As was appropriate to a marque with a long and illustrious racing history, Alfa Romeo consistently provided its road-going automobiles with engines closer than most to racing specification. Alfa Romeo’s seminal engine was Vittorio Jano’s historic 2,300 cc supercharged twin overhead-camshaft eight-cylinder of 1930, which powered their famous monoposto P3 racer to so many victories in European Grand Prix and the Mille Miglia open roads sports-car endurance races.
Almost as important to the story was Ing. Satta’s four-cylinder 1,300 Read More
The Alfa Romeo B.A.T. cars (Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica) were futuristic styling exercises undertaken by Alfa Romeo and Bertone in the early 1950s to measure the effects of streamlining on a car’s performance. Franco Scaglitone, Bertone’s chief designer, produced another study based on the B.A.T. cars, but this time using the Giulietta floor pan and intended as a practical GR car. The prototype Giulietta Sprint Speciale made its debut at the Turin Motor Show in October 1957 and went into Read More
The car pictured here was prepared by the well-known Roman specialist Franco Angellini for participation in European GTS Historic Racing. Modifications from original specification include stiffening of the chassis and mounts, the fitting of a Colotti limited-slip differential, a close-ratio gearbox, improved braking system, steel exhaust, oil cooler and, importantly, the blueprinting of the engine.
This SS is now capable of 165 bhp at 8,000 rpm. A set of road wheels are offered with the car together with a Read More
Probably the greatest sports car of the pre-war years was Alfa Romeo’s 8C 2900B, a supercharged straight-eight grand prix racing car with two-seater sports body, versions of which were designed by several of Italy’s finest coachbuilders. While some of these designs were winning the prestigious Concours d’Elegance at the celebrated Villa d’Este, others were winning on the racetracks and the surviving examples are highly sought after and extremely valuable.
Of all the versions made, possible the most beautiful, famous Read More
The 6C series had been founded as early as 1924 when Alfa Romeo engineer Vittorio Jano, perhaps the greatest automotive engineer of his era, was detailed “to develop a medium capacity light 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 what was, by the standards of the time, a very lightweight and nimble-handling chassis design. Much experience gained in development of his AIACR World Read More
The economic depression that followed World War II decreed that Alfa Romeo could no longer afford to produce purely the bespoke motorcars that had made the marque famous on both road and track. One of the first results of this change of direction was the Bertone-designed Giulietta of 1954, a small and graceful two-door coupe. Under the steel skin of the 750 Series Giulietta the chassis employed independent front suspension with a coil-sprung live axle at the Read More
The Tipo 33/2 Project was a combined effort by Alfa Romeo and Carlo Chitti’s Milanese company Autodelta. In the preceding years Autodelta had been fielding teams of specially prepared Alfa Romeos to good effect; perhaps the best-known exploits were with the TZ models. The experience and expertise of Chitti was utilized by the manufacturer in order to make an assault upon the World Championship, therefore bringing the famous name of Alfa Romeo back into the forefront of Read More
The Tipo 33/2 Project was a combined effort by Alfa Romeo and Carlo Chitti’s Milanese company Autodelta. In the preceding years Autodelta had been fielding teams of specially prepared Alfa Romeos to good effect; perhaps the best-known exploits were with the TZ models. The experience and expertise of Chitti was utilized by the manufacturer in order to make an assault upon the World Championship, therefore bringing the famous name of Alfa Romeo back into the forefront of the sport.
When it was launched at the 1990 Geneva Motor Show the striking Alfa Romeo SZ caused quite a stir. Its angular and aggressive looks were at the same time unconventional and appealing; although they led to the Italian press labeling the SZ as il Mostro, or the Monster, they left little doubt that this was a performance machine.
Underneath composite body panels bonded to a steel frame – but with aluminum roof and carbonfiber rear spoiler – ground effect Read More
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