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1953 Alfa Romeo 1900C

Cabriolet, body by Pinin Farina
€360,000 ($374,760)
Not sold at a high bid of
€400,000 - €480,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
116
Lot Number
#2+
Recent restoration
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis no. AR1900C01115; Engine no. AR13080031. Black with black cloth top over green leather. 1884/100hp, column shift 4-speed, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, silver painted Borrani wire wheels, Michelin tires.

Evaluation: Excellent paint and chrome. The interior is smooth and unblemished. The gauges are crisp and bright. The inside of the top boot is even upholstered! Impressively and accurately restored to high standards with only 46 km (29 miles) showing on the odometer since it was completed.

Bottom Line: Impossible to fault in any meaningful way, an outstanding example of a rare model of which only some 88 were built and about 30 survive. Having acknowledged that, this declined high bid is a record price and would have been well over $400,000 had it sold and commission been added, an amount that should have been ample to see it find a new home.

by Rick Carey
8 June 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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