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"Every time I see an Alfa Romeo pass by, I raise my hat" : Henry Ford



Born from a factory built by Alexandre Darracq near Milan to build cars out of French supplied parts, the struggling concern was taken over by Anomima Lombardo Fabbrica Automobil in 1909. It quickly established itself as a major sports car manufacturer when Nicolà Romeo joined in 1915. It struggled with the high cost of sports car development through the 1930's and was eventually taken over by the Italian government. Mussolini, seeking prestige through track success, would oversee the company take out 11 Mille Miglia wins through the remainder of the 1930's.

Collector Notes: Alfa's beautifully styled Spider had a 1.6 litre engine and was sold here from 1966 to 1967. It was followed (1968 to 1970) by a revised 1750 Veloce model, with a small grille. A 2000-engined version remained in production from mid-1972 to around 1977. You don't need us to tell you anything wearing an Alfa Romeo badge is desirable. Very desirable.

Also see: Alfa Romeo Heritage | The History of Alfa Romeo (USA Edition)
Alfa Romeo Monoposto Tipo B  

Alfa Romeo Monoposto Tipo B

1932 - 1935
WHEN THE Monoposto Alfa Romeo made its first appearance at Monza in 1932, it not only set new standards of aesthetics in racing car design, it also created something of a legend in Grand Prix history. More>>
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 2.3 Litre  

Alfa Romeo 2.3 8C 2300

1931 - 1935
The 8C 2300 fought the Bugattis, Maseratis and Mercedes during the early 1930s, both as a sports and full racing car. It was driven by a galaxy of star drivers of whom few survived, whereas a fair proportion of their machines achieved a sort of mechanical immortality. More>>
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900  

Alfa Romeo 2.9 8C 2900

1935 - 1939
The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 was the fastest pre-war production car - a feat no doubt attributable to the fact that it was designed as a racing car. More>>
Alfa Romeo Alfetta Type 158/9  

Alfa Romeo Alfetta Type 158/9

1937 - 1952
Turn the clock back to 1938. The Germans were unbeatable in Grand Prix racing, a bitter fact to their nominal allies, the financially outclassed Italians. They made the best of Maserati's brilliance in 1500cc voiturette racing and drew courage from the press which continued to brag about "The triumph of the Italian colours". More>>
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900  

Alfa Romeo Disco Volante / 1900 C 52

1952 - 1953
In 1952, even before production began on the then new 1300cc Giulietta, Alfa Romeo already had plans to build a larger version with six cylinders - tentatively called the Giulia. The larger car's engine would not be based on the 1.3-litre Giulietta but on the already existing 1900cc four with two more cylinders added. The 1900's 82.5-mm bore was retained but the stroke was increased from 88 to 92 mm, resulting in a displacement of 2995cc. More>>
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint  

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint

1954 - 1962
Having nimble handling, beautiful balance and glorious engines (the world's first mass-produced twin-cam engine) made the Giulietta Sprint one of the stars in the 50's. More>>
Alfa Romeo 6C 3000CM Superflow  

Alfa Romeo 6C 3000CM Superflow

1956
Always one of the leaders in development of automotive form, Pinin Farina in the mid 1950s produced a series of prototypes that were nothing if not different in appearance. Even so, they held some lessons for future production models. As Len Frank tells, the beginnings of the Alfa Spider can be seen in this car; the fourth and last in the distinctive Superflow series. More>>
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato  

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato

1960
In 1960 The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato was the lightest, smallest, best streamlined, most powerful and therefore the fastest of the entire Alfa Romeo range of cars. The 1290cc aluminium twin-cam engine was capable of producing speeds of 121.8 mph. More>>
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato  

Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT

1963 - 1966
In the early 1960s Alfa-Romeo was considered, quite rightly, to be the best of all of this distinguished line of Italian-built high-performance cars. And one of the best the company had ever produced was the brilliant 105/115 Series Coupe, the Giulia 1600 Sprint GT. More>>
Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior  

Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior

1965 - 1967
From 1965 to 1977 the baby of the Alfa sports car fleet was the 1300 GT. Not only was it an image-maker, but it was also a surprising road-goer, with plenty of urge from only a 1290cc but very eager power plant. More>>
Alfa Romeo Spider  

