Chassis no. AR1900C*01931 - Engine no. AR1308*00942
Coachbuilder: Zagato
Categories: E- Historic event cars; F- Cars owned by the famous; L- Limited edition cars (no. 39 manufactured)
Owner: Private Collection
history - owners & events
1955
21st February 1955
event: Built | country: Italy

from
21st February 1955
to
June 1955
owner: Vittorio Vanini | country: Switzerland

owner's details:
Owner of Vanini S.A. Pasticceria-Confetteria and gentleman driver




note:
Delivered new early in 1955 to Vittorio Vanini - a successful wealthy privateer of the period, from the famous family of Swiss chocolatiers - through Sonvico, the Alfa Romeo dealer in Lugano, in the Swiss canton of Ticino, the rakish two-tone Zagato berlinetta was registered ‘TI 13523’.


1st May 1955
event: Gran Premio Nuvolari | city: Cremona-Mantova-Brescia | country: Italy

driver: Vittorio Vanini (Switzerland)

co-driver: Ivo Badaracco (Switzerland)

entry number: 451

1st May 1955
event: Mille Miglia | city: Brescia - Roma - Brescia | country: Italy

note:
Starting at 4.51am they passed through the Rome checkpoint 6 hours, 44 minutes and 46 seconds later and crossed the finishing ramp in Brescia after 12 hours, 56 minutes and 11 seconds to claim 19th place overall, the first Alfa Romeo 1900SSZ home.


driver: Vittorio Vanini (Switzerland)

co-driver: Ivo Badaracco (Switzerland)

entry number: 451

results/prizes: 19th | 2nd in class
from
June 1955
to
1957
owner: Alfred Coppel | country: Switzerland

owner's details:
American author




note:
He was sent to Europe to cover the 1955 race activities by a sports car magazine. He and his wife were following the races, traveling from circuit to circuit, when they happened upon this Alfa Romeo for sale. It had just completed competing in the Mille Miglia. They purchased the car to provide themselves with their own means of transportation to the remaining races that season. After the conclusion of racing that season, the couple decided to have the car shipped home to San Francisco. The plan was the wife was going to use it for a second car. After a short time in which it was evident that the potent racing car was not suited to stops and starts on the hilly streets of their home city, it was traded in for a Jaguar at local British Motor Works dealership.


11th September 1955
event: Coppa Intereuropa | city: Monza | country: Italy

driver: Vittorio Vanini (Switzerland)

co-driver: Ivo Badaracco (Switzerland)

entry number: 88

results/prizes: 11th
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1957
from
1957
to
22nd October 2012
owner: William Hyde Bill Ebeling | country: United States - Oregon

note:
Mr. Ebling saw the car advertised for sale by the dealership in the local newspaper. He negotiated a deal where he traded in a MG-TD and gave them $800 in exchange for 01931. Mr. Ebling s drove the car regularly for several years around the bay area. It was during his ownership that it became red, and it was a familiar sight in the Bay area for many years before moving, with its owner, to Myrtle Creek, Oregon, in the mid-1960s. The car remained in his garage until 2012 and, aside from some dismantling of minor trim components and other ancillary parts (all of which were carefully stored) sat there untouched and unseen for the best part of the last half-century.


2012
from
23rd October 2012
to
19th November 2012
owner: Ebeling Family Trust | country: United States - Oregon

from
20th November 2012
to
2014
owner: Racing Car S.a. | country: Switzerland

note:
They did, painstakingly bringing the car back to original condition, even reuniting it with its first Swiss registration, ‘TI 13523’, acquired from the Vanini family.


2014
18th - 21st September 2014
event: Gran Premio Nuvolari | city: Mantova | country: Italy

driver: Paolo Carlini (Switzerland)

co-driver: Alberto Martegani (Switzerland)

entry number: 144

results/prizes: 174th
2015
July 2015
owner: Private Collection | country:

2016
17th - 22nd May 2016
event: Mille Miglia | city: Brescia - Roma - Brescia | country: Italy

note:
Points 4443


driver: Davide Parmegiani (Italy)

co-driver: Monica Bonzi (Italy)

entry number: 352

results/prizes: 278th
2017
4th - 15th May 2017
event: 2017: 90 anni, 1000 Miglia. | city: Brescia | country: Italy

note:
Museo Mille Miglia


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18th - 21st May 2017
event: Mille Miglia | city: Brescia-Roma-Brescia | country: Italy

driver: Davide Parmegiani (Italy)

co-driver: Monica Bonzi (Italy)

entry number: 370

results/prizes: DNF
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