sold it to a Mr. Roberto Ardenghi, an industrialist and collector in the Lake Como area, who owned and enjoyed the Barchetta until 2018.

Since 2018, the car has been with historic coach builders Carrozzeria Altolario di Colico who purchased it and have completed, over the past 3 years, a sympathetic restoration to bring it back to its best. The engine has been completely stripped and rebuilt, retaining the majority of the original parts and components and replacing only those parts that were unserviceable’’.

Beautiful, interesting and highly collectable this ATL Alfa Barchetta is offered at the Silverstone Classic 2021, you can view this fine piece of Italian art and others here.

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