Alfa Romeo is the Gold Sponsor of the historic commemoration of the “most beautiful race in the world” which will start and finish in Brescia. Among the 464 automobiles registered, two exclusive cars of the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo stand out: the “1900 Sport Spider” (1954) and the “750 Competizione” (1955).
Alongside the new Giulietta Sprint that pays tribute to the 1954 icon. In honour of EXPO 2015, a passage is planned at the Villa Reale in Monza, one of the institutional headquarters of the Lombardy Region, and later, to the nearby Autodromo Nazionale.
As the Gold Sponsor, Alfa Romeo will participate at the 2015 edition of the historic commemoration of the Mille Miglia, the “most beautiful race in the world” – according to the famous definition of Enzo Ferrari – which will start from Brescia on Thursday, May 14 and return on Sunday, May 17, after passing through some of the most picturesque locations of Italy.
The brand is showcasing two official cars from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo – the “1900 Sport Spider” (1954) and the “750 Competizione” (1955), two exclusive high-performance roadsters. It is worth to remember that the Biscione cars triumphed eleven times at Mille Miglia ‒ a record of success that will never be beaten. And this year marks the 80th anniversary of the victory of Pintacuda and Della Stufa with the Tipo B “P3″ specially prepared for the 1935 edition, followed in ranking by five other Alfa Romeo cars.
Some race and some adventure, the 33th edition of the “Freccia Rossa” will feature 464 cars entered by teams from 42 countries that will face a challenging course of 1,760 km. The regular race consists of 84 special tests including 76 traditional tests and 8 medium ones. What many consider as “the most prestigious travelling museum in the world” will also halt at the Villa Reale in Monza, institutional headquarters of the Lombardy Region, and at the Autodromo Nazionale, on the occasion of Expo 2015 of which Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and CNH Industrial are the Official Global Partners. Therefore, one more reason to keep this prestigious appointment that gathers the warmth and admiration of the public every year: a clear sign that these cars still elicit strong emotions, even in the younger people who throng the squares.
In detail, the “1900 Sport Spider” is a racing roadster equipped with a 4-cylinder DOHC engine of the “1900”, dry sump, brought to a maximum power of 138 hp, that launches the car at 220 km/h, thanks to a weight of 880 kilograms and particularly efficient aerodynamics. The “1900 SS ” is equipped with a 5-speed gearbox and a De Dion rear axle ‒ the performance and drivability of the car are modern, responsive and sincere, with a high grip. The design was implemented by Bertone: compact and essential, it transmits the “dynamism” typical of all Alfa Romeo cars.
The second car showcased is the “750 Competizione”, which is also a competition roadster, created in 1955 to compete in the “sports up to 1.5 litres” category. The “750”, whose name incorporates the code-type of the almost contemporary “Giulietta”, is designed using a 4-cylinder DOHC engine with a light alloy of the “Giulietta”, with displacement increased to 1488 cc and with “double switch “. The maximum power goes up to 145 hp (reached at 9,500 rpm) that allows it to reach a speed of 220 km/h. The powertrain is mounted in the front-central position, so as to optimize the weight distribution. Behind the wheel the “750 Competizione” is ready and responsive, incredibly effective at high speeds. The style of the body, which differs from all other Alfa Romeo cars from the first half of the 1950s, is by Boano.
Alongside these rarities of the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo, the Giulietta Sprint will also parade under the banner of that unbreakable “fil rouge” between the cars of the past and those produced currently. Excellent aesthetics, exciting performance and top technological equipment, make this new version the natural heir of the historic Giulietta Sprint that 60 years ago won fans from around the world. It was the Giulietta in the 1950s that made motorists dream, making their desire of owning an Alfa Romeo, accessible, for the first time. Today it is up to the new Giulietta Sprint to pick up the baton and pay tribute to the icon of 1954, founder of an entire class of cars and one of the emblematic products of Made in Italy.