Unveiled at the 1950 Paris Salon ahead of the 1951 racing season, the Alfa Romeo 1900 represented a new chapter in design for the Milan-based manufacturer. While primarily produced as a four-door saloon, the 1900’s coupe models, especially those with coachwork by Touring or unique one-off designs, proved to be the most sought after by collectors.
The lightweight Zagato-bodied 1900C achieved considerable success in the Italian Sports Car Championship series, and one-off vehicles by renowned coachbuilders such as Farina, Boano, and Ghia earned acclaim at various auto shows of the time.
The car in focus boasts a rare and sporty design that pays homage to the finest coachbuilt 1900 models. This particular vehicle, chassis number 001, is thought to be the first of around eight units produced by Autotecnica del Lario (ATL) in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
ATL, established by Ercole Zuccoli around 1969, was a custom coachbuilder located in northern Lombardy that created personalized vehicles based on individual customer specifications. Reportedly commissioned by an Italian buyer seeking a distinctive 1900 that could rival racing cars in performance and beauty suitable for concours exhibitions.
Photo Source: RM Sotheby’s