In collaboration with Franco Carrión – Classic Car expert
Alfa Romeo is known for creating some of the most seductive classics in the business. The brand was created in 1910 and has been involved in sports car racing since 1911. With over one hundred years of experience of building some of the most inspiring and influential cars to hit the roads, it is hard to know which ones deserve our attention. Our classic cars expert, Franco Vigorito, shared what are, in his opinion, the top 7 best Alfa Romeo models. Keep reading to find out which models made the list.
1. Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva 1954
The Sportiva is essentially a concept car, given that only four show cars were fully completed in total (two coupés and two spiders). Although it never made it to production, it is still considered to be one of the best sports cars built in the fifties. Its body was designed by Bertone’s Franco Scaglione. Alfa Romeo built the Sportiva model and paired it with an innovative design in an attempt to revive their glory from the pre-war period. The idea was to build ‘flying saucers’ with a tubular space frame and to use their pre-war engineering but with an even more powerful engine. The Sportiva boasts a pumped up version of the 1900 family saloon engine, making it reliable and fast. Designed for the road rather than the track, the build is quite small in order to stay competitive with cars such as the Mercedes-Benz SL300. This car was a great success and inspired many other sport car designs of the future.
2. Alfa Romeo T33/2 Stradale Prototipo 1967
Alfa Romeo is known for combining sex appeal and fun in their cars. The Stradale Prototipo is not only one of the most beautiful cars ever made, but the engineering capability makes it a force to be reckoned with. The car’s curvaceous design paired with the aluminium body wrapped around an aluminium tubular chassis make it extremely respected in racing circles. The famous butterfly doors and lightweight body of only 700 kg make this car is an extremely exceptional creation.
3. Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia 1938
The Mille Miglia is seen as one of the greatest classic cars ever created by some. It is one you expect to see at nearly any classic car event. The Mille Miglia was created in the 1930s with engineering expertise by the legend that is Vittorio Jano. This model was created to be a fast, supercharged and graceful machine and boy did they get it spot on. The car boasted a supercharged 2.9-litre inline-eight engine with 180 hp, able run on both track and road. If you are still not convinced that this is one of the greatest cars to roll out of Alfa Romeo’s factory, we’d like to point out that Ralph Lauren owned and loved this exact model as well. Different models with different engines were produced (both street and race versions). This was the 2.9 L (last series)
4. Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto 1966 – 1994
The Duetto Spider is the king of cool. This model was created to pay homage to open-top driving, speed and presence on the road. The sleek Italian design combined with the lightweight build made this car stand out from the rest and assured its characteristic nimble nature on those country roads. Everything from the design to the sound and the feel of this car are reasons why the Duetto Spider is considered to be one of the most seductive and coolest cars to hit the road.
5. Alfa Romeo Bertone Carabo 1968
The Bertone Carabo is arguably one of the most radically designed Alfa Romeos ever built. The Bertone was originally based on the Alfa Type 33 Stradale chassis, however, there are not many other similarities. The famous designer Gandini implemented the striking wedge shaped lines which would alter the way modern day supercars are designed. This car promised the future and continued to inspire designers for decades, which is why it makes our list.
6. Alfa Romeo Disco Volante 1952
One of Alfa’s most futuristics cars was the C52 ‘Disco Volante’. With its voluptuous curves, it could easily be mistaken for those of a Jaguar E-type; and indeed, had its cash-strapped manufacturer not shelved the project in favour of other pursuits, it might have become Alfa’s magnum opus. The C52 was conceived during an unstable period for Alfa Romeo. While the company had just won the 1951 Formula 1 World Championship, Alfa had post-war cash shortages that led to its withdrawal from the competition.
7. Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo Bertone
The first prototype of the Giulietta SS was presented in 1957 at the Turin Motor Show. The Bertone was to be the replacement for the Giulietta SS, but it never made it into production, making it an unique model not often seen in today’s world.
Whether you’re looking for a lightweight car to whizz around the country roads or a seductive sleek build that will gracefully get you where you’re going, there is no denying that Alfa Romeo has created some of the best cars in the world. Head over to our weekly Classic Car auctions where you can find a whole range of classic cars including Alfas and many other magnificent makes.