The Most Attractive Italian Classic

[Series 1: The 2000 Berlina] 'What Makes the Alfa Romeo Berlina so Iconic and Beautiful' [Car Review]

2y ago


Berlina 2000: European cars of the 60s 70s and 80s focused on midsize sedans the captured the spectators' eyes, with their chrome bumpers trim and iconic grills, as you can see accented in cars such as the BMW E9, Citroen 2CV and the 2000 Berlina (Pictured above). Although the Alfa shared many design ideas with other Euros it still is able to set its self apart as the most beautiful Italian car, if not the most beautiful European car of the 1970s.


"it is first and foremost functionality, without a doubt, that validates the project..."

giorgetto giugiaro


Giorgetto Giugiaro’s name is synonymous with automotive design immensity, designing cars such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Fiat Panda, BMW M1 and numerous more. Giugiaro not only wanted elegance but also utility. The interior is precisely what you’d expect getting in an 1970s European car, fitted and modest. The Berlina was plastered with striking leather and wood trim. The thin hint of chrome bounded the interments and door panels carrying the chrome ques from the exterior. A lack of airbags kept the dashboard minimal, everything was aesthetically appealing with quality materials and hints of Italian craftsmanship.

Everything from the turn signals to the windshield is seamlessly crafted, with soft curves that catch the sun and display saddle elegance. The Berlina had some sporty versions made but, in the end, it was still just an European family car. One distanced element made this “family car” standout from the rest, just as the iconic BMW kidney grills, the alfa ‘V’ or ‘Villa d’Este’ grill as its formally known adds an aggressive tinge contrasting perfectly with the guiltless quad circular headlights. The outward facing wiper arms and single door side mirror are a couple of other features that made the Alfa unique.

The elevated greenhouse gave the impression that one was sitting up higher than they truly were from the road, giving one a sense of authority and control as they zipped down the narrow Italian village roads. The soft curve from the windshield the nose kept the Alfa from looking comparable to a boxy Volvo or Lada. The sunlight highlights the Italian silhouette, no matter if the Berlina was fitted with steel or alloy wheels it still holds its prestige and handsome Italian craftsmanship.

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Comments (7)

  • And to contradict even myself here is a pic a Giulia in a set of supercars (from the Classic Remise Düsseldorf). These are supernatural things that are hard to explain :)

      2 years ago
  • That is some bold claim... This car would probably land in the bottom third of my Italian corner.

    I recall the lovely PS I Love you exhibition showcasing a careful selection of the essence of beauty ( ). There are all kind of Italian cars from the usual suspects (like Lambo Miura and Countache) to exotics like Cisitalia and Bizzarrini. They are nothing like this. In fact there is a elegant sister Giulietta, especially on the pure Sprint coupé, not to mention the GTV), I would take any time.

    In fact I would take the recent Alfa 156 and 159 as classics anytime before this Giuia.

      2 years ago
    • I love how simple it looks the Alfa 156 is stunning tho so I can agree

        2 years ago
    • There a few future Classics worth keeping for later collector pieces, like the Alfa GT and Brera. But even a 159 might seem like an interesting proposition, given the wide circle of collectors (focussed on pre 70's models of course) and its...

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        2 years ago
  • I respect ur opinion but Abarth 204a Berlinetta is breathtaking! Such a beauty

      2 years ago