Hello John long time no se.
First I think it could be interesting to se the picture you are referring
"a car that probably is the car that was numbered "00001". It was raced by
Sanesi on the Pontedecimo - Giovi hill-climb during May of 1955. A photo
appears on page 150 of the book about the history of that hillclimb event".
Second , I have always respected you comments as well argument as
interesting, and well founded.
But I find that you are assuming a lot in this argument.
OK. we are in the 50es, with 10 years of "might have been". And that opens
up for assumption. Because , at least to my knowledge, there isn't any
information about the decision for and against, on all these "might have
But we know something.
The 1900 , engine block was originally planned to have a castled aluminium
It was changed to cast ion. On technical production problems, or shortage of
material, who knows.
The first 1900 had a capacity of 1884 ccm 82,55x88. Witch was given by the
pistons that was available, at the time. A real 1900 engine capacity.
When pistons was generally availed on the market. The 1900 Super was
presented. Capacity 1975 ccm 84,5 x 88. A real 2000 engine capacity.
Whey they didn't change the designation, at that time, don't know. But it
can be marketing reason.
The Disco Volante had the engine in fully aluminium.
I think we then can levee the 1900 out of the 1955 Alfa Romeo 2000
We are in 1955. It is time to plan an replacement for the 1900 models. Alfa
Romeo is technical able to produce in series engine blokes in Aluminium, an
option for the new series. The
rear axle design on the 1900, hasn't not been full up to the expectations
from the design department. For a car in this price level. The 1900 was app.
duple up the price of a Giulietta.
So I think, there was , from the Board, given green light to start develop a
model to release the 1900 models.
There is the 2 Coupes Beautiful as they are. They have a design , as I se
it, that is clearly Bertone Scaglione design.
"until someone offers you chassis "00001" ... perhaps out of Italy or
Belgium or another corner of the world where someone believes there is a
sucker born every 12"
I have said several times, if I got a heavy load of money, I would have a
Sportive build on a Alfatta GTV. So I will gladly be one of the SUCKER.
I do se the Bertone 2000 Sportiva as pre production coupes for a new car.
Engine, with a spec, that revile the heritage 138hk. A DeDion rear
axle, and a 5 speed gearbox. That's really a design that points forward.
It is said that there was produced chassis for a whole series of Road going
Parallel to the proposal for a Coupe for serial production, Road going
version, They made a
spider and coupe prototypes for Competition. And I se these 2 as a Design of
Buano?.But that isnt important in the total picture.
If we look at carloīs post #5 from ,Thoroughbred & Classic Cars July 1986,
it shoves a spider with great similarity to the spider, that, to day, is run
by the museum. With on minor diff. The original spider, had an active
spoiler at the front. That gave a higher down force with increased speed. We
saw a similar spoiler on the Alfa Romeo 90 Berlina from the 80es.
The Coupe that was tested, isn't exactly, the Scaglione design, as I se
it. Se Carlo's post 3, the Rens Biesma, drawings of the competition coupe.
There is pictures around that confirms the different options that was tested
on the Coupe, as in the drawing.
So I don't se them as marketing objects. They have posted to mush afford
into the project. Just for promotion, NO.
But, whey we didn't get them. Maybe we will never know. But I hope there
will be hope for the SUCKER, to have the answer some day.
But I personally think it was a question of priority.
The little Giulia was more important in 1954-55.
But whey they didn't use it in 1957-58. When the 2000 was presented . Thats
It was the most prommesing projekt, after WW2. And i fell with sorrow that
it shuld take 15 years before we god the construktion
When we finally got the 2000 model line in 1958. It was on a old chassis
design, the 1900. But then we finally got the "1900 Spider", that has been
missing for 8 years.