The Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 made its first appearance in 1967, but so sound was the basic design that developments of it were raced by the company until 1977, when it won all eight rounds of the World Sportscar Championship. Early cars which appeared under the designation “Tipo 33” had V8 engines, but in 1973 a new three-liter flat-12 engine was introduced. This was a very powerful unit indeed, a fact which led to Bernie Ecclestone signing a deal Read More
In the immediate after-war period Alfa Romeo concentrated their efforts on reproducing their 1939 6C 2500 Series cars affectionately known as the “Golden Arrows,” but they were expensive and attracted the best of coachbuilders’ art form and therefore were only purchased by the wealthy. They were, in fact, the last individual chassis cars to be built and with the growing interest in medium capacity performance cars, Alfa Romeo introduced their first post-war design – the 1900 Saloon – at the Read More
Individuality had been a hallmark of Alfa from the earliest days and when Nicola Romeo took over the company in 1918 this became even more the case. Competition soon came to the fore; by 1929 Scuderia Ferrari had been set up to run Alfa Romeo’s racing program with Ferrari being assisted by engineer Luigi Bazzi and designer Vittorio Jano. Alfa thus became a major force in competition and successes increased due in no small part to Jano’s genius.
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Stylish, elegant and distinctive, the Montreal made its debut at the Montreal Expo during the 1967 World Fair in the city of the same name, an event that celebrated Canada’s centenary. It was initially fitted with Alfa’s ubiquitous four-cylinder, twin-cam engine, in this case a 1,779 cc unit, but by the time the Montreal was launched for limited production at the 1970 Geneva Show, this had been changed for an all-new V8.
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Alfa Romeo, Italy’s oldest sporting marque, has been building cars since 1910. They produced some of the greatest machinery ever to be seen pre-war, such as the beautiful 1750 Zagato roadsters, the magnificent Monzas, and the mighty P3 Grand Prix cars.
With the advent of the 1950s, Alfa Romeo was forced to rationalize its production in order to survive financially. Unable to resist the occasional indulgence, however, they still built some exceptional competition and “limited edition” high performance models.
This magnificent “time machine” is virtually unique in being a Grand Prix car which has lain completely unrestored and substantially unaltered since it was last raced in earnest over forty years ago. This illustrious car has an exceptional provenance. It is a most important survivor from the epic “Age of the Titans” era of Grand Prix racing in the mid-1930s, and it is one of the factory-built works Alfa Romeos campaigned against the contemporary “Silver Arrow” Mercedes Read More
Vittorio Jano’s immortal twin-overhead camshaft six-cylinder 2.3-liter engine, introduced in 1934, was later developed by Bruno Treviso to become the 2500 of 1939, and this continued in production in Super Sport guise until 1951. The Supergioelle (Super Jewel) was not an Alfa Romeo model, but a style of bodywork developed by Ghia, and mainly seen in the late forties and early fifties on the Fiat 1500. Clearly, however, this example was built as an Alfa Romeo, and is believed Read More
In 1950 Alfa Romeo introduced the 1900, a modern sporting saloon with some unmistakable family traits. At about the same time as the management were firmly directing the company down this new road, they lost all sense of direction so far as competition cars were concerned.
It wasn’t that Alfa Romeo shunned competition; it instigated an ambitious sports car program for 1953 which was abandoned after running in only four races. A V12 F1 car was designed for Read More
The Rimoldi Alfa, named after its owner of over 50 years, is one of the most coveted cars of the pre-war era. The 8C-2300 series is regarded by many as engineer Vittorio Jano’s production car masterpiece. By 1930, Jano recognized that the incredible racing superiority of his 6C-1750 supercharged cars would not last much longer. He developed a straight eight-cylinder engine utilizing the same bore and stroke as the 6C-1750 supercharged twin cam units. The new engine was arranged Read More
The 1966 Geneva Motor Show saw the debut of the Alfa Romeo Duetto, which replaced the existing 101 series Giulia Spyder. The Duetto’s Pininfarina designed body was inspired by a styling exercise on a 3.0-liter Disco Volante chassis seen at Geneva in 1959, and sported an attractive and individual line. The mechanical components were largely unaltered from those of the Giulia, providing the new model with excellent reliability and superb performance for a car of its size. The traditional Read More