Our Friday Five topic this week is a result of popular demand! This week it’s our favourite Alfa Romeo’s. And what a category for a Friday Five!! Looking through images and info of great Alfa’s past and present has truly been a joy. Alfa Romeo’s are notoriously unreliable, yet they are also some of the prettiest cars ever produced. They’re rare too and are a true collector’s item! Enjoy our Friday Five, perhaps it might just inspire you to look at investing in an Italian icon:
1. Alfa Romeo 155
The 155 was one of Alfa’s flagship models throughout the 90s, especially the 2.5 litre V6 version. However, the best of all the 155’s would surely be the 155 GTA Z that was built in 1995. It came with a 2.0 turbocharged engine with 212bhp, so it was pretty nippy to say the least and it was super cool too! The 155 was also famed for its involvement in motorsport. A homologated GTA along with the V6 TI was used in touring car championships around the world and between 1992 and 1994, the 155 established quite a trophy cabinet as it won the DTM championship, the Italian Superturismo Championship, the Spanish Touring Car Championship and the British Touring Car Championship. A dominant force indeed and, in my view, the greatest Alfa of all time!
2. Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
The 33 Stradale is a car many of you have probably never come across due to how rare it is. If you’ve never seen one before then feast your eyes on what has to be one of the most beautiful cars ever! The 33 Stradale was also unique and innovative as it’s thought to be the first production car to feature dihedral doors whilst the car made use of a 2.0 litre V8 that revved all the way to 10,000 rpm producing 230 bhp. This meant it would get to 60mph in 5.5 seconds whilst it also had a top speed of 160 mph. The 33 Stradale demands respect!
3. Alfa Romeo Guilia
The Giulia, first built in 1962, was a lightweight sports saloon that offered cracking performance in such an era; better than many sports cars of the late 60s and early 70s as the Super version of the Giulia offered a twin carburettor 1.6 litre engine that produced 110 bhp and would hit the magic 60 mph mark in under 12 seconds. In addition, the Giulia had an exceptionally low drag coefficient. It was even lower than the Porsche 911 of the time. This all added to the appeal of the Giulia. They are, like most other classic Alfa’s, very rare to come by these days.
4. Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto
The 1600 Spider Duetto is part of this week’s Friday Five for one reason – it’s gorgeous! Just look at it! Pininfarina, who’ve been employed quite famously by Ferrari for the design of the majority of their cars, were tasked with designing the Spider and they certainly did not disappoint. Fancy one? They’ll only set you back between £10,000 – £20,000. Motor insurance will also be pretty reasonable whilst you won’t have to pay a penny for road tax. A bargain!
5. Alfa Romeo BAT
The ‘BAT’ concepts built by Alfa have made it into our top five because of how unique and wacky they really are. They also bear an uncanny resemblance with Bruce Wayne’s original Batmobile. However, don’t be fooled into thinking they’re named the BAT cars because of that. The BAT concepts were first revealed in 1953, more than a decade before the original TV series Batmobile was unveiled of course. BAT actually stands for “Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica” and they were built as a research project into the effects of drag on a vehicle. The cars are currently being exhibited in California.
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