1965 Alfa Romeo 1900 ATL Sport Coupe

Lot Number: 747

1965 Alfa Romeo 1900 ATL Sport Coupe

A Coachbuilt Rarity from the banks of Lake Como.

  • Sold for: £202,500

LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Saturday 22nd May, 2021 at 2.00pm BST at Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh Rd, Coventry, CV8 2LG

  • Body Colour


  • Drive


  • Registration Number



A Coachbuilt Rarity from the banks of Lake Como.


  • Mid-Sixties Alfa Romeo-based 1900 Sport Coupe
  • Believed, but not confirmed, to be one of possibly eight produced by ATL (Autotecnica del Lario) on the shores of Lake Como
  • ATL were one of a number of creative 'Carrozzerie' that sprung up as a result of Alfa-Romeo making engines and chassis available in very small numbers
  • Evocative styling reminiscent of the iconic GT Sports Coupes of the late 50s and 60s
  • The stunning handmade Aluminium bodywork is laid over the top of a 'Superleggera'-style steel tubing framework
  • Powered by Alfa Romeo's operatic little 1900cc, 100bhp Twin-Cam
  • An unmissable opportunity to acquire an artisan-built sports Coupe created to celebrate Italian styling at its very best

The great Italian coachbuilding houses have been sadly decimated since the '60s, unable to face the challenges of a world in which car makers can competently design and produce even their low volume models in-house. Back then, this colourful industry was very much in its pomp, made buoyant by the growing momentum of the Italian economic miracle, its attendant industrialisation, and a wealth of homegrown talent. Nowhere else could you find such a happy blend of artistic and technical skill when it came to styling and fabricating motor car bodywork.

Iginio Alessio, General Manager of Alfa Romeo at the time and a true enthusiast at heart, was concerned for the future viability of the independent Italian coachbuilding industry as the arrival of the 'unibody' chassis design was threatening to put the 'Carrozzerie' out of business. Consequently, Alfa magnanimously offered official contracts to Touring to build the sporty 1900 Sprint Coupé and to Pininfarina to create an elegant four-seat Cabriolet and Coupé. The availability of a suitable chassis and power train combined with Alfa's fatherly approach to a number of small design houses, meant that wherever there was a talented stylist and a competent engineer, a sporty, speedy Alfa Special would appear. Most of these would fade away after one or two misguided efforts but ATL (Autotecnica del Lario) were one of the exceptions and survived for nearly twenty years in the city of Lecco in Lombardy becoming known for their good-looking, rapid and nimble little coupés.

This superbly styled Alfa Romeo is currently not UK-registered having just arrived directly from the shores of Lake Como. No factory records from ATL exist, however, there is very little doubt that this spectacular piece of motoring artwork is the product of this talented team of artisans. All the ATL coupés differed very slightly in terms of detail but the 'House Style' is instantly recognisable and no one else created such a distinct design. Our vendor resides on the shore of Lake Como, a stone’s throw from the original ATL workshops, and one or two of the older residents remember the cars well.

The restoration of this particular Alfa Romeo 1900, now finished in a period shade of Verde Inglese (British Racing Green), we are informed, commenced in the 1980s but was mothballed, unfinished until being presented to the present owner on the occasion of his 23rd birthday, at which point the rebuild recommenced. Once completed, it has been used sparingly in its spiritual home.

The chassis is constructed in the 'Superleggera' style consisting of varying diameter steel tubing with boxed in sections to which all mechanical ancillaries are attached. The voluptuous bodywork consists of a hand-formed, thin gauge aluminium body suspended over the birdcage framework. Motivation comes from Alfa Romeo’s four-cylinder,1900cc twin cam breathing through twin Dellorto carburettors offering surprisingly punchy performance and a classic Alfa driving experience.

This vehicle has been brought into the UK under temporary admission. If the vehicle is sold to a buyer in the UK, the seller will settle any import taxes due and obtain a NOVA on the buyers behalf. 








Lot Number
Registration Number
Chassis Number
Body Colour



For further information regarding this lot please contact Charles.





Motor vehicles

Vehicles can be collected from The Wing on Monday 2nd August between 9am and 3pm.

Our transport partners, EM Rogers, can assist with collection and delivery. Please contact them on

01604 755511 or trafficdesk@emrogers.co.uk for a quote.

Any cars not collected by 3pm on Monday 2nd August will be taken to our EM Rogers storage facility in

Northampton for a fee of £150 plus VAT. Storage will be charged at £10 plus VAT per day from Monday 2nd August onwards.


Our motorcycle transport partners, Moving Motorcycles, can assist with collection and delivery.

Please contact them on 01933 448555 or info@movingmotorcycles.co.uk for a quote.

Any motorcycles not collected by 3pm on Monday 2nd August will be taken to our transport partners facility in Northamptonshire for a

fee of £110 plus VAT, including 3 days storage. Storage will be charged at £5 plus VAT per day thereafter.


Automobilia can be collected from The Wing over the weekend or Monday morning between 9am

and midday by prior appointment. After this time it can be collected from our offices in

Warwickshire or shipped to you at your expense.

Enjoy the excitement of bidding, knowing your budget has been approved and confirmed by your dedicated Account Manager at Oracle Car Finance. For further information simply click HERE for your free quote or call 03308 387 7491.

Oracle Finance

Buying anything at an auction is an exhilarating experience and it is easy to get caught up in the moment of seeing these fantastic cars, from roaring supercars to our much-loved classics, parading up and down the runway.

With our car auction finance experts, alongside our growing panel of specialist lenders, we may be able to get you pre-approved for your bespoke car finance package before you start the excitement of bidding at the event. Just one of the benefits of speaking to a member of our award-winning team here at Oracle Car Finance, is that we could help get you approved at the top end of your budget with an agreement in principle on any UK auction vehicle, so that you’re ready to bid confidently should your dream car sell at a higher price than expected. This agreement in principle tends to be valid between 30 and 90 days.

Get a free quote

Our Official Car Finance Provider, Oracle Finance, is the UK’s No.1 funder for prestige, sports and classic cars and can provide funding options for any vehicle, from £25,000 to multi-million pound classics and supercars.

A classic car or motorcycle is a source of great pride and enjoyment but, whether your car or motorcycle is in storage or on the road, you’ll need a specialist insurance policy. We have partnered with Howden Insurance a leading insurance brokers with a team dedicated to classic cars and motorcycles. They cover a vast array of classic and vintage models and only work with insurers who provide a great service and share our passion for the classic motor industry.

For a personal classic car or classic motorcycle quote, visit:


Newsletter Sign Up

Keyword Alerts