Myth Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo – the Legend
Alfa Romeo. Just the sound of the name awakens associations with Italy, and with sporty cars that really stand out from the rest.
Alfa Romeo – for some, it means Design in its highest and most complete form; for others, it means that yearning by those in the North for things Italian. For Italians, Alfa Romeo is a part of the homeland. As late as the ‘eighties, there were still full-page newspaper adverts appearing with the slogan: “Buy Alfa Romeo and defend Italian work and technology”.
Whatever someone’s personal attitude to the marque might be, one thing is for sure: Anyone who has dreamed about taking the trip of a lifetime back to the ‘fifties on roads that come straight out of a picture book needs only sit behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo. Dolce Vita and Alfa Romeo – they go together like Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman, like Celentano and “Azzurro”, like fashion and Italy. Nowhere is the Italian feeling for life and living better expressed than with an Alfa Romeo.
Anyone who could afford it drove an Alfa Romeo. With a product range of unusual size for the post-war period, of coupés, convertibles, and limousines, Alfa Romeo served Europe’s jet set in the ‘fifties and ‘sixties, from Amalfi and Cortina, St. Tropez and Portofino. The resounding name not only had one of the most beautiful emblems in the automobile industry, the red cross on the white background of the City of Milan and the dragon from the Visconti coat-of-arms; much more than this, right from the start Alfa Romeo stood for superior technology in engine and vehicle design and construction, which in those years was tested on the road and not in the wind tunnel. 10 victories in the Targa Florio, the oldest motor race in the world, 11 victories in the Mille Miglia, and five World Championships, all went to establish the legend of Alfa Romeo.
What better way to live the Alfa Romeo myth than behind the wheel of a classic Alfa Romeo Spider from Nostalgic. Experience dreamy Italian settings: Amalfi Coast, the Mille Miglia or Gran Premio Nuvolari in Tuscany, or the Lago Maggiore.
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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
- Following the luxurious and sporty six-cylinder and eight-cylinder models from the pre-war period, in the early ‘fifties Alfa Romeo took advantage of the opportunities of mass production, and of securing new buyer groups with vehicles using smaller engines. But because they also wanted to stay true to the tradition of building cars “with which you win races” (as an advertising slogan of the time put it), the launch of the limousine was put back, and Alfa Romeo rapidly designed a “stop-gap” model, in order to keep the customers interested: A 2+2 seater coupé, which made its debut on 21 April 1954 at the Turin Autosalon. No-one had any idea at the time that this model would lend wings to Alfa Romeo as no car had ever done before.The Giulietta Sprint, a 1.3 litre four-in-line with twin overhead camshafts, covered its name with glory, and at affordable prices provided very good driving characteristics, a dynamic body, and, last but by no means least, an impressive maximum speed for the period of 165 km/h. The Giulietta was fast and reliable. It had temperament and excellent brakes and became the dream of every Italian. News of the success of this Coupé even reached the USA, where there was an importer with vision: Max Hoffman in New York ordered 600 Giulietta Sprints from Alfa Romeo, on one condition: They had to be convertibles. Gian Battista “Pinin” Farina, at that time still an unknown chassis designer, was set the task, with no idea that his new creation would prove to be the breakthrough for the company. The faultless elegance of the design by Pininfarina (Farina’s name was later changed to “Pininfarina”), and the technology from Alfa Romeo inspired Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, just as it did the young bourgeoisie from Paris to New York. By 1962 more than 17,000 of these cars had been sold worldwide. What better way to live the Alfa Romeo myth than behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider from Nostalgic. Experience dreamy Italian settings: Amalfi Coast, the Mille Miglia or Gran Premio Nuvolari in Tuscany, Piedmont or the Lago Maggiore.
