After years of four-cylinder power, Alfa Romeo switched to a six-cylinder engine late in 1962. This new model known as the 2600 had the familiar dual overhead camshaft configuration which put out 145 hp at 5,900 rpm. Top speed was 120 mph. Models included a four-door Berlina with factory bodywork, a Sprint coupe with bodywork by Bertone, a Spider convertible by Touring and the rarest model, the SZ coupe with bodywork by Zagato, pictured here. Equipped with its original Read More
The 6C series was founded in 1924 when Alfa Romeo engineer, Vittorio Jano, was instructed to develop a medium capacity lightweight car with brilliant performance. The great engineer chose the balance and pick-up characteristics of an in-line six-cylinder engine and combined them with a lightweight and nimble-handling chassis design.
The prototype, initially known as the “NR,” renamed 6C 1500 was unveiled at the Salone dell’ Automobile Milano in April 1925 and then reappeared at both the major Paris Read More
Alfa Romeo retired from racing at the end of a very successful 1932 season when the monoposto “Tipo B” had carried all before it. In 1933 the Tipo Bs were locked away in Portello and Alfa were represented only by private teams, principally Scuderia Ferrari in Modena, who were uncompetitive with outdated 8C 2300 Monzas.
Vittorio Jano started work in October 1934 on a new all independently sprung Tipo C (or 8C 35 as it is now more Read More
This particular Tubolare Zagato was supplied new to Ian Walker and Alan Day of London for use in their joint Walker-Day Racing operation through 1965. Ian Walker himself was a veteran former Lotus owner-driver, then entrant, whose Formula Junior and sports-racing Lotuses and particularly his GT racing “Gold Bug” Elans had achieved great success through the early 1960s.
Now he was poised to return with this Alfa Romeo TZ1 and its sister car, to be driven by two Read More
For nearly 40 years, many of the world’s outstanding classic sports car designs have flowed from the drawing board of Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ital Design. One of the most fluent, indeed a true post-war classic, was the Alfa Romeo GTV (Gran Turismo Veloce) Coupe of 1967, which he designed during his rime at Bertone.
Evolved as a sports version of the four-seater Giulia saloon, the GTV remained in production for 11 years from 1965. Under the shapely shell Read More
In the postwar period, it became apparent to Alfa Romeo that to survive the company needed a mass-produced car. But it was essential for that car to maintain the traditional values and characteristics that had made the company great. That car was the Giulietta Sprint.
Nuccio Bertone was commissioned to design this small coupe just weeks before its debut at the Turin Show in 1954. The resultant shape pleased the eye from any angle, but Bertone’s styling for the Read More
This amazingly rare and elegant Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 was owned by the late Mr. Brian Eckersley, Surrey chimney sweep, for some 42 years, from the time he purchased it from a dealer in Warren Street, London, in 1956 to his untimely death last November.
With supercharged 2.3-litre straight-8 engine, long-wheelbase chassis and rakish Cabriolet coachwork believed to be by Pininfarina, this must be the ultimate “British barn find” Alfa Romeo.
According to Portello factory records, its Read More
Introduced in 1951, the 1900 was Alfa Romeo’s first post-war design and the first model intended for series-production. It was also the world’s first such car available with both a twin-cam engine and a five-speed gearbox – and there was synchromesh on every ratio.
Given Alfa Romeo’s history, it was inevitable that the factory would build special editions and Touring of Milan, then Italy’s top coachbuilder, styled a coupe body for the 1900 Sprint and Super Sprint. It was Read More
The Giulia range was introduced by Alfa Romeo in 1962, sharing similar bodies and identical chassis to the earlier Giulietta series. Engine capacity was increased, however, to 1570cc and the gearbox now housed five forward ratios instead of the Giulietta’s four.
The increased engine capacity provided 12bhp more, but more significant was the extra torque, allowing for more comfortable and easier driving. Maximum speed was up to 112 mph, which in 1962 was very fast indeed for a Read More
Alfa Romeo’s successful Giulietta range debuted in 1954 with the arrival of the Bertone-styled Sprint coupe, the Berlina saloon not appearing until the succeeding season. Veloce models with improved performance followed, and the agile Giulietta SV quickly established an enviable record in production car racing, notable victories including a Granturismo class win in the 1956 Mille Miglia. Nevertheless, to fully exploit the car’s potential, lighter and more aerodynamic bodywork was deemed necessary, a requirement which resulted in the ultimate Read More