Production of the Alfa Romeo 1900 sedan ended in 1955, but the Sprint Coupe carried on through 1958. Total production volume of 1,796 was small compared with the sedan. There were Alfa 1900 coupes bodied by Boano, Bertone, Farina, Ghia, and Zagato, as well as Touring. Alfa was careful to make sure that other Italian carrozzeria had opportunities to create styling variations of their own.
Designed at Touring's Milan studios by Federico Formenti, the Touring Super Sprint version of the Alfa 1900 Coupe was introduced at the 1955 Paris show and represented the development pinnacle for the series.
Its key distinguishing feature was a revised version of the engine, with increased displacement from 1,884 cc to 1,975, a higher compression ratio, twin Weber carburettors and four valves per cylinder.
Called the 1900 IT Super, it was rated for 115 horsepower. Mated with a five-speed transmission (earlier versions employed a four-speed), the new engine was capable of propelling this sleek coupé to a top speed of 112 mph.
Compared to its sophisticated engine, chassis elements of the Super Sprint coupe were rather ordinary. The front suspension was independent, with upper and lower wishbones, coil springs, and hydraulic shocks, but Alfa continued to employ a live axle at the rear with a pair of locating links. And in an era where disc brakes had established their superiority, Alfa retained drum brakes fore and aft. Nevertheless, the car's dynamics were regarded as respectable in the context of the times.
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