The 5 most beautiful classic cars from Alfa Romeo
This article is sure to split opinions
They always say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I'm sure we can all agree that Alfa Romeo has made many of the most attractive cars ever since it was founded in 1910. Here are five classic Alfas that, in my opinion, are the most stunning of all time.
5: Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA
Initially based on the boxy but beautiful Giulia saloon, the GTA was derived from the Giulia Sprint GT, a Bertone-designed coupe. But the 1.6-litre GTA model, at just 740 kilograms, weighed over 200kg less than the aforementioned GT. This meant that it was rather good at racing.
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In fact, the GTA was so good at racing that it ended up winning the European Touring Car Championship a total of five times between 1966 and 1971. But that's not why it's on this list. This well-proportioned, low-slung Giulia coupe is absolutely amazing, so it deserves a spot.
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4: Alfa Romeo Spider
The long-lived and gorgeous Alfa Romeo Spider was produced from 1966 to 1994 over four generations. The name of Alfa's new convertible was proposed to be 'Duetto' after a write-in competition was held, but due to issues with trademarking, it simply remained as the Spider.
The Pininfarina design was inspired by a number of their design study concept cars, especially the Giulietta SS Spider Aerodinamica. The smooth, streamlined design made it to production with the Alfa Romeo Spider and its timeless shape was kept alive for almost three decades.
3: Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2
The TZ was another car based on the Giulia, but this was no ordinary Giulia. This was an attractive, purpose-built racing car which weighed just 660 kilograms and could produce 160 horsepower from a race-ready Twin Cam engine. The holy combination of low weight, good power and excellent aerodynamics made it a very competitive endurance racer.
But the Giulia TZ2 was even better, both in terms of style and racing. A stronger, lighter and more streamlined fibreglass body was fitted, giving the TZ2 a nicer rear end and better aerodynamics to aid efficiency. It's not hard to see why this is one of Alfa's most iconic masterpieces of design and engineering.
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2: Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
The 33 Stradale, a road-going version of Alfa Romeo's Tipo 33 racing prototype, is considered by many as one of the most beautiful cars of all time. And rightfully so, with the low and sloped front end flowing to the smooth, flat rear end with elegance. Like many other Alfas of the time, these curves were not only beautiful, they also made the car more aerodynamically efficient.
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It was also one of the first mid-engine sports cars, placing a roaring 2-litre V8 engine behind the driver. This powerplant can produce up to 270 horsepower, although this may vary since each of the 18 hand-built cars are unique. Right now, the legendary 33 Stradale is worth well over $10 million, and after seeing the pure beauty of this machine, you will understand why.
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Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS
The Giulietta Sprint Speciale is surely the most stunning Alfa Romeo ever made. With a perfectly-shaped, wind-sculpted body, this was designed to be both an aerodynamic and a beautiful car. Weight and drag was kept low, so with 100 horsepower coming from its 1.3-litre engine, the Giulietta SS could reach an impressive top speed of around 124 miles per hour.
This was even more impressive when considering that the Jaguar XK120 achieved the same speed with 160 horsepower. But whilst Alfa Romeo were clearly the masters of aerodynamic design at the time, they also managed to make one of the most stunning cars of all time.