Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Touring (1954).
A proper coachbuilt Alfa Romeo with matching nrs.
In 1954, Alfa Romeo launched the 2nd series (aka Tipo 1308) of the elegant CSS with body from Touring. It was again build following the patented Superleggera construction, but the changes were recognisable at first glance. The air intakes with integrated foglights and indicators now had aluminium surrounds, similar to the previously presented Pinin Farina coupé. The rear side windows and rear window were bigger, to increase allround visibility and to create a more stylish look with the very slim body pillars. The technical changes were similarly succesful, with an enlarged engine capacity of 1975 ccm.achieved with an increased bore. Compression ratio was increased to 8:1, and two Solex twin-choke carburettors were fitted. The result was a very healthy 115 bhp. The gearbox, although still with column shift, now had a fifth gear, and allowed a top speed of 188 km/h.
The example we have now in our inventory is a 1954 car. It was restored in 2004 in Italy, and retained its original colour of Avorio (which sounds so much better then "Ivory", but it means the same...). The interior is finished in sage green leather, and looks just stunning with the right amount of patina. The column gearshift is easy to operate, and the engine has good oil pressure and offers great performance. It is of course matching nrs, and very rare with a total production number of only 854 CSS versions. The car comes with a FIVA pass, and is ready for any event. It is also eligible for the Mille Miglia.
A coachbuilt Alfa Romeo CSS with Touring body does come rarely on the market, and is quite sought after as it is eligible for almost every historical event. Better still, this beautiful example may be your entry ticket for the MM at an acceptable price level. Being the proud owner of a very attracitve and much appreciated Alfa Romeo is a childhood dream of many people, so this is an opportunity which can't be missed !