- Produktionszahlen (inkl. Veloce): 17.096 Stück
Technische Daten Karosserie: Pininfarina Modellvarianten / Bauzeit: 1955-1959 (750D), 1959-1962 (101.03) Motor: Vierzylinder in Reihe, wassergekühlt Einbaulage Motor: vorne, längs Antrieb: Heck Radstand: 2.200 (750D)/ 2.250 (101.03) Länge / Breite / Höhe (mm): 3.850 / 1.580 / 1.335 (750D) 3.900 / 1.580 / 1.500 (101.03) Leergewicht: 830 kg (750D)/ 865 kg (101.03) Reifengröße: 155-15 Tankinhalt: 53 l Verbrauch: 9 l/100 km Motorversionen Typ: 750D Hubraum (cm3): 1.290 Leistung (kW / PS – bei min-1): 48/ 65/ 6.000 Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 160 km/h Typ: 101.03 Hubraum (cm3): 1.290 Leistung (kW / PS – bei min-1): 59/ 80 / 6.000 Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 165 km/h
Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider
- With the introduction of the Giulia Limousine in June 1962, improvements to even the Giulietta Spider were due. A five-speed transmission and 1570 cc displacement instead of the 1290 cc in the Giulietta secured the open two-seater, already in demand, one sales success after another. The Pininfarina Spider from 1955, as the “Giulietta Spider”, became so deep-rooted in the hearts of its fans that the official name of its younger sister, the “Giulia Spider”, was only established among real afficionados. Striking external features which set it apart are the longitudinal chrome bar on the bonnet, which on the Giulia Spider was replaced by a transverse chrome-plated air intake, the legend “1600” on the boot, and the rims, not with triangular but oval holes. In just one decade, customers could choose from six chassis colours: Red was the favourite, followed by graphite grey (available from 1958), white, black, mid-blue, and light blue. The interiors matched, in black, red, or beige artificial leather. In total, more than 10,000 Giulia Spiders left the Alfa Romeo plant in Portello (Milan), including the 112 h.p. Veloce version. What better way to live the Alfa Romeo myth than behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider from Nostalgic. Experience dreamy Italian settings: Amalfi Coast, the Mille Miglia or Gran Premio Nuvolari in Tuscany, Piedmont or the Lago Maggiore.
- Produktionszahlen ca. 10.000 (einschließlich “Veloce”-Version)
Technische Daten Karosserie: Pininfarina Modellvarianten / Bauzeit: 1962-1965 Motor: Vierzylinder in Reihe, wassergekühlt Einbaulage Motor: vorne, längs Antrieb: Heck Radstand: 2.250 Länge / Breite / Höhe (mm): 3.900 / 1.580 / 1.335 Leergewicht: 885 kg Reifengröße: 155-15 Tankinhalt: 53 l Verbrauch: 10 l/100 km Motorversionen Typ: 101.23 Hubraum (cm3): 1.570 Leistung (kW / PS – bei min-1): 68 / 92/ 6.000 Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 175 km/h
Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce
- Even when the “Duetto” was at the concept stage, some people were convinced that the new Alfa Spider 2000 Veloce seemed old-fashioned, particularly at the rear. Before Pininfarina made the crucial change at the Turin studio, extensive studies were carried out in a wind tunnel. The results were very clear, at least in the sales figures. The changes affected not only the now striking tail with its much larger rear lights and continuous stainless steel bumper, but also the front section with a broader Alfa heart, details such as the handles being recessed in the doors and the spartan interior in the “Duetto”. The Spider was fitted initially with the renowned 1750 engine but was soon followed by a model with the 2000 fitted. This four-cylinder engine with the famous overhead camshafts had an output of up to 131 HP and helped the lightweight Spider to achieve performance which effectively left other sports cars standing. When launched in the UK, for example, a “Duetto” cost about as much as an E-Type Jaguar, and considerably more than an Austin Healey 3000. Alfa Romeo sold the cars in Germany at prices starting from 14,750 Marks (Switzerland: 17,500 Francs); or, by way of comparison, a Baur cabriolet version of the BMW 2002 cost 14,250 Marks. To this day, this model is still seen as one of the most successful Alfa Romeo cars ever. Its classic design makes the 2000 Veloce one of the most sought-after classic cabriolets of the 1970s. The powerful and resilient engine and rear-wheel drive provide unlimited driving pleasure. What better way to live the Alfa Romeo myth than behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce from Nostalgic. Experience dreamy Italian settings: Amalfi Coast, the Mille Miglia or Gran Premio Nuvolari in Tuscany, Piedmont or the Lago Maggiore.
