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  Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva Coupe
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1954
Numbers built:2
Designed by:Franco Scaglione for Bertone
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:February 05, 2009
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Chassis: AR1900S 00004
Whereas the first of the two Sportiva Coupes was used extensively in period, this car was rarely seen outside of Portello until the early 1970s. A few years earlier, Alfa Romeo historian Luigi Fusi had been tasked to create museum. He liked to add a privately owned 20/30hp Alfa Romeo from 1920, which was believed to be the oldest surviving Alfa Romeo. The Australian owner, in turn, had set his sights on the Sportiva and after some time spent negotiating a swap was arranged. With just 400km on the odometer, the second Sportiva Coupe finally arrived in Sydney in 1971. New owner Lionel Jones used the car extensively and racked up over 6,000 km during his 18-year ownership. At one of the outings, Lionel rolled the car and while the Sportiva's damage was limited to some dents and a broken windshield, Jones broke his neck. The windshield proved difficult to source as only two were made for Bertone back in 1954. A replacement was finally made in Australia and the car repaired. To finance the acquisition of an aircraft, Jones eventually offered the Sportiva for sale in a Sotheby's auction in 1987. It was acquired by a Dutch dealer but its return to Europe was brief as it joined a formidable Japanese collection. It remained in this collection for two decades and was shown at Villa d'Este in 2002. In more recent years, it returned to Europe once again as it was acquired by a Swiss collector. Making a very rare public appearance, it was shown at the 2018 Retromobile by Christophe Pund of La Galerie des Damiers.

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Manufactured in 1954
First owner Alfa Romeo
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  Article Image gallery (32) Chassis (2) AR1900S 00004 Specifications