The Giulietta Sprint Zagato echoes the severe tumblehome roofline of the fabulous Bertone BATs and the slanted tail of the same bodybuilder’s Sprint Speciale. The BATs, however, were strictly styling exercises and the Sprint Speciales were too heavy to be race cars. It was Zagato that finally filled Alfa’s need for an aerodynamic Giulietta coupe that would win races.
Two series of the Sprint Zagato were produced between 1959 and 1961.The first series featured a smooth,
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Destined to be the last of the separate-chassis Alfas, the 2500 debuted in 1939 as a development of the preceding 6C 2300B. The engine was, of course, the latest version of Alfa’s race-developed twin-cam six, its 2443cc displacement having been enlarged by boring out the 2300 cylinders by 2 mm for a bore and stroke of 72 x 100 mm. Maximum power ranged from 90 bhp for the single-carburetor Sport model to 105 bhp for the triple-carb Super Sport. Read More
This unique 1900 was bodied by the Swiss coachbuilding company, Ghia Aigle, specifically for the 1955 Geneva Salon.
This is the earliest of eight Alfas bodied by Ghia Aigle known to survive, and as such, in many respects the most interesting and most important. After the Geneva show the car appears to have remained in Switzerland before being acquired by a Dutch Alfa enthusiast earlier last year. Today the car is remarkably well preserved and apparently unmodified from Read More
Tempted to join Alfa Romeo from Fiat in 1923 by the opportunity to head his own department and a three-times salary increase, the brilliant Vittorio Jano became part of the racing department in Milan in the autumn of that year. His first major project was the six-cylinder P2 racing car, winner of the 1924 European Grand Prix at Lyon and AIACR championship Grand Prix car of 1925. Jano had been brought on by Niccola Romeo with the Read More
The Montreal came about when Alfa Romeo was asked to build a car for Canada’s Expo ’67 which would represent all that was best in the automotive industry. It fulfilled its design brief to the letter and everyone agreed that it was a classic.
The chassis derived from the 105-series Giulia, as sweet a chassis as can be imagined. The quad-cam, fuel-injected 2593cc V8 engine was a road-tuned version of the unit used in Alfa Romeo’s T33 sports-racer, Read More
One of the things which marked Alfa Romeo from lesser makers from the 1950s through to the 1970s was that it was able to make small runs of special, lightweight, coupe versions of its mainstream cars. The most prized of these were the cars bodied by Zagato, an expression of the historic relationship between the two companies.
The Alfa Romeo 105 series of Spiders and sedans provided lively performance. Equipped with both 1.3- and 1.6- liter powerplants, the Read More
A design from the pen of the great Vittorio Jano, the Alfa Romeo Tipo B was a masterpiece on the drawing board and on the race track. It was not, incidentally, the first monoposto Alfa Romeo. That distinction belongs to the 1931 Tipo A, of which four were built, and none survive. There is a replica in the Alfa Museum.
The Tipo B first appeared at the Monza Grand Prix on June 5, 1932. Its engine was loosely Read More
In the early 1950s, youthful sports car enthusiasts could choose between the MG TD or the XK Jaguar. The performance and price gap between those two models was only partially filled by the Triumph and Austin-Healey. Only the more affluent could enjoy the superior weather protection and comfort of a Porsche or Aston Martin. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, introduced in Italy in 1955, offered weather protection equal to the most expensive sports cars and a very comfortable ride Read More
Unequalled in their class in the 1927-1930 era were the superbly engineered, extremely light and very quick Tipo 6C twin-camshaft, supercharged Alfa Romeos from the design board of the brilliant Vittorio Jano.
Alfa Romeo’s concessionaire in England, Fred Stiles, imported four “works” cars with Zagato racing coachwork, chassis numbers 0312871 to 0312874. The cars were picked up in Milan, photographed outside the factory with Mrs. Stiles at the wheel of this car and Johnny Lurani and Giulio Ramponi Read More
With its unitary construction-the first on an Alfa Romeo-the 1900 was Alfa’s first mass- producedt car, introduced in 1950. It was assembled on a new production line at Alfa’s original Portello works that was funded in part by the Marshall Plan.
Initially powered by a 1844cc, 90 hp twin overhead camshaft 4-cylinder engine and offering fine handling, the 4-door sedan quickly became popular with sporting drivers and racers.
In 1951, Alfa introduced the short-wheelbase 1900 C chassis, which served Read More