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Alfa Mille Miglia flashback

 

Two Alfa Romeo vintage 1900 sports racing cars were entered the 2024 Mille Miglia event. The 2024 Mille Miglia, dubbed ‘the most beautiful race in the world’, was scheduled for June 11 to 15.

 

 

The 1993 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) champion, Nicola Larini, was back on the racetrack with Alfa Romeo; driving a 1954 model year (MY) 1900 Sport Spider in the 2024 Mille Miglia, alongside rally navigator Luca Ciucci.

Nicola Larini was an official Alfa Romeo driver from 1987 to 2003 and dominated the Touring class in the 1990s. 

 

 

Also on the starting grid of the Brescia classic was a 1956MY 1900 Super Sprint, driven by journalist Andrea Farina and co-driver Davide Cironi.

The 1900 Super Sport and 1900 Super Sprint are usually on display at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese.

The two vintage rarities were accompanied by the new Alfa Romeo Junior compact sports car and the exclusive Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio Super Sport, which pay homage to Alfa Romeo’s first victory at the 1928 1000 Miglia, with the 6C 1500 Super Sport.

The 1954MY 1900 Sport Spider is a very rare racing machine, because only two examples of this 880kg, aerodynamic car were ever produced: both. featuring Franco Scaglione’s innovative design for the Bertone workshop. 

 

 

It was powered by a four-cylinder, twin-cam engine, supercharged to achieve 138bhp, enabling it to reach 220km/h. It featured a five-speed transmission and a de Dion rear axle.

Performance and drivability were said to rank with much more recent, responsive sports cars.

The 1900 Super Sprint was an elegant coupé that was described as ‘the family car that wins races’. Based on the short chassis version of the 1900 sedan, it was fitted with a two litre, four-cylinder, twin-camshaft engine, with an output of 115bhp at 5500 rpm. 

In the 1950s, it was customary for the great Italian designers to buy a rolling chassis from Alfa Romeo, complementing it with bodywork designed and produced in-house. The Milan company Touring produced some 300 models based on the Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint between 1954 and 1955.

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