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the Alfa Romeo Tipo 158

September 1st, 2017 by admin

the Alfa Tipo B that made its first appearance in 1932. Between then and 1934, it won every grand prix in which it was entered, driven by the likes of Rudolf Caracciola and the great Tazio Nuvolari, who many rate as the greatest driver of all time. In 1933, Alfa Romeo was nationalized and officially withdrew from the sport, although Ferrari continued to field the cars on a semi-works basis.

Even against the might of the emerging German marques such as Mercedes and Auto Union, Nuvolari managed some mighty feats with the Tipo B, none better than his win in the 1935 German Grand Prix.

Alfa took full control of its racing programme again in 1938, but the war intervened. Put off by the German dominance of grand prix racing in the late 1930s, Gioacchino Columbo designed an Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 for the smaller voiturette class in 1939.

Legend has it that three Alfettas spent the war hidden in a cheese factory in northern Italy while the Germans occupied Italy, but were subsequently brought out in 1946 and under the new, pragmatic postwar regulations it automatically became a grand prix car and dominated the scene for the remainder of the 1940s. Alfa Romeo enjoyed a string of 26 unbroken wins.

By 1951, some 13 years after it was designed, the supercharged car, now in 159 guise, took Juan Manuel Fangio to his first world title in the final race of the season, the Spanish Grand Prix, in a shoot-out against the Ferraris of Alberto Ascari, Froilan Gonzalez and Piero Taruffi. It was the car’s last race and Alfa Romeo then turned its attention to sports car racing.

The moment the flag fell to mark the beginning of the first ever F1 World Championship race on May 13th 1950 at Silverstone there was little doubt what car would cross the finish line first. Four Alfa Romeo 158s lined up ahead of all others thus continuing their 3 year long domination. One Alfetta (which means ‘Little Alfa’ in Italian because of its compact dimensions) retired during the race but the others finished 1-2-3 and left their nearest opponent 2 laps behind.

What is most incredible is that this car was already a 13-year-old design. When the new German Nazi government decided to go motor racing it did so with remarkable funds, technology and people. Other nations’ manufacturers couldn’t keep up with these newly set standards. Italy, keen to stay at the forefront of at least one aspect of motor racing turned its back to Grand prix cars and decided to build cars for the Voiturette class. ‘Voiturette’ or, in Italian, ‘Veturetta’ was considered a ‘step-down’ class similar to Formula 2 or Formula 3000 of today. Gioacchino Colombo designed a new Alfa Romeo 158 (‘15’ for 1,500cc and ‘8’ for 8 cylinders) on behalf of Alfa Romeo and its chief Orazio Satta.

Its straight-eight supercharged engine produced nearly 200bhp at 7,000rpm. It had a single-stage Roots supercharger with 17.6psi boost and twin overhead camshafts. The engine block was cast in Elektron (magnesium) and what was unusual for that time, it consisted of two separate castings integrated with a common head. The sump and crankcase were cast with identical material. The crankshaft was chrome nickel steel and the whole engine weighed only 363lb

1951 saw the Alfa Romeo’s first major defeat since 1939 when Froilan Gonzalez drove a Ferrari 375 to victory in British GP at Silverstone. The 27-race-long winning streak had ended. Ferrari’s won 2 more races that year but Alfa Romeo’s Fangio managed to claim the World Championship at last race of the season. There Alfa brought the 159M (Maggiorata = increased) cars with reinforced frame tubes and cantilevers above both frame rails.

By then, Alfa’s fuel consumption, thanks to ever-increasing supercharger pressure and rpms, had fallen to 1.7mpg (170liters/100km)! The cars needed 2 or 3 refueling stops to complete a race distance while the 4.5-liter unsupercharged competition could run virtually non-stop. The engines were thermally stressed to such a degree that a so called ‘fifth stroke’ was needed. This required that some amount of unburned fuel was needed to be run through the cylinders just to cool them down a bit.

The cars had reached the limit of their development and with not enough funds to build a completely new car Alfa Romeo was forced to withdraw from racing and thus the incredible story of these cars came to an end.

In late December 1942, after the bombing of Italian cities had started but had not yet targeted the Alfa factory, the removal of strategic documents and departments commenced. The Air Force spent 10 million, later extended to 30, to move the offices and workshops. The Design and Experimental Department was the first moved to a safe place, joined by the technical archives. They were installed at Orta, on a lake of the same name, located west of the Major Lake.

A few kilometres away, in a hilly north-eastern location called Armeno, were transferred the experimental workshops, where the parts for the AR 1101 28 cylinder were built. Ing. Gatti, transferred from Naples to Armeno with his staff, as there was no space left in Orta; he recalls they were housed in a knife factory called Inuggi.

They first worked on aeroplanes projects, then switched to the famous stoves and other postwar transition products. The transfer to and supply of the new locations was very difficult for both the material and the workers. The nuts and bolts production was moved to Vanzago (west of Milan, not far from Arese) and the auxiliary production together with metallurgic and chemical laboratories to Melzo, east of Milan, not far from Gorgonzola.

a beautiful example of an Alfa

June 28th, 2017 by admin

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a beautiful example of an Alfa

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May 16th, 2017 by admin

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Mario Revelli di Beaumont designs

October 3rd, 2016 by admin

1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Cabriolet Sportivo

1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Coupé Bertone

1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Bertone Coupe

1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Aprile

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1/2 cleaned 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Zagato at the 2016 Villa d Este Concourso, awarded best preserved

September 20th, 2016 by admin

Half the car is cleaned but not restored, while the other is in as-found condition.

Corrado Lopresto treated the Alfa as a work of art, saving as much as possible of the amazingly well-preserved original. But he also decided to clean only half the car, leaving the other half frozen in time. In the uncleaned half, Lopresto preserved everything (including the dust) under a thin layer of transparent matte lacquer.

Reportedly the first unrestored car allowed on the green at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the Alfa displayed a clear dividing line from its heart-shaped grille to its Kamm tail, leaving half of the car left just as Lopresto found the car in California.

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1/2 cleaned 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Zagato at the 2016 Villa d Este Concourso, awarded best preserved

the driver has just won the race if that checkered flag in the passenger seat is right, and just kissed the trophy girl if her expression is right

January 14th, 2016 by admin

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All right, finally the "Hunt" for the Alfa is known, it’s a – follow every move we make – to figure out to find it – when they get done driving it, marketing gimmic

November 24th, 2015 by admin

I don’t have time for this twitter culture nonsense.

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1000 Miglia Alfa Romeo at the Rodeo Dr Concours

June 22nd, 2015 by admin

I think that the most special parts of an antique car are the little things that aren’t factory parts. The dealership that sold the car putting a tag on the dash or glovebox door (like last weeks Dodge at the San Marino) or a timing tag from El Mirage, Harpers, or Rusetta, or like this garage tag. Of course, some cars are one of a kind, but for the rest, there are more than one, and they all came from the factory the same unless they had something happen to them of significance, like winning a race, etc.

Interesting fairing

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the smart devils at Petrolicious, they did the perfect St Patricks Day post… of why Alfas had 4 leaf clovers on the hoods

March 19th, 2015 by admin

You have to admire the precise thinking over at Petrolicious, no one else thought to post about this!

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Carrozeria Alfa Romeo in the Carrera Panamericana

April 19th, 2014 by admin

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Carrozeria Alfa Romeo in the Carrera Panamericana