In addition to finally pulling the wraps off its all-new Giulia sport sedan, Alfa Romeo also opened the doors to its refreshed museum in Arese, Italy that had been closed since 2011. The museum features more than 200 cars, including rare concepts and famous race cars such as the 159 F1 car in which Juan Manuel Fangio won his first world championship.
Keep reading to explore 10 of the coolest cars at Alfa Romeo’s revamped museum.
24 HP, 1910
A.L.F.A’s (later Alfa Romeo) first car was produced in 1910 by Giuseppe Merosi. The car was used for racing in 1911 in the Targa Florio, and by 1913, 200 24 HPs had been made.
8C Competizione, 2007
Super limited production meant only 500 coupes and 500 convertibles were made. The stunning carbon-fiber body was motivated by a Maserati/Ferrari-derived 4.7-liter V-8, and the chassis was borrowed from the Maserati GranTurismo. It was also the first car officially sold Stateside after Alfa’s departure in 1995.
40/60 Aerodinamica, 1914
Based on the 40/60 HP road/race car, the Aerodinamica was an attempt to create an aerodynamic and thus high-speed car. Its body was created by coachbuilder Carrozzeria Castagna and could reach a top speed of 86 mph.
8C 2900B Lungo, 1937
Designed for racing the Mille Miglia, the 8C featured a powerful 2.9-liter V-8 producing 180 hp. The 2900B Lungo version of the 8C was a stretched version with touring in mind and was bodied by Carrozzeria Touring. Only 33 8C 2900Bs were ever produced.
1600 Duetto Spider, 1966
Perhaps one of the most famous Alfas because of its appearance in the 1967 classic “The Graduate,” the 1600 Duetto Spider become an icon of the decade. Its cuttlefish-bone profile was the last design of famed designer Battista Pinin Farina.
Gran Premio Tipo A, 1931
The first single-seat race car designed by Alfa, the Tipo A featured two straight-six engines that ran in parallel and produced 230 hp, allowing the car to hit a maximum speed of 149 mph. Due to its advanced design, however, it was extremely unreliable. Only four examples were made, and all of them disappeared. Only this replica at the Alfa Romeo museum remains.
GP Tipo 159 Alfetta, 1951
In 1950, the previous version of the 159, the 158, dominated the F1 circuit, winning every race in which it was entered. The 159 version received further updates, including a more powerful version of its supercharged, 2.9-liter straight-eight. Unfortunately, because of its large supercharger and small-displacement engine, it only got 1.5 miles per gallon. This was also the car that famed F1 driver Juan Manuel Fangio drove to his first of five F1 championships.
GP Tipo 512, 1940
The first mid-engine car that Alfa produced, the Tipo 512 was an extremely advanced race car for its time. To keep the center of gravity low, it featured a 1.5-liter flat-12 engine with two superchargers capable of producing 335 hp — that’s an astonishing 200 hp per liter. Unfortunately, the war ended development of the car.
33 Stradale Prototipo, 1967
As the Stradale name (Italian for “road-going”) indicates, this was the road-legal version of the Tipo 33 Sports Prototype race car. This was the first car to ever feature butterfly doors, and it also had unique side windows that curve into the roof. Only 18 were made, and because each was hand-made, every car has minor differences that make it unique. In 1968, it was the most expensive vehicle on sale — $17,000 USD — and it is now estimated to cost around $10 million.
Giulia TZ 2, 1965
Designed as a race car and homologated for street use, the Giulia TZ 2 featured a unique styling element called “coda tronca,” or short tail. The rear of the car was simply cut short instead of coming to an aerodynamic tail. Aerodynamic tests confirmed that cutting the tail short did not cause an increase in drag and possibly lead to additional downforce, which was desirable around a circuit.