Alfa Romeo Spider

1966 - 1993
The Geneva motor show of 1966 was the launch of the Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider, and was the last complete design from Battista Pininfarina. Despite initial sales being disappointing the basic model managed to stay in production for 27 years. More>>
Alfa Romeo 1750 Sedan  

Alfa Romeo 1750 Sedan

1967 - 1972
Today most Alfa aficionados keenly seek out the GTV from the early 1970’s, however the more humble sedan has become a very rare sight on Australian roads, and may prove to be a sound investment for the astute collector. More>>
Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV  

Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV

1967 - 1972
Coupled with the launch of the new 1750 Berlina saloon was the 1750 GTV coupe. Sharing the same coupe body as the previous GT1300/GT Junior 1.6, the GTV featured four headlamps and less fussy external trim details. More>>
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV  

Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV

1970 - 1977
Its lines were penned by a young designer at Bertone; Giorgietto Giugiaro, 'the designer of the 20th century'. The Giulia not only looked good but it also proved a great competitor in touring car racing. More>>
Alfa Romeo Montreal  

Alfa Romeo Montreal

1970 - 1975
The 2.6 all alloy quad cam V8 engine was a jem, so much so that journalists at the time thought it made the chassis look mediocre. More>>
Alfa Romeo Alfasud  

Alfa Romeo Alfasud

1972 - 1983
Produced at Alfa's new factory in South Italy, (hence the name Alfasud - "Alfa South"), the Alfasud was produced as a more affordable Alfa for the many enthusiasts. More>>
Alfa Romeo GTV6  

Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT

1974 - 1976
The Alfetta GT's design came about as a result of joint labours of Giorgetto Giugiaro and Alfa's own design team, the Alfetta GT being one of the most beautiful cars to look at, and because of a combination of slightly less weight and uprated suspension the GT felt tauter than the sedan. More>>
Alfa Romeo Eagle  

Alfa Romeo Eagle

1975
Pinninfarina's Alfa Romeo Eagle was a project for a sports "Spider" with a safety roll bar, based on the bodypan and mechanics of the Alfetta GT. More>>
Alfa Romeo Alfa 6  

Alfa Romeo Alfa 6

1979 - 1986
Alfa Romeo's in-line 'six', the 2600, was discontinued in 1969, so for ten years the Milanese manufacturer lacked a six-cylinder flagship. In early 1979 the place was filled by the Alfa 6 saloon, at the time it being the only six-cylinder Italian car in realistic production. More>>
Alfa Romeo GTV6  

Alfa Romeo GTV6

1979 - 1986
The new V6 engine had virtually no protractors. Although it had single camshaft per bank, it was extremely smooth, willing, and musical and was regarded by most to be the best V6 in production. More>>
Alfa Romeo GTV 2.0  

Alfa Romeo GTV 2.0

1981 - 1987
There were two features of the GTV which gave it a major advance over all previous examples. Firstly, thanks to continual complaints, Alfa Romeo improved the driving position. You no longer needed to fold your knees around your ears and hold your arms out straight ahead. For all export models, Alfa also fitted an attractive looking wood rimmed steering wheel with a dished boss. More>>
Alfa Romeo 75

Alfa Romeo 75

1986 - 1992
The Alfa 75 was a sports car for the family man, something rare from the typical box-on-wheels approach adopted by more mainstream manufacturers during the 1980's. The ensuing budget restrictions forced Alfa to evolve the old 1970's Alfasud and Alfetta platforms rather than produce a clean-sheet design from the get-out. More>>
Alfa Romeo 164

Alfa Romeo 164

1987 - 1998
Alfa Romeo's 164 always enjoyed a few advantages over the competition in the upper region of the executive car class. And a lot was to do with marque pedigree. The Fiat-owned Italian company, at the time, had no difficulty establishing itself as a recognized contender for the executive dollar because it had always attracted that market anyway. More>>
Alfa Romeo SZ  

Alfa Romeo SZ

1989 - 1990
The "SZ" was a one-off production sports cardesigned and built by Zagato, and while the styling can be described as extraordinary even by Zagato's standard, many regarded it as ugly. More>>
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