2015 Chicago Auto Show: The Best Cars At The Show… Are Old Alfa Romeos

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Sure, the new cars can be fun. The new Ford GT is here, for example. Still, you know we love old cars best here in the Hooniverse. That’s why all of us on site here in Chicago are drooling over what’s happening at the Alfa Romeo booth.
The 4C Spider parked up front is nice and all, but it’s thankfully not blocking the view of the old-time action happening behind it. Alfa has trotted out a trio of truly amazing machines.

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First up is this absolutely stunning 1967 33 Stradale. It was based on the Tipo 33 race car, yet it has far prettier lines and it was made for the street. Power comes from a 2.0-liter flat-plane-crank V8 engine that can rev to 10,000 rpm. Just imagine that noise for a moment… I’ll give you time.
Each engine was hand built, so power estimates vary from around 240 horsepower up to over 250 horsepower.
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It’s not just the Stradale that is here to steal your heart and soul though, as there are are pair of race cars parked in the booth as well. The first car pictured above is a 1951 Alfetta Tipo 159. It was the final year for the car, and it packs way more power than the larger car shown above. That’s because it features a supercharged straight-eight engine under the long hood, which is good for 425 horsepower.
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Finally, tucked behind the tail of a 4C sits this 1931 Tipo B race car. Under the hood is another straight eight, which is really two four-cylinder engines slammed together. It’s also supercharged, and this car weighs in at just over 1,500 pounds.
Oh… and it has leaf springs at all four corners.
Tazio Nuvolari drove one to victory during the 1932 Italian Grand Prix. The Tipo B would go on to win 45 more races before being replaced in 1935.
So yes, while new cars are fun… it’s old cars like these that provide the true wonder and soul for anyone who loves cars.
[Images copyright 2015 Hooniverse/Jeff Glucker]

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  1. engineerd™ Avatar

    That 33 Stradale is pure sex on wheels.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      No, it's what sex aspires to feel like.

      1. 1977chevytruck Avatar

        And we wonder why we are shunned by the general populace…

    2. mike Avatar

      Fun fact: it's the first production car with butterfly doors and the first production car with a 6-speed manual.

  2. skitter Avatar

    How did you escape the gravity that makes you sit on the floor and stare at it until they shut off the lights, and then how did you not remain in the same position, waiting, hoping for the lights to turn back on tomorrow?

  3. Tom Avatar

    Great cars. First time I will go to the Chicago Auto show in 10 years. I remember Alfa brought a 164 Procar to the Chicago Auto Show back in 1992. That is the mid engined 10 cylinder race car that looks like a street 164. The Italians know how to put on a show!!

  4. longrooffan Avatar

    One can only hope the new Alfa's live up to the sex appeal of their ancestors. Good Luck.

  5. Rover_1 Avatar

    Are they going to show the other Alfa 33 based cars, partly made because of the availability of spare 33 chassis due to them not selling ( because of the very high price.)
    They were all very influential at the time and over the next 20 years, specially the Carabo, (and the DeLorean DMC took the Iguana's stainless steel skin.)
    The Carabo by Gandini at Bertone '68
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/71/1968_Alfa_Romeo_Carabo.jpg/800px-1968_Alfa_Romeo_Carabo.jpg"width="600"&gt;
    P33.2 by Fiorivanti at Pininfarina '69
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1f/1969_Alfa_Romeo_Tipo_33.2_-_Flickr_-_andrewbasterfield.jpg/1024px-1969_Alfa_Romeo_Tipo_33.2_-_Flickr_-_andrewbasterfield.jpg"width="600"&gt;
    P33 Navajo by Bertone '76
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/01/1976_Alfa_Romeo_Navajo_-_Flickr_-_Supermac1961.jpg/1024px-1976_Alfa_Romeo_Navajo_-_Flickr_-_Supermac1961.jpg"width="600"&gt;
    33 Iguana by Guigiaro at Ital Design '69
    <img src="http://www.supercars.net/gallery/119513/2446/940141.jpg"width="600"&gt;
    33 Cuneo by Paolo Martin at Pininfarina '71
    <img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tUUdXGTUqPo/T0YUscFkFbI/AAAAAAAAGN4/6dVCEynE4Cg/s1600/1971_Pininfarina_Alfa-Romeo_P33_Cuneo_12.jpg"width="600"&gt;

    1. Das Shtig Avatar
      Das Shtig

      Sweet Lord. #NSFW I mean I knew those cars had been made. I did NOT realize they were on the 33 chassis. MY GOD.

    2. Manic_King Avatar

      Seems that Giugiaro used 33 Iguana's front part on Maserati Bora he also designed. And rear end design elements ended up on Lambos.

  6. joshuman Avatar

    If you have not already watched the wonderful Victory by Design series hosted by Alain de Cadenet, now is a good time to start. This happens to be a Russian translation but the cars sound the same in any language: https://vimeo.com/8635613 .

    1. Rover_1 Avatar

      Thanks, well recommended.

  7. salguod Avatar

    These cars were at NAIAS too. Beautiful.

  8. john875 Avatar

    The funny thing is a 2300cc supercharged straight eight sounds just like a 1960s V8 race car