- Produktionszahlen > 40.000
Technische Daten Karosserie: Pininfarina Modellvarianten / Bauzeit: 1972-1982 Motor: Vierzylinder in Reihe, wassergekühlt Einbaulage Motor: vorne, längs Antrieb: Heck Radstand: 2.250 Länge / Breite / Höhe (mm): 4.120 / 1.630 / 1.290 Leergewicht: 1020 kg Reifengröße: 165 HR 14/ 185 HR 14 Tankinhalt: 51 l Verbrauch: 11,5 l/100 km Motorversionen Typ: 105.24 Hubraum (cm3): 1.962 Leistung (kW / PS – bei min-1): 97 / 132 / 6.000 Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 190 km/h
Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce "Duetto"
- The making of the Duetto Spider: The Giulietta Spider was one of the rare stars of automotive design, but that meant even more headaches for the Alfa Romeo team responsible for designing a worthy successor. Thanks to the Giulia saloon and the Giulia Sprint Coupé (Bertone) which were introduced in June of 1962, The technology was avaliable to them. Pininfarina’s Turin bodyshop had already designed prototypes in the 1950s which centered around the fashion of streamlining that was so popular in those days. The Perspex covers over the headlights bear witness to that. On March 10th, 1966, the time had finally come. A renowned Alfa historian defines this day as the day on which the new 1600 Spider represented the “end of one love affair and the start of another” at the Geneva Motor Show. Alfa Romeo had used a major competition as a platform to ask the public for ideas on what to call the model and more than 100,000 suggestions were turned in. The winner, Guidobaldi Trionfi from the Mille Miglia town of Brescia, won a brand new, white“Duetto” for his efforts. Although the name never became its official model designation, Alfa Romeo simply placed the engine type before the name “Spider”. Even today, the name “Duetto” is the very embodiment of this style of body, with the rounded tail (also known as the “boat tail” or “Osso di Seppia” [cuttlefish bone]). The world of cinema helped, too. Just as the new model was launched, a young Dustin Hoffmann could be seen behind the wheel of this car in “The Graduate”. The Alfa Spider subsequently became a cult figure for American youth. The 1600 engine was soon replaced by the 1750 (“Veloce”) and the 1300 (“Junior”), both equipped with the famous twin Weber carburettors released in this country and a Spica injection for the US market. What better way to live the Alfa Romeo myth than behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo 1750 Veloce Spider from Nostalgic. Experience dreamy Italian settings: Amalfi Coast, the Mille Miglia or Gran Premio Nuvolari in Tuscany, Piedmont or the Lago Maggiore.
- Output figures ca. 4,685
Technical data Body: "Pininfarina" Model variation/building time 1967 – 1969 Motor: four cylinders in sequence, water-cooled Location of motor: in the front, longitudinal Type of engine: tail Wheelbase: 2.250 Length / Width / Height (mm): 4.250 / 1.630 / 1.290 Dead weight: 1040 kg Tire size: 165 HR 14 Tank capacity: 46 l Verbrauch: 11,4 l/100 km Motor versions Type: 105.57 Engine size (cm3): 1.779 Performance (kW / PS – bei min-1): 48/ 65/ 6.000 Top speed: 160 km/h Type: 101.03 Engine size (cm3): 1.290 Performance (kW / PS – bei min-1): 97 / 115 / 5.000 Top speed: 190 km/h