Don’t Call it a Kit Car

Some of you might be familiar with the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale.

By Brian Snelson from Hockley, Essex, England - 1967 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Prototipo, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4399048
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Prototipo

I’ll bet most of you aren’t. That’s a shame, it’s been called one of the most beautiful cars in the world. But it’s also understandable since only a handful were made and they cost a small fortune. Considered the first “supercar” ever produced, the V8-powered Stradale was a street legal race car clad in an aluminum and plexiglass bodywork. Imagine witnessing one on these on the road in 1967!

Sadly, most of us will never lay eyes on one of the few, rare examples ever produced. But wait— maybe we will! Not necessarily one of the real Italian examples, but an Oklahoma version passionately built incredibly close to the genuine article.

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Reality Check

Should you find yourself on the shore of Lake Como be sure to look up the Villa d’Este. It has been home to cardinals, queens and— during the Italian Grand Prix— drivers for the Ferrari team. With rooms starting around a grand per night it truly is an address of distinction.
 
But every April a showing of exquisite cars steals the limelight, and the villa is transformed into an automotive shrine. The Concorza d’Eleganza Villla d’Este is one of the most incredible car shows in the world.
Enjoy these photos from Petrolicious: The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Is A Gorgeous Glitch Of Reality 

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Alfa Returns to F1

Well… at least in name.

The backmarkers known as Sauber will wear the serpenti beginning in 2018, but at least to start with, that’s about all. Ferrari powerplants will be supplied to the team along with technical know-how from Maranello.

Sauber Formula One Team have announced a multi-year technical and commercial partnership agreement with Alfa Romeo. The Italian car manufacturer, which is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), will be joining the Sauber F1 Team as Title Sponsor from 2018 onwards. By doing so, Alfa Romeo is returning to Formula One after more than 30 […]

via Sauber F1 Team enters a multi-year partnership agreement with Alfa Romeo — F1 Paddock Pass

Candy Store of Cars

Recently ran across this post about the liquidation of an old-school Alfa Romeo dealership located in New Jersey. Actually, the post is about a visit to the time capsule before the liquidation took place. The auction was held earlier this year.

It intrigued me because in a former life I managed to collect quite a few Italian cars.

It was the summer of 2015 when my good friend EC informed me that he had been given “permission” to visit a stash of Alfas. At that time, EC was on the hunt for an Alfa Romeo of his own, and he believed that he might find the car of his dreams at this location. He invited me along to help with the evaluation, on the strict condition that I tell NO ONE […]

via My Secret Visit to a Shuttered Alfa Romeo Dealership — richardscarblog

 

To Dream of Flying Cars

Stay tuned for the Alfa Romeo halftime report.

Wha?!? Not sure what was more surprising– hearing those words on national TV, or the fact I happened to be watching the Super Bowl to hear them!

alfa-romeo-quadAlfa Romeo made a big splash yesterday. A Super Bowl-size splash with an inspiring advert for the new Giulia sport sedan called Riding Dragons. The commercial beckons, “You’ve always dreamed of flying cars. Your dream just became reality.” Continue reading To Dream of Flying